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: 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: 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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicists from England
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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: Eurasia, South West England, Bristol, United Kingdom, England, + more
    • Profession: Politician, Physicist
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    Arthur Schuster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Physicists from England
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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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Physicists from England
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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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Physicists from England
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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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