theoretician

[thee-er-i-tish-uhn, theer-i-]
noun
a person who deals with or is expert in the theoretical side of a subject: a military theoretician.

Origin:
1885–90; theoretic(s) + -ian

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theoretician (ˌθɪərɪˈtɪʃən)
 
n
a student or user of the theory rather than the practical aspects of a subject

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Example sentences
If some one is surprised at the failure of the models he must be either a
  theoretician or an ignorant.
Modern portfolio theory poses a danger to those who believe in it too strongly
  and is a powerful challenge for the theoretician.
Neither a statesman nor a theoretician, he knew how to strike people at their
  weak spots and how to win battles by reading a map.
Try to imagine any theoretician today getting such a response.
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