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Famous Chemists from the United Kingdom

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

List features Edward Frankland, Norman Haworth and more.

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

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  • Margaret Thatcher1

    Margaret Thatcher

    Dec. at 88 (1925-2013)

    BirthplaceGrantham, United Kingdom

    Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, (née Roberts; 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013) was... more on Wikipedia

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  • Michael Faraday2

    Michael Faraday

    Dec. at 76 (1791-1867)

    BirthplaceNewington Butts, United Kingdom

    Michael Faraday FRS (; 22 September 1791 – 25 August 1867) was an English scientist who... more on Wikipedia
  • Edward Frankland3

    Edward Frankland

    Dec. at 74 (1825-1899)
    Sir Edward Frankland, (18 January 1825 – 9 August 1899) was a British chemist. He was one of... more on Wikipedia
  • Ernest Rutherford4

    Ernest Rutherford

    Dec. at 66 (1871-1937)

    BirthplaceBrightwater, New Zealand

    Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, , HFRSE, LLD (30 August 1871 – 19 October... more on Wikipedia
  • Charles Thomson Rees Wilson5

    Charles Thomson Rees Wilson

    Dec. at 90 (1869-1959)

    BirthplaceMidlothian, United Kingdom

    Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, CH, FRS (14 February 1869 – 15 November 1959) was a Scottish... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Robinson6

    Robert Robinson

    Dec. at 89 (1886-1975)

    BirthplaceChesterfield, United Kingdom

    Sir Robert Robinson (13 September 1886 – 8 February 1975) was a British organic chemist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Norman Haworth7

    Norman Haworth

    Dec. at 67 (1883-1950)

    BirthplaceChorley, United Kingdom

    Sir Walter Norman Haworth FRS (19 March 1883 – 19 March 1950) was a British chemist best known... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael Smith8

    Michael Smith

    Dec. at 68 (1932-2000)

    BirthplaceBlackpool, United Kingdom

    Michael Smith (April 26, 1932 – October 4, 2000) was a British-born Canadian biochemist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Rosalind Franklin9

    Rosalind Franklin

    Dec. at 38 (1920-1958)

    BirthplaceNotting Hill, London, United Kingdom

    Rosalind Elsie Franklin (25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958) was an English chemist and X-ray... more on Wikipedia
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    Arthur Harden

    Dec. at 75 (1865-1940)

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    Sir Arthur Harden, FRS (12 October 1865 – 17 June 1940) was a British biochemist. He shared... more on Wikipedia
  • James Watt11

    James Watt

    Dec. at 83 (1736-1819)

    BirthplaceGreenock, United Kingdom

    James Watt (; 30 January 1736 (19 January 1736 OS) – 25 August 1819) was a Scottish inventor,... more on Wikipedia
  • Helen Sharman12

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    Helen Patricia Sharman, CMG, OBE, HonFRSC (born 30 May 1963) is a chemist who became the first... more on Wikipedia
  • Goldsworthy Gurney13

    Goldsworthy Gurney

    Dec. at 82 (1793-1875)

    BirthplacePadstow Heights, Australia

    Sir Goldsworthy Gurney (14 February 1793 – 28 February 1875) was an English surgeon, chemist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Neil Bartlett14

    Neil Bartlett

    Dec. at 76 (1932-2008)

    BirthplaceNewcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

    Neil Bartlett (15 September 1932 – 5 August 2008) was a chemist who specialized in fluorine... more on Wikipedia
  • Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd15

    Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd

    Dec. at 90 (1907-1997)

    BirthplaceCathcart, United Kingdom

    Alexander Robertus Todd, Baron Todd of Trumpington (2 October 1907 – 10 January 1997) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Henry Cavendish16

    Henry Cavendish

    Dec. at 79 (1731-1810)

    BirthplaceNice, France

    Henry Cavendish FRS (; 10 October 1731 – 24 February 1810) was an English natural philosopher,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17

    A. E. Wilder-Smith

    Dec. at 80 (1915-1995)

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Arthur Ernest Wilder-Smith, FRSC, more commonly known as A. E. Wilder-Smith, was a British... more on Wikipedia
  • Rodney Robert Porter18

    Rodney Robert Porter

    Dec. at 68 (1917-1985)

    BirthplaceNewton-le-Willows, United Kingdom

    Prof Rodney Robert Porter, CH, FRS FRSE HFRCP (8 October 1917 – 6 September 1985) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Joseph Priestley19

    Joseph Priestley

    Dec. at 71 (1733-1804)

    BirthplaceBirstall, United Kingdom

    Joseph Priestley (; 24 March [O.S. 13 March] 1733 – 6 February 1804) was an 18th-century... more on Wikipedia
  • Dorothy Hodgkin20

    Dorothy Hodgkin

    Dec. at 84 (1910-1994)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin (12 May 1910 – 29 July 1994) was a British chemist who... more on Wikipedia
  • Joseph Needham21

    Joseph Needham

    Dec. at 95 (1900-1995)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Noel Joseph Terence Montgomery Needham (; 9 December 1900 – 24 March 1995) was a British... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    Geoffrey Wilkinson

    Dec. at 75 (1921-1996)

    BirthplaceSpringside, United Kingdom

    Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson FRS (14 July 1921 – 26 September 1996) was a Nobel laureate English... more on Wikipedia
  • Francis Robert Japp23

    Francis Robert Japp

    Dec. at 77 (1848-1925)

    BirthplaceDundee, United Kingdom

    Francis Robert Japp (8 February 1848 – 1 August 1925) was a British chemist who discovered the... more on Wikipedia
  • Hans Adolf Krebs24

    Hans Adolf Krebs

    Dec. at 81 (1900-1981)

    BirthplaceHildesheim, Germany

    Sir Hans Adolf Krebs (; 25 August 1900 – 22 November 1981) was a German-born British... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Mond25

    Robert Mond

    Dec. at 71 (1867-1938)

    BirthplaceFarnworth, Widnes, United Kingdom

    Sir Robert Ludwig Mond, FRS, FRSE (9 September 1867 – 22 October 1938) was a British chemist... more on Wikipedia