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
Makoto Kobayashi
Makoto Kobayashi
Physicist (Theoretical Physicist)
Japan 0 180 180
Koichi Tanaka
Koichi Tanaka
Chemist (Applied Chemist)
Japan 8 172 180
Aaron Ciechanover
Aaron Ciechanover
Chemist (Biochemist)
Israel 0 171 171
Richard Fred Heck
Richard F. Heck
Chemist (palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions, heck reactions)
United States 0 163 163
Toshihide Masukawa
Toshihide Maskawa
Physicist (Theoretical Physicist)
Japan 0 160 160
Roy J Glauber
Roy J. Glauber
Physicist (Theoretical Physicist)
United States 0 148 148
Liz Dennis
Dr. Liz Dennis
Biologist (Plant Biologist)
Australia 0 142 142
Joseph E. Murray
Surgeon (Organ and cell transplantation, plastic surgery)
United States 0 122 122
Dr Oliver Smithies
Dr Oliver Smithies
Biologist (Geneticist)
0 100 100
Stephen Wolfram
Dr. Stephen Wolfram
Physicist (Physicist, Mathematician)
United Kingdom 0 91 91