Astrophysics is not an easy subject. Let’s get that straight. And that is the reason why only the brightest minds take it up as a career. However, these people to make significant contributions to the lives of humans.
If you are a fan of the TV series “Big Bang Theory” you might have an idea on what these people do. However, they are totally not that. These are serious people whose minds able to come up with thoughts only a few can. We have named a few of the most popular names in this field. If you want to research more about their life and work, then that would be great.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
He is probably one of the most popular astrophysicists in the modern era. Neil deGrasse Tyson is famous not only because of this deep knowledge in the subject but his ability to communicate it as well. People love how he talks about complicated topics in a way that they understand. He made his main contributions in science while he served in a 12-member council that studied the future of the US Aerospace Industry.
Carl Sagan is among the most influential American astronomers and cosmologists. Aside from that his work in the area of astrophysics has also helped humans in a lot of ways. For some time he taught in Harvard and at the same time served as a visiting scientist for NASA. His work in extraterrestrial life has made a significant impact on our studies about space.
J. Allen Hynek
Hynek is one of the scientists that spearheaded the study of UFOs by the U.S. Air Force. He was the one that developed a system used to identify and describe UFO sightings. What sets him apart from other experts in astrophysics is his deep interest in the occult.
Meghnad Saha Indian Father of Astrophysics
Starting from humble beginnings, Meghnad Saha was able to become one of the most influential astrophysicists of his time. He gave the world the theory that explained the origin of stellar spectra. Yet his most notable contribution in science is the Saha Equation. This equation is now used to describe the chemical and physical conditions of stars. And he came up with it with very limited resources.
His discoveries on the structure of nucleons earned him a share of the 1961 Nobel Prize. Aside from that, it also helped solidify his name as one of the fathers of Astrophysics in the country. He spent a big chunk of his career investigating electron scattering in atomic nuclei. And the result is the determination of the shape and size of neutron and proton.
Edward Arthur Milne British Father of Astrophysics
He is a British scientist whose theories made the scientific community rethink their old ideas about space and time. This has lead to the development of new approaches. His brilliance in mathematics and exceptional skills helped both world wars. Edward Arthur Milne also made some significant contributions in the fields of astronomy and cosmology.
William Alfred Fowler
Fowler is one of the most influential people in the area of nuclear physics of all time. His theoretical and experimental studies in nuclear reactions earned him a Nobel Prize in 1983. The specific nuclear reactions that he studied about concerned the formation of chemical elements in space.