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Famous Physicists from Ireland

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List of notable or famous physicists from Ireland, with bios and photos, including the top physicists born in Ireland and even some popular physicists who immigrated to Ireland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Irish 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 Ireland is included when available.

This list has a variety of people, like Ernest Walton and Robert Boyle, in it.

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

Use this list of renowned Irish physicists to discover some new physicists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (10 items)

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    Ernest Walton
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    Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton was an Irish physicist and Nobel laureate for his work with John Cockcroft with "atom-smashing" experiments done at Cambridge University in the early 1930s, and so became the first person in history to artificially split the atom, thus ushering the nuclear age.more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1903-1995)
    • Birthplace: Dungarvan, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Physicist
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    Erwin Schrödinger
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    Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger, sometimes written as Erwin Schrodinger or Erwin Schroedinger, was a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist who developed a number of fundamental results in the field of quantum theory, which formed the basis of wave mechanics: he formulated the wave equation and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1887-1961)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Physicist
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    John Desmond Bernal FRS was one of the United Kingdom's best-known and most controversial scientists. Known as "Sage" to friends, Bernal is considered a pioneer in X-ray crystallography in molecular biology. He published extensively on the history of science.more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1901-1971)
    • Birthplace: Ireland, Europe, Munster, Nenagh, Mid-West Region, + more
    • Profession: Physicist
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    John Hegarty was elected 43rd Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 2001 for a ten-year term.more

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    • Birthplace: Claremorris, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist, Science writer
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    John Joly FRS was an Irish physicist, famous for his development of radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer. He is also known for developing techniques to accurately estimate the age of a geological period, based on radioactive elements present in minerals.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1857-1933)
    • Birthplace: Bracknagh, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Physicist, Geologist
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    John Sealy Townsend
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    Sir John Sealy Edward Townsend, FRS was a mathematical physicist who conducted various studies concerning the electrical conduction of gases and directly measured the electrical charge. He was a Wykeham Professor of physics at Oxford University. The phenomenon of the electron avalanche was discovered by ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1868-1957)
    • Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist
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    Nicholas Callan

    Nicholas Callan
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    Father Nicholas Joseph Callan was an Irish priest and scientist from Darver, County Louth, Ireland. He was Professor of Natural Philosophy in Maynooth College near Dublin from 1834, and is best known for his work on the induction coil.more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1799-1864)
    • Birthplace: County Louth, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Physicist
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    Robert Boyle
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    Robert Boyle, FRS, was an Anglo-Irish natural philosopher, chemist, physicist and inventor born in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland. Boyle is largely regarded today as the first modern chemist, and therefore one of the founders of modern chemistry, and one of the pioneers of modern experimental ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1627-1691)
    • Birthplace: Lismore Castle, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Philosopher
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    Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet
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    Sir George Gabriel Stokes, 1st Baronet, PRS, was a mathematician, physicist, politician and theologian. Born in Ireland, Stokes spent all of his career at University of Cambridge, where he served as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1849 until his death in 1903. Stokes made seminal ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1819-1903)
    • Birthplace: Skreen, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist
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    Thomas Andrews
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    Thomas Andrews FRS HFRSE ĵ was a chemist and physicist who did important work on phase transitions between gases and liquids. He was a longtime professor of chemistry at Queen's University of Belfast.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1813-1885)
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist, Chemist
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