Best Physics Scientists

The 1st edition of Research.com ranking of top Physics scientists is based on data collected from Microsoft Academic Graph on December 6th, 2021. Position in the ranking is based on a scientist's D-index (Discipline H-index), which only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline. Show more

Our best scientists ranking is a reliable list of leading scientists from the area of Physics, based on a meticulous examination of 166,880 scientists on Microsoft Academic Graph. For the discipline of Physics, over 51,056 profiles were examined.

The D-index threshold for approving a scholar to be considered is set to 70 if most of their publications are in the field of Physics. The inclusion criteria for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the given discipline in addition to the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-index threshold for listing top scientists is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of researchers estimated for each discipline whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading scientists are considered into the ranking. There should be a proximity of 30% or less between a scientist's general H-index and their D-index.

Because the main goal is to ensure that only genuine researchers are included in the ranking we believe that numbers are never meant to be an absolute measure to quantify the contributions of scientists. This is why we manually verify each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of credible sources. Even though it’s not a metric defining a scientist’s position in the ranking, the amount of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a reliable secondary indication of their contribution to research in a given discipline. Position in the ranking is based on each scientist’s D-index using data compiled from Microsoft Graph, which is the most prominent and well-established bibliometric database of this type available to the scientific community. A detailed definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page .

Our aim is to inspire scholars, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers worldwide to explore where leading experts are heading and to provide an opportunity for the entire scientific community to discover who the leading experts in specific fields of research, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.

World
National
Scholar
D-Index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines.
Citations
Publications
1 World 1 National Donald P. Schneider

Donald P. Schneider

Pennsylvania State University, United States
D-index 269 Citations 323,475 1,284
2 World 2 National Michael A. Strauss

Michael A. Strauss

University of Oklahoma, United States
D-index 252 Citations 394,160 1,525
3 World 3 National Joel Nathan Butler

Joel Nathan Butler

Fermilab, United States
D-index 251 Citations 413,256 2,368
4 World 4 National J. E. Brau

J. E. Brau

University of Oregon, United States
D-index 223 Citations 309,377 1,789
5 World 1 National Bobby Samir Acharya

Bobby Samir Acharya

King's College London, United Kingdom
D-index 223 Citations 314,201 1,348
6 World 5 National Guenakh Mitselmakher

Guenakh Mitselmakher

University of Florida, United States
D-index 221 Citations 269,231 1,817
7 World 1 National Jovan Milosevic

Jovan Milosevic

University of Belgrade, Serbia
D-index 217 Citations 213,421 1,371
8 World 2 National George Efstathiou

George Efstathiou

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
D-index 217 Citations 241,162 570
9 World 6 National Andrew White

Andrew White

The University of Texas at Arlington, United States
D-index 214 Citations 284,897 1,376
10 World 1 National Michael Kramer

Michael Kramer

Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Germany
D-index 210 Citations 201,462 1,479
11 World 1 National G. de Zotti

G. de Zotti

National Institute for Astrophysics, Italy
D-index 210 Citations 262,139 840
12 World 7 National Edward Witten

Edward Witten

Institute for Advanced Study, United States
D-index 209 Citations 246,159 393
13 World 2 National Simon D. M. White

Simon D. M. White

Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Germany
D-index 209 Citations 324,126 619
14 World 8 National David J. Schlegel

David J. Schlegel

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States
D-index 208 Citations 248,566 491
15 World 3 National Rob Ivison

Rob Ivison

European Southern Observatory, Germany
D-index 207 Citations 162,210 1,301
16 World 3 National Robert C. Nichol

Robert C. Nichol

University of Surrey, United Kingdom
D-index 206 Citations 203,733 711
17 World 4 National Volker Springel

Volker Springel

Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Germany
D-index 203 Citations 181,533 776
18 World 1 National Tord Ekelof

Tord Ekelof

Uppsala University, Sweden
D-index 202 Citations 253,284 1,169
19 World 1 National Chiara Rovelli

Chiara Rovelli

Aix-Marseille University, France
D-index 201 Citations 197,616 1,425
20 World 4 National Alexander Belyaev

Alexander Belyaev

University of Southampton, United Kingdom
D-index 201 Citations 196,669 1,687
21 World 9 National J. H. Lee

J. H. Lee

Brookhaven National Laboratory, United States
D-index 200 Citations 242,338 1,380
22 World 1 National Douglas Scott

Douglas Scott

University of British Columbia, Canada
D-index 200 Citations 282,668 898
23 World 11 National Kaushik De

Kaushik De

The University of Texas at Arlington, United States
D-index 200 Citations 259,080 1,449
24 World 5 National Hermann Kolanoski

Hermann Kolanoski

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
D-index 200 Citations 252,321 1,186
25 World 10 National Masahiro Morii

Masahiro Morii

Harvard University, United States
D-index 200 Citations 264,428 1,671
26 World 1 National Subir Sarkar

Subir Sarkar

Jadavpur University, India
D-index 199 Citations 270,369 1,477
27 World 12 National Jay Hauser

