The World’s greatest scientists

Find the world’s greatest living scientists in our Superstars of Science league table below.  All scientists are awarded a score based on their academic achievements as well as their popularity.  Find out how scores are calculated.

You can browse the scientists listed below in order of their overall scores, or you can search for scientists that you’re specifically interested in using the box below to search by name, institution, discipline, country and keyword.

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# Scientist Country Public Score Academic Score Overall Score
1
Ahmed Zewail
Ahmed H. Zewail
Chemist (Femtochemist)
Egypt 157 2021 2178
2
Robert Huber
Germany 12 1838 1850
3
Phillip_Sharp
Phillip A. Sharp
Biologist (Molecular Biologist, RNA splicing)
United States 2 1720 1722
4
Donnall_Thomas
E. Donnall Thomas
Chemist (bone marrow transplantation as a treatment for leukemia)
United States 8 1431 1439
5
Gerhard Ertl
Gerhard Ertl
Chemist (Chemist)
Germany 1 1403 1404
6
Paul Greengard
Paul Greengard
Biologist (Molecular and cellular function of neurons)
United States 1 1321 1322
7
Ferid_Murad
Ferid Murad
Chemist (Physician and Pharmacologist)
AlbaniaUnited States 5 1261 1266
8
Elias James Corey
United States 0 1177 1177
9
John E Walker
John E. Walker
Chemist (Chemist)
United Kingdom 2 1147 1149
10
Theodor Hansch
Theodor Hansch
Physicist (laser-based precision spectroscopy)
Germany 1 1101 1102