Physicist



[fiz-uh-sist] /ˈfɪz ə sɪst/

noun
1.
a scientist who specializes in .
/ˈfɪzɪsɪst/
noun
1.
a person versed in or studying physics
n.

1836, from physics + -ist. Coined by the Rev. William Whewell (1794-1866), English polymath, to denote a “cultivator of physics” as opposed to a physician.

As we cannot use physician for a cultivator of physics, I have called him a physicist. We need very much a name to describe a cultivator of science in general. I should incline to call him a Scientist. Thus we might say, that as an Artist is a Musician, Painter, or Poet, a Scientist is a Mathematician, Physicist, or Naturalist. [William Whewell, “The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences,” London, 1840]

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