Top Influential Scientists in History Who Never Had Children

Top Influential Scientists in History Who Never Had Children

Although there’s no denying that bringing another human being to life is perhaps the most wonderful thing in the world, there are plenty of individuals who choose not to do it. The reasons behind such a decision could be diverse, and certainly, we don’t have to judge anyone, regardless of whether they wish to have children or not.

An enhanced focus on career and work is one of the reasons that some people are not willing to have children. Others just don’t have the biological possibility to have any offspring, as they are sterile. Blocked fallopian tubes, ovulatory disorders, endometriosis, varicocele, hormonal imbalances, or genetic factors are just a few of the health conditions that can cause sterility in a person.

On the other hand, we also can’t ignore the fact that some people have a specific sexual orientation that makes them unable and unwilling to have children.

Let’s see a short list of some of the most influential top scientists in history who never had any offspring:

Isaac Newton (1643-1727):

According to some sources, Isaac Newton didn’t even have any personal relationship with women, which means that he has most probably been a virgin for his whole life. He is one of the most brilliant scientists in history, as he formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation, among other major contributions to science. Besides his contributions to physics, Newton was also an astronomer and mathematician.

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943):

Nikola Tesla was known as a Serbian-American inventor and electrical engineer who made crucial contributions to the development of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity system. It is believed that similar to Newton’s case, Tesla also didn’t have any affairs with women and that he decided to remain a virgin his whole life. The famous Serbian-American inventor was probably too dedicated to his scientific work to find any interest and time in establishing a love relationship.

Marie Curie (1867-1934):

Marie Curie was a Polish-French physicist and chemist, and she also became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. Another impressive fact is that she remains, up to this day, the only person to have won Nobel Prizes in two different scientific fields: Chemistry and Physics.

Marie Curie didn’t have any children, although she fell in love with Pierre Currie when the two met in 1894 due to a mutual acquaintance. Marie turned down Pierre’s marriage proposal three times, as it is believed that her career came first.

Richard Feynman (1918-1988):

The contributions to quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics of the American physicist Richard Feynman are huge and undeniable, but it seems that this top scientist also neglected his love life. The reasons for his choosing this way remain a subject of debate.

Alan Turing (1912-1954):

Alan Turing was a British mathematician and computer scientist who is known for his key role in the development of computer science, particularly his work on the Enigma code during the Second World War. Alan Turing was gay, and he lived during a time when this sexual orientation was criminalized in the UK. The man was prosecuted for homosexual acts in 1952, so you already figured out why he didn’t have any children.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662):

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician and physicist, and as all the other people mentioned in this article, he didn’t have any children during his lifetime. He made huge contributions to the fields of probability theory and fluid mechanics.

Ultimately, the contributions that all these scientists had for the world in general and for science in particular are huge and undeniable. Their decision not to have any children should be respected and not considered a reason for diminishing their merits.


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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