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.

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
Hideki Shirakawa
Hideki Shirakawa
Chemist (Chemist)
Japan 1 220 221
Osamu Shimomura
Osamu Shimomura
Chemist (green fluorescent protein)
Japan 0 221 221
Harold Varmus
Harold E. Varmus
Virologist (Retroviral oncogenes)
United States 0 220 220
Konstantin Sergeevich Novoselov
Konstantin Sergeevich Novoselov
Physicist (Applied Physicist)
Russia 1 203 204
Susumu Tonegawa
Susumu Tonegawa
Biologist (Antibody diversity)
Japan 2 200 202
Steven Chu
Dr. Steven Chu
Physicist (Physicist)
United States 0 200 200
Luc Montagnier
Luc Montagnier
France 1 193 194
Peter Grunberg
Peter Grünberg
Physicist (Physicist)
Germany 0 189 189
Davies Louis
Louis Davies
Physicist (semiconductor devices)
Australia 3 184 187
Yoichiro Nambu
Yoichiro Nambu
Physicist (Physicist)
Japan 0 181 181