Jay Hauser

University of California, Los Angeles, United States
D-index 198 Citations 200,645 1,693
28 World 14 National Xiaohui Fan

Xiaohui Fan

University of Arizona, United States
D-index 198 Citations 210,488 707
29 World 5 National Richard S. Ellis

Richard S. Ellis

University College London, United Kingdom
D-index 198 Citations 199,822 725
30 World 13 National Julia Velkovska

Julia Velkovska

Vanderbilt University, United States
D-index 198 Citations 200,629 1,304
31 World 17 National Jacobo Konigsberg

Jacobo Konigsberg

University of Florida, United States
D-index 197 Citations 192,302 1,732
32 World 15 National F. Wang

F. Wang

Purdue University West Lafayette, United States
D-index 197 Citations 176,289 1,408
33 World 16 National Daniel J. Eisenstein

Daniel J. Eisenstein

Harvard University, United States
D-index 197 Citations 207,183 544
34 World 18 National Greg Landsberg

Greg Landsberg

Brown University, United States
D-index 197 Citations 209,088 1,605
35 World 22 National P. Wittich

P. Wittich

Cornell University, United States
D-index 196 Citations 200,534 1,712
36 World 21 National Kevin Burkett

Kevin Burkett

Fermilab, United States
D-index 196 Citations 196,310 1,638
37 World 1 National Diego F. Torres

Diego F. Torres

Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats, Spain
D-index 196 Citations 133,665 1,050
38 World 2 National Georges Aad

Georges Aad

Aix-Marseille University, France
D-index 196 Citations 246,640 1,045
39 World 20 National Pushpalatha C Bhat

Pushpalatha C Bhat

Fermilab, United States
D-index 196 Citations 205,228 1,534
40 World 19 National Yuri Gershtein

Yuri Gershtein

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, United States
D-index 196 Citations 204,395 1,533
41 World 24 National A. V. Gritsan

A. V. Gritsan

Johns Hopkins University, United States
D-index 195 Citations 254,256 1,495
42 World 27 National Julian Borrill

Julian Borrill

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States
D-index 195 Citations 247,347 501
43 World 23 National Petar Maksimovic

Petar Maksimovic

Johns Hopkins University, United States
D-index 195 Citations 191,815 1,602
44 World 26 National T. J. Pearson

T. J. Pearson

California Institute of Technology, United States
D-index 195 Citations 232,760 805
45 World 2 National Francesco Longo

Francesco Longo

University of Trieste, Italy
D-index 195 Citations 167,220 835
46 World 25 National Andrey Korytov

Andrey Korytov

University of Florida, United States
D-index 195 Citations 192,234 1,617
47 World 28 National Timothy M. Heckman

Timothy M. Heckman

Johns Hopkins University, United States
D-index 194 Citations 182,030 670
48 World 2 National Richard Brenner

Richard Brenner

Uppsala University, Sweden
D-index 194 Citations 243,291 1,074
49 World 29 National Bruce A. Barnett

Bruce A. Barnett

Johns Hopkins University, United States
D-index 193 Citations 179,301 1,354
50 World 30 National Gunther Roland

Gunther Roland

MIT, United States
D-index 193 Citations 194,388 1,323
51 World 31 National David H. Weinberg

David H. Weinberg

The Ohio State University, United States
D-index 192 Citations 217,122 505
52 World 35 National E. Halkiadakis

E. Halkiadakis

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, United States
D-index 192 Citations 181,468 1,509
53 World 32 National Markus Klute

Markus Klute

MIT, United States
D-index 192 Citations 219,926 1,314
54 World 3 National Arnaud Ferrari

Arnaud Ferrari

Uppsala University, Sweden
D-index 192 Citations 222,317 1,276
55 World 34 National R. Erbacher

R. Erbacher

University of California, Davis, United States
D-index 192 Citations 186,932 1,603
56 World 33 National Russell R. Betts

Russell R. Betts

University of Illinois at Chicago, United States
D-index 192 Citations 181,163 1,239
57 World 6 National Tim Jones

Tim Jones

University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
D-index 191 Citations 240,784 1,080
58 World 36 National Robert H. Lupton

Robert H. Lupton

Princeton University, United States
D-index 190 Citations 195,269 364
59 World 37 National Alexei V. Filippenko

Alexei V. Filippenko

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 190 Citations 245,072 852
60 World 1 National Claude Amsler

Claude Amsler

University of Zurich, Switzerland
D-index 190 Citations 260,771 1,365
61 World 38 National Michael Schmitt

Michael Schmitt

Northwestern University, United States
D-index 189 Citations 207,135 1,747
62 World 41 National John Huth

John Huth

Harvard University, United States
D-index 189 Citations 239,110 1,041
63 World 39 National Andris Skuja

Andris Skuja

University of Maryland, College Park, United States
D-index 189 Citations 193,626 1,593
64 World 6 National Beate Heinemann

Beate Heinemann

University of Freiburg, Germany
D-index 189 Citations 215,527 1,032
65 World 4 National Mattias Ellert

