The Physicists ClipArt gallery includes 17 portraits of people who have made contributions to physics, including the fields of mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics.

(1786-1853) French astronomer and physicist.

Dominique François Arago

(1786-1853) French astronomer and physicist.

A French physicist and chemist famous for her work on radioactivity. She was the first person honored with two Nobel prizes, in physics and chemisty.

Marie Curie

A French physicist and chemist famous for her work on radioactivity. She was the first person honored…

(1791-1867) British scientist, chemist, physicist, and philosopher who greatly contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include the magnet field, electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism, and electrolysis.

Michael Faraday

(1791-1867) British scientist, chemist, physicist, and philosopher who greatly contributed to the fields…

(1791-1867) British scientist, chemist, physicist, and philosopher who greatly contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.

Michael Faraday

(1791-1867) British scientist, chemist, physicist, and philosopher who greatly contributed to the fields…

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass harmonica. He formed both the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United…

(1564-1642) Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who was one of the great creators of experimental science.

Galileo Galilei

(1564-1642) Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who was one of the great creators…

Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 - 8 January 1642) was a Tuscan (Italian) physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations, and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the "father of modern observational astronomy," the "father of modern physics," the "father of science," and "the Father of Modern Science." The motion of uniformly accelerated objects, taught in nearly all high school and introductory college physics courses, was studied by Galileo as the subject of kinematics. His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter, named the Galilean moons in his honor, and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, improving compass design.

Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 - 8 January 1642) was a Tuscan (Italian) physicist, mathematician,…

Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz (August 31, 1821 – September 8, 1894) was a German physician and physicist who made significant contributions to several widely varied areas of modern science. In physiology and physiological psychology, he is known for his mathematics of the eye, theories of vision, ideas on the visual perception of space, color vision research, and on the sensation of tone, perception of sound, and empiricism. In physics, he is known for his theories on the conservation of energy, work in electrodynamics, chemical thermodynamics, and on a mechanical foundation of thermodynamics. As a philosopher, he is known for his philosophy of science, ideas on the relation between the laws of perception and the laws of nature, the science of aesthetics, and ideas on the civilizing power of science. A large German association of research institutions, the Helmholtz Association, is named after him.

Hermann von Helmholtz

Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz (August 31, 1821 – September 8, 1894) was a German physician…

(1824-1907) Physicist and inventor

Lord Kelvin

(1824-1907) Physicist and inventor

Alfred Marshall Mayer was a physicist born in Baltimore, Marylnd in 1836 and died in 1897.

Alfred M. Mayer

Alfred Marshall Mayer was a physicist born in Baltimore, Marylnd in 1836 and died in 1897.

(1642-1727) English natural philosopher, mathematician, and physicist most famous for gravity and his laws of motion.

Sir Isaac Newton

(1642-1727) English natural philosopher, mathematician, and physicist most famous for gravity and his…

(1845-1923) German scientist she produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today knob as X-rays or Röntgen rays, an achievement that earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.

Wilhelm Röntgen

(1845-1923) German scientist she produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range…

Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford (26 March 1753 – 21 August 1814) was an Anglo-American physicist and inventor whose challenges to established physical theory were part of the 19th century revolution in thermodynamics.

Count Rumford

Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford (26 March 1753 – 21 August 1814) was an Anglo-American physicist…

(1857- ) Austria-Hungarian electrician, physicist, and inventor

Nikola Tesla

(1857- ) Austria-Hungarian electrician, physicist, and inventor

(1820-1893) English physicist.

John Tyndall

(1820-1893) English physicist.

(1820-1893) A Prominent nineteenth century physicist whose scientific fame arose in the 1850s from his study of diamagnetism. Later he studied thermal radiation and produced a number of discoveries about processes in the atmosphere.

John Tyndall

(1820-1893) A Prominent nineteenth century physicist whose scientific fame arose in the 1850s from his…

(1820-1893) A Prominent nineteenth century physicist whose scientific fame arose in the 1850s from his study of diamagnetism. Later he studied thermal radiation and produced a number of discoveries about processes in the atmosphere.

John Tyndall

(1820-1893) A Prominent nineteenth century physicist whose scientific fame arose in the 1850s from his…