The 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today

Science makes the world go round. TheBestSchools.org presents scientists who are spinning it the fastest.

February 17, 2014

From neuroscience, genetics, biotechnology and digital media to sustainable energy and cloud computing, almost everything today is somehow affected – and sometimes entirely reshaped – by scientific and technological advances.

By science in this article we mean the natural and engineering sciences (we thus exclude pure mathematics as well as the social sciences). Thus, in this article, we focus on scientists in the biological, medical, and physical sciences as well as those concerned with technology and especially computers.

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The 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today

TheBestSchools.org, February, 2014

  1. Alain Aspect
  2. David Baltimore
  3. Allen J. Bard
  4. Timothy Berners-Lee
  5. John Tyler Bonner
  6. Dennis Bray
  7. Sydney Brenner
  8. Pierre Chambon
  9. Simon Conway Morris
  10. Mildred S. Dresselhaus
  11. Gerald M. Edelman
  12. Ronald M. Evans
  13. Anthony S. Fauci
  14. Andrew Z. Fire
  15. Jean M.J. Fréchet
  16. Margaret J. Geller
  17. Jane Goodall
  18. Alan Guth
  19. Lene Vestergaard Hau
  20. Stephen Hawking
  21. Peter Higgs
  22. Leroy Hood
  23. Eric R. Kandel
  24. Andrew H. Knoll
  25. Charles K. Kao
  26. Martin Karplus
  27. Donald Knuth
  28. Robert J. Marks II
  29. Craig C. Mello
  30. Luc Montagnier
  31. Gordon Moore
  32. Kary B. Mullis
  33. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
  34. Seiji Ogawa
  35. Jeremiah P. Ostriker
  36. Roger Penrose
  37. Stanley B. Prusiner
  38. Henry F. Schaefer III
  39. Thomas C. Südhof
  40. Jack W. Szostak
  41. James M. Tour
  42. Charles H. Townes
  43. Harold E. Varmus
  44. Craig Venter
  45. James D. Watson
  46. Steven Weinberg
  47. George M. Whitesides
  48. Edward O. Wilson
  49. Edward Witten
  50. Shinya Yamanaka

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