Mattias Ellert

Uppsala University, Sweden
D-index 189 Citations 231,941 997
66 World 40 National Ryszard Stroynowski

Ryszard Stroynowski

Southern Methodist University, United States
D-index 189 Citations 238,423 1,258
67 World 42 National Harvey B Newman

Harvey B Newman

California Institute of Technology, United States
D-index 188 Citations 162,717 1,449
68 World 43 National Peter Timothy Cox

Peter Timothy Cox

University of California, Davis, United States
D-index 188 Citations 175,428 1,194
69 World 44 National Konstantin Matchev

Konstantin Matchev

University of Florida, United States
D-index 188 Citations 176,014 1,253
70 World 1 National Matt J. Jarvis

Matt J. Jarvis

University of the Western Cape, South Africa
D-index 188 Citations 155,490 1,079
71 World 46 National Wit Busza

Wit Busza

MIT, United States
D-index 188 Citations 187,117 1,281
72 World 45 National Giorgio Apollinari

Giorgio Apollinari

Fermilab, United States
D-index 188 Citations 182,666 1,597
73 World 47 National Joe Incandela

Joe Incandela

University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
D-index 187 Citations 174,188 1,451
74 World 1 National Krzysztof M. Gorski

Krzysztof M. Gorski

University of Warsaw, Poland
D-index 187 Citations 247,068 460
75 World 49 National Joshua A. Frieman

Joshua A. Frieman

University of Chicago, United States
D-index 186 Citations 220,877 741
76 World 3 National Sabino Matarrese

Sabino Matarrese

University of Padua, Italy
D-index 186 Citations 219,797 678
77 World 48 National Andrew R. Baden

Andrew R. Baden

University of Maryland, College Park, United States
D-index 186 Citations 166,762 1,278
78 World 50 National Paul Avery

Paul Avery

University of Florida, United States
D-index 185 Citations 173,624 1,417
79 World 52 National Elliot Lipeles

Elliot Lipeles

University of Pennsylvania, United States
D-index 185 Citations 210,588 1,262
80 World 53 National Yasar Onel

Yasar Onel

University of Iowa, United States
D-index 185 Citations 177,877 1,285
81 World 1 National Martti Raidal

Martti Raidal

National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Estonia
D-index 185 Citations 175,698 1,192
82 World 51 National John Perry Cumalat

John Perry Cumalat

University of Colorado Boulder, United States
D-index 185 Citations 168,721 1,277
83 World 54 National Darin Acosta

Darin Acosta

University of Florida, United States
D-index 184 Citations 169,032 1,283
84 World 1 National Y. B. Hsiung

Y. B. Hsiung

National Taiwan University, Taiwan
D-index 184 Citations 173,619 1,155
85 World 2 National Jose Alberto Rubino-Martin

Jose Alberto Rubino-Martin

University of La Laguna, Spain
D-index 184 Citations 242,485 587
86 World 2 National Tobias Golling

Tobias Golling

University of Geneva, Switzerland
D-index 184 Citations 225,917 869
87 World 55 National Gail Hanson

Gail Hanson

University of California, Riverside, United States
D-index 183 Citations 202,853 1,222
88 World 3 National Lukasz Zwalinski

Lukasz Zwalinski

European Organization for Nuclear Research, Switzerland
D-index 183 Citations 196,761 921
89 World 56 National Vivian O'Dell

Vivian O'Dell

Fermilab, United States
D-index 183 Citations 169,417 1,270
90 World 57 National Daniel Marlow

Daniel Marlow

Princeton University, United States
D-index 183 Citations 167,606 1,273
91 World 1 National Xiang Zhang

Xiang Zhang

University of Hong Kong, China
D-index 182 Citations 137,470 849
92 World 58 National Steven G. Louie

Steven G. Louie

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 182 Citations 148,867 821
93 World 4 National Alvio Renzini

Alvio Renzini

National Institute for Astrophysics, Italy
D-index 182 Citations 121,632 688
94 World 61 National L. A. T. Bauerdick

L. A. T. Bauerdick

Fermilab, United States
D-index 182 Citations 160,661 1,118
95 World 59 National Karl Matthew Ecklund

Karl Matthew Ecklund

Rice University, United States
D-index 182 Citations 162,703 1,099
96 World 60 National John Paul Chou

John Paul Chou

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, United States
D-index 182 Citations 160,513 1,125
97 World 7 National Carlos S. Frenk

Carlos S. Frenk

Durham University, United Kingdom
D-index 182 Citations 179,807 635
98 World 8 National M. Della Negra

M. Della Negra

Imperial College London, United Kingdom
D-index 181 Citations 158,945 916
99 World 3 National Rafael Rebolo

Rafael Rebolo

Spanish National Research Council, Spain
D-index 181 Citations 228,195 913
100 World 1 National Els A. De Wolf

Els A. De Wolf

University of Antwerp, Belgium
D-index 181 Citations 158,063 1,302

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