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
Robert G. Edwards
Robert G. Edwards
Biologist (Physiologist)
United Kingdom 1 505 506
Stephen Hawkings
Stephen Hawking
Physicist (Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist)
United Kingdom 5 494 499
MC 85037634 8
Frederick Sanger
Chemist (structure of proteins, especially that of insulin)
United Kingdom 2 477 479
Ryoji Noyori
Ryoji Noyori
Chemist (Chemist)
Japan 1 469 470
Kurt Wuthrich
Kurt Wuthrich
Chemist (Chemist)
Switzerland 0 456 456
Peter Agre
Peter Agre
Chemist (Chemist)
United States 0 452 452
Robert Curl
Robert F Curl Jr
Chemist (Physical Chemist)
United States 0 443 443
Sidney Altman
Sidney Altman
Biologist (Molecular Biologist)
CanadaUnited Arab Emirates 0 426 426
Kenneth R. Seddon
Chemist (Ionic liquids)
60 364 424
John Bennett Fenn
John Bennett Fenn
Chemist (Mass Spectrometry)
United States 0 420 420