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

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Abraham Manie Adelstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Abraham Manie Adelstein Died at 76 (1916-1992) Abraham Manie "Abe" Adelstein was a South African born doctor who became the United Kingdom's Chief Medical Statistician.

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Ada Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Ada Lovelace Died at 37 (1815-1852) Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's ...more

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Adelard of Bath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Adelard of Bath Died at 72 (1080-1152) Adelard of Bath was a 12th-century English natural philosopher. He is known both for his original works and for translating many important Greek and Arab scientific works of astrology, ...more

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Albert Ingham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Albert Ingham Died at 67 (1900-1967) Albert Edward Ingham FRS was an English mathematician.

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Alfred Kempe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Alfred Kempe Died at 73 (1849-1922) Sir Alfred Bray Kempe D.C.L. F.R.S. was a mathematician best known for his work on linkages and the four color theorem. Kempe studied at Trinity College, Cambridge where Arthur Cayley was one of ...more

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Arthur Cayley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Arthur Cayley Died at 74 (1821-1895) Arthur Cayley F.R.S. was a British mathematician. He helped found the modern British school of pure mathematics. As a child, Cayley enjoyed solving complex maths problems for amusement. He ...more

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Arthur Schuster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Arthur Schuster Died at 83 (1851-1934) 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 ...more

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Augustus Edward Hough Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Augustus Edward Hough Love Died at 77 (1863-1940) Augustus Edward Hough Love FRS, often known as A. E. H. Love, was a mathematician famous for his work on the mathematical theory of elasticity. He also worked on wave propagation and his work on ...more

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Benjamin Gompertz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Benjamin Gompertