List of theoretical physicists

The following is a partial list of notable physics theorists, those who are recognized in theoretical physics. Arranged by century of birth, then century of death, then year of birth. For explanation of symbols, see Notes at end of this article.

Ancient timesEdit

Middle AgesEdit

15th–16th centuryEdit

16th century and 16th–17th centuriesEdit

17th centuryEdit

17th–18th centuriesEdit

18th centuryEdit

18th–19th centuriesEdit

19th centuryEdit

19th–20th centuriesEdit

20th centuryEdit

20th–21st centuryEdit

Fictional theoretical physicistsEdit

See alsoEdit


* Experimentalist also
º Astronomer, astrophysicist or cosmologist also
^ Developed new mathematics
† Contributed to chemistry
‡ Contributed to biology
ª List of women in theoretical physics also