Theoretical physics is one of the greatest pursuits of mankind. Trying to understand how the universe works is the biggest mystery that man can solve. Countless men have given their whole life to this pursuit. Through their hard work and genius we now understand the universe in deep detail. Although a lot still has to be answered, our understanding so far has been improved a lot by dedicated theoretical physicists around the world. It’s hard to rank these scientists in any objective way and all we can have our personal subjective outlooks. Here’s such a list of my personal favorite physicists.