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Famous Physicists from England

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List of notable or famous physicists from England, with bios and photos, including the top physicists born in England and even some popular physicists who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English physicists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These physicists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known physicist from England is included when available.

Stephen Hawking and John Dalton are included on this list.

This historic physicists from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English physicists of note?" and "Who are the most famous physicists from England?" These prominent physicists of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English physicists.

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    Adrian Michael Berry, 4th Viscount Camrose is a British journalist, writer, and nobleman.more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Profession: Journalist, Physicist, Science writer
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    Alan Barber

    Alan Barber is a British-born theoretical physicist and works at the physics faculty at MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. He worked at the University of Cambridge until 2007. He is famous for the discovery of the Nambu–Goldstone boson. He is currently working on quantum computation, a field related to ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist
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    Albert Beaumont Wood OBE DSc, better known as A B Wood, was a British physicist, known for his pioneering work in the field of underwater acoustics and sonar. Wood is a physicist best known for his work on developing sonar in the UK from the First World War until after the Second World War. He graduated ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1890-1964)
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Physicist
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    Archibald Hill
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    Archibald Vivian Hill, CH, OBE, FRS, known as A. V. Hill, was an English physiologist, one of the founders of the diverse disciplines of biophysics and operations research. He shared the 1922 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his elucidation of the production of heat and mechanical work in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1886-1977)
    • Birthplace: Bristol, England
    • Profession: Politician, Physicist
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    Arthur Schuster
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    Sir Franz Arthur Friedrich Schuster FRS FRSE was a German-born British physicist known for his work in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, optics, X-radiography and the application of harmonic analysis to physics. Schuster's Integral is named after him. He contributed to making the University of Manchester ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1851-1934)
    • Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Statistician
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    Balfour Stewart
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    Balfour Stewart was a Scottish physicist. His studies in the field of radiant heat led to him receiving the Rumford Medal of the Royal Society in 1868. In 1859 he was appointed director of Kew Observatory. He was elected professor of physics at Owens College, Manchester, and retained that chair until ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1828-1887)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist
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    Sir Charles Galton Darwin, KBE, MC, FRS was an English physicist, the grandson of Charles Darwin. He served as director of the National Physical Laboratory during the Second World War.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1887-1962)
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist
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    Christopher Wren
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    Sir Christopher Michael Wren PRS is one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. He was accorded responsibility for rebuilding 52 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666, including his masterpiece, St. Paul's Cathedral, on Ludgate Hill, completed in 1710. The ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1632-1723)
    • Birthplace: East Knoyle, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Architect
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    Douglas Alan Ross is a British physicist and colleague of Chris Sachrajda. He is currently professor emeritus of physics at the University of Southampton. Ross was educated at New College, Oxford. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2005.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist
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    Edmond Halley
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    Edmond Halley, FRS was an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist who is best known for computing the orbit of the eponymous Halley's Comet. He was the second Astronomer Royal in Britain, succeeding John Flamsteed.more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1656-1742)
    • Birthplace: Haggerston, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Astronomer
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    Edward Neville da Costa Andrade FRS was an English physicist, writer, and poet. He told The Literary Digest his name was pronounced "as written, i.e., like air raid, with and substituted for air." Andrade is best known for work that first determined the wavelength of a type of gamma radiation, proving ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1887-1971)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist
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    Edward Victor Appleton
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    Sir Edward Victor Appleton, GBE, KCB, FRS was an English physicist. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1947 for his seminal work proving the existence of the ionosphere during experiments carried out in 1924.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1892-1965)
    • Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist
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    Ernest Marsden
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    Sir Ernest Marsden CMG CBE MC FRS was an English-New Zealand physicist. He is recognised internationally for his contributions to science while working under Ernest Rutherford, which led to the discovery of new theories on the structure of the atom. In Marsden's later work in New Zealand, he became a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1889-1970)
    • Birthplace: Lancashire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist
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    F. W. Jordan

    Frank Wilfred Jordan was a British physicist who together with William Henry Eccles invented the so-called "flip-flop" circuit in 1918. This circuit became the basis of electronic memory in computers. Frank Wilfred Jordan was born in 1882 in Canterbury, Kent, England, the son of Edward James Jordan and ...more

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    • Birthplace: South East England, Eurasia, Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Physicist
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    Sir Francis Simon, was a German and later British physical chemist and physicist who devised the method, and confirmed its feasibility, of separating the isotope Uranium-235 and thus made a major contribution to the creation of the atomic bomb.more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1893-1956)
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist
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    Frank Reginald Nunes Nabarro MBE OMS FRS was an English-born South African physicist and one of the pioneers of solid-state physics, which underpins much of 21st-century technology.more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1916-2006)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist
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    Geoffrey Price Thomas was President of Kellogg College, Oxford and Director of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education until 2008. He was educated at Maesteg Grammar School, Swansea University, and Churchill College, Cambridge. He is also a Master of Arts of the University of ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist
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    Sir George Paget Thomson, FRS was an English physicist and Nobel laureate in physics recognised for his discovery with Clinton Davisson of the wave properties of the electron by electron diffraction.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1892-1975)
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist
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    Godfrey Hounsfield
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    Sir Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield, CBE, FRS, was an English electrical engineer who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Allan McLeod Cormack for his part in developing the diagnostic technique of X-ray computed tomography. His name is immortalised in the Hounsfield scale, a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1919-2004)
    • Birthplace: Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Henry Albert Howard "Harry" Boot was an English physicist who with Sir John Randall and James Sayers developed the cavity magnetron, which was one of the keys to the Allied victory in the Second World War.more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1917-1983)
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist
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