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

List ranges from John Dalton to Edward Frankland, plus much more.

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Arthur Aikin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Arthur Aikin Dec. at 81 (1773-1854) Arthur Aikin, FLS, FGS was an English chemist, mineralogist and scientific writer.

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Arthur Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 75 (1865-1940) Sir Arthur Harden FRS was a British biochemist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1929 with Hans Karl August Simon von Euler-Chelpin for their investigations into the fermentation of ...more

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Arthur Peacocke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 82 (1924-2006) The Reverend Canon Arthur Robert Peacocke MBE was a British theologian and biochemist.

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Charles Blagden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 72 (1748-1820) Sir Charles Brian Blagden FRS was a British physician and scientist. He served as a medical officer in the Army and later held the position of Secretary of the Royal Society. Blagden won the ...more

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Charles Greville Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Charles Greville Williams Dec. at 81 (1829-1910) Charles H. Greville Williams, was an English scientist and analytical chemist who published many scientific papers from 1853. He was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He died in Horley and is ...more

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Charles Hatchett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 82 (1765-1847) Charles Hatchett FRS was an English chemist who discovered the element niobium.

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David Lary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Chemists from England
age 52 David Lary is an atmospheric scientist interested in applying computational and information systems to facilitate discovery and decision support in Earth system science. His main contributions ...more

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Edmund Knowles Muspratt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 90 (1833-1923) Edmund Knowles Muspratt was an English chemical industrialist.

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Edward Dyer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Edward Dyer Dec. at 64 (1543-1607) Sir Edward Dyer was an English courtier and poet.

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Edward Frankland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 74 (1825-1899) Sir Edward Frankland, KCB, FRS was a British chemist. He was an expert in water quality and analysis, and originated the concept of combining power, or valence, in chemistry. He was also one of ...more

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Edward Schunck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 83 (1820-1903) Henry Edward Schunck was a British chemist who did much work with dyes.

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Elias Ashmole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 75 (1617-1692) Elias Ashmole was a celebrated English antiquary, politician, officer of arms, astrologer and student of alchemy. Ashmole supported the royalist side during the English Civil War, and at the ...more

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Francis William Aston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 68 (1877-1945) Francis William Aston FRS was a British chemist and physicist who won the 1922 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery, by means of his mass spectrograph, of isotopes, in a large number of ...more

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Frank Lee Pyman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 62 (1882-1944) Frank Lee Pyman FRS was an English academic and commercial research chemist. Pyman was born in Malvern, the eldest son of Frank Pyman and his wife Florence Lee, daughter of Henry Lee MP for ...more

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Frederic Muspratt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Frederic Muspratt Dec. at 47 (1825-1872) Frederic Muspratt was a chemist and industrialist who established a chemical factory in Widnes, Lancashire, England. He was born in Liverpool, the third son of James Muspratt and his wife Julia ...more

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Frederick Abel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Frederick Abel Dec. at 75 (1827-1902) Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, 1st Baronet FRS (17 July 1827–6 September 1902) was an English chemist and inventor who developed explosives. As a chemist to the War Department, he introduced a ...more

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Frederick Gowland Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 86 (1861-1947) Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins OM FRS was an English biochemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1929, with Christiaan Eijkman, for the discovery of vitamins. He also ...more

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George Porter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 82 (1920-2002) George Hornidge Porter, Baron Porter of Luddenham, OM, FRS was a British chemist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1967.

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Harry Brearley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 77 (1871-1948) Harry Brearley was an English metallurgist, usually credited with the invention of "rustless steel".

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Harry Kroto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Chemists from England
age 78 Sir Harold Walter Kroto, FRS, is an English chemist. He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley. Kroto is the Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry at the ...more

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Henry Brunner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 78 (1838-1916) Henry Brunner was an English chemist. Henry Brunner was born in Everton, Liverpool, the elder son of John Brunner, a Swiss Unitarian and schoolmaster, and Margaret Curphey, who originated from ...more

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Henry Cavendish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 79 (1731-1810) Henry Cavendish FRS was a British natural philosopher, scientist, and an important experimental and theoretical chemist and physicist. Cavendish is noted for his discovery of hydrogen or what he ...more

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Henry Deacon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Henry Deacon Dec. at 54 (1822-1876) Henry Deacon was a chemist and industrialist who established a chemical factory in Widnes, Lancashire, England. Henry Deacon's father was also named Henry Deacon and his mother was Esther ...more

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Henry Drysdale Dakin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Henry Drysdale Dakin Dec. at 72 (1880-1952) Henry Drysdale Dakin FRS was an English chemist. He was born in London as the youngest of 8 children to a family of steel merchants from Leeds. As a school boy he did water analysis with the ...more

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Henry Edward Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Henry Edward Armstrong Dec. at 89 (1848-1937) Henry Edward Armstrong FRS FRSE was an English chemist. Although Armstrong was active in many areas of scientific research, such as the chemistry of naphthalene derivatives, he is remembered ...more

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Henry Percy, 9th Earl of North... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 68 (1564-1632) Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland KG was an English aristocrat. He was a grandee and one of the wealthiest peers of the court of Elizabeth I. Under James I, Henry was a long-term prisoner ...more

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Hermann Arthur Jahn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 72 (1907-1979) Professor Hermann Arthur Jahn was an English scientist of German origin. With Edward Teller, he identified the Jahn-Teller effect.

