The 10 Biggest Living Scientists on the Web

Elmer Fudd
Rest assured, you have read this entry’s title correctly. We felt it was time to class up this joint a little bit.

While we apologize for none of our previous lists, even those replete with cheesecake/beefcake or sensationalism, we nonetheless felt that it was time to at least pretend to, momentarily, aspire to something greater. It is our sincere hope that merely by association, this entry will make PeekYou appear deep. We index eggheads too, you see.

But also, trend-chasers though we’ll sometimes be, currently eggheads are hot. British actor Eddie Redmayne took home an Oscar this week for his portrayal of the gentleman topping the below list. It seemed a fine time to visit the topic.

So, maybe its not that deep. And besides, these are not necessarily the best or most respected living scientists. In fact, in some instances, we’re certain they are not. But they are the living, proper science-folks whose digital footprints (meaning, impact, presence, and influence in the online sphere) — as measured by our PeekScore scale — are largest.

In short, these are the biggest living scientists in cyberspace, and that sounds all sorts of futuristic and awesome to us.

Rank Picture Name Bio PeekScore

Stephen Hawking Probably the most famous living physicist 9.13 / 10.00

Richard Dawkins Known best for his outspoken views on evolution, God, and religion 9.03 / 10.00

Neil deGrasse Tyson Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City 8.96 / 10.00

Jane Goodall Has spent decades studying chimpanzee behavior 8.71 / 10.00

Bill Nye Popular writer and TV host 8.28 / 10.00

James Watson Co-discoverer of DNA’s structure 8.17 / 10.00

J. Craig Venter Best known for being one of the first to sequence the human genome 8.16 / 10.00

Brian Cox Physicist and TV host 8.15 / 10.00

Michio Kaku Theoretical physicist, and host of numerous TV programs 8.04 / 10.00

Brian Greene Theoretical physicist and string theorist 7.89 / 10.00

James Hansen Climate scientist and vocal proponent of climate change 7.53 / 10.00

Leonard Susskind Professor of Theoretical physics at Stanford University 7.43 / 10.00

Lawrence Krauss Theoretical physicist and cosmologist 7.22 / 10.00