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Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking is an English theoretical physicist noted for his work on black holes and space-time singularities. He is also noted for having a distinguished career despite suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Read More
Albert Einstein Albert Einstein was a German-born American physicist. He is cited in Chapters 2–8, 10, and 11 of A Brief History of Time. Read More
Sir Isaac Newton Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist and mathematician. He is cited in Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, and 11 of A Brief History of Time. Read More
Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei was an Italian natural philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician. He is cited in Chapters 1, 2, and 8 of A Brief History of Time. Read More
Roger Penrose Roger Penrose is a British scientist. He is cited in Chapters 2, 6, 7, and 8 of A Brief History of Time. Read More
Nicolaus Copernicus Nicolaus Copernicus was a Polish astronomer. He is cited in Chapters 1 and 8 of A Brief History of Time. Read More
Edwin Hubble Edwin Powell Hubble was an American observational cosmologist. He is mentioned in Chapters 1, 3, 6, and 10 of A Brief History of Time. Read More
Aristotle Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and cosmologist. He is cited in the Foreword and Chapters 1, 2, 5, 11, and 12 of A Brief History of Time.
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar was an Indian-born American astrophysicist noted for having established the Chandrasekhar limit. He is cited in Chapter 6 of A Brief History of Time.
Paul Dirac Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac was a British-American theoretical physicist and one of the founders of quantum mechanics. He is cited in Chapters 4, 5, and 11 of A Brief History of Time.
Alexander Friedmann Alexander Friedmann (or Aleksandr Friedmann/Fridman) was a Russian physicist who speculated three models of the origin and expansion of the universe. He is cited in Chapters 3 and 8 of A Brief History of Time.
Werner Heisenberg Werner Karl Heisenberg was a German physicist and philosopher who established the uncertainty principle. He is cited in Chapter 4 of A Brief History of Time.
Immanuel Kant Immanuel Kant was a German philosopher whose early work in science became known as the Kant–Laplace nebular hypothesis (attributing the origin of the solar system to a nebular formation). He is cited in Chapters 1 and 12 of A Brief History of Time.
James Maxwell James Clark Maxwell was a Scottish mathematician and physicist noted for the formulation of the electromagnetic theory. He is cited in Chapters 2 and 5 of A Brief History of Time.
Max Planck Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck was a German physicist noted for his founding work in quantum theory and having established the Planck constant. He is cited in Chapters 4, 7, and 11 of A Brief History of Time.
Ptolemy Ptolemy was an Egyptian scientist of Greek descent. He is cited in the Foreword and Chapters 1, 3, and 7 of A Brief History of Time.
Abdus Salam Abdus Salam was a Pakistani nuclear scientist noted for his work on electromagnetism and the weak nuclear force with Steven Weinberg and Sheldon Glashow, forming the electroweak theory. He is cited in Chapter 5 of A Brief History of Time.
Steven Weinberg Steven Weinberg was an American nuclear physicist who collaborated with Abdus Salam on the electroweak theory. He is cited in Chapter 5 of A Brief History of Time.
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