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Hugh of Evesham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Hugh of Evesham was a 13th-century English churchman, physician and alchemist. Given his name, it is likely that he came from Evesham, Worcestershire. Hugh studied at Oxford University in the ...more

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Humphry Bowen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 72 (1929-2001) Humphry John Moule Bowen was a British botanist and chemist. Bowen was born in Oxford, son of the chemist Edmund Bowen. He attended the Dragon School, gaining a scholarship to Rugby School and ...more

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J. B. S. Haldane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 72 (1892-1964) John Burdon Sanderson Haldane, FRS known as "Jack", was a British naturalised Indian scientist. He was a polymath well known for his works in physiology, genetics and evolutionary ...more

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J. R. Partington is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 79 (1886-1965) James Riddick Partington was a British chemist and historian of chemistry who published multiple books and articles in scientific magazines. Partington was a fellow and council member of the ...more

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Jack Drummond is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 61 (1891-1952) Sir Jack Cecil Drummond FRIC, FRS was a distinguished biochemist, noted for his work on nutrition as applied to the British diet under rationing during the Second World War. He was murdered, ...more

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James Hargreaves is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 81 (1834-1915) James Hargreaves was an English chemist and an inventor. He was born at Hoarstones, Pendle Forest, Lancashire, the eldest child of James Hargreaves, a schoolmaster at Slaithwaite near Marsden. ...more

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John Dalton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 78 (1766-1844) John Dalton FRS was an English chemist, physicist, and meteorologist. He is best known for his pioneering work in the development of modern atomic theory; and his research into colour blindness, ...more

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John Davies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Chemists from England
John Davies John Davies or Davis was an English scientist in Victorian Manchester. He was a lecturer and private tutor who played an important role in the administration of some of the city's learned

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John French is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 41 (1616-1657) John French was an English physician known for his contributions to chemistry as well as for his English translations of Latin and German works.

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John Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 40 (1825-1865) John Hutchinson was a chemist and industrialist who established the first chemical factory in Widnes, Lancashire, England. He moved from working in a chemical factory in St Helens and built his ...more

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John Kidd is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 76 (1775-1851) John Kidd was an English physician, chemist and geologist. John Kidd was born in Westminster, the son of a naval officer and was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.

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John Mayow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 39 (1640-1679) John Mayow FRS was a chemist, physician, and physiologist who is remembered today for conducting early research into respiration and the nature of air. Mayow worked in a field that is sometimes ...more

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John McClellan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Chemists from England
John McClellan Dec. at 71 (1810-1881) John McClellan was a chemist and industrialist who established one of the first chemical factories in Widnes, Lancashire, England. John McClellan was born in Liverpool, the younger son of ...more

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John Mercer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Chemists from England
John Mercer Dec. at 75 (1791-1866) John Mercer was an English dye and fabric chemist and fabric printer born in Great Harwood, Lancashire. In 1844 he developed a process for treating cotton, mercerisation, that improves many of ...more

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John Pople is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 79 (1925-2004) Sir John Anthony Pople, KBE FRS was a Nobel Prize–winning theoretical chemist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Walter Kohn in the year 1998. He was born in Burnham-on-Sea, ...more

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Joseph Henry Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 84 (1817-1901) Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert, Fellow of the Royal Society was an English chemist, noteworthy for his long career spent improving the methods of practical agriculture. He was a fellow of the Royal

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Joseph Priestley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 71 (1733-1804) Joseph Priestley FRS was an 18th-century English theologian, Dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher, chemist, educator, and Liberal political theorist who published over 150 works. He is ...more

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Joseph Swan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 86 (1828-1914) Sir Joseph Wilson Swan, D.Sc.h.c., FRS was a British physicist and chemist. He is most famous for inventing an incandescent light bulb. Swan first demonstrated the light bulb at a lecture in ...more

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Kenelm Digby is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 62 (1603-1665) Sir Kenelm Digby was an English courtier and diplomat. He was also a highly reputed natural philosopher, and known as a leading Roman Catholic intellectual and Blackloist. For his versatility, ...more

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Leslie Orgel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 80 (1927-2007) Leslie Eleazer Orgel FRS was a British chemist. He is known for his theories on the origin of life, as well as his error catastrophe theory of aging, formulated in 1963 and ever since ...more

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Ludwig Mond is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 70 (1839-1909) Dr Ludwig Mond, was a German-born chemist and industrialist who took British nationality.

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Michael Faraday is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 76 (1791-1867) Michael Faraday FRS was an English scientist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include those of electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism ...more

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Nevil Sidgwick is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Chemists from England
Dec. at 79 (1873-1952) Nevil Vincent Sidgwick FRS was an English theoretical chemist who made significant contributions to the theory of valency and chemical bonding. After a few years at Rugby School, Sidgwick ...more