physicist

[ fiz-uh-sist ]
/ ˈfɪz ə sɪst /

noun

a scientist who specializes in physics.

Origin of physicist

First recorded in 1710–20; physic(s) + -ist
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physicist

/ (ˈfɪzɪsɪst) /

noun

a person versed in or studying physics
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Word Origin and History for physicist

physicist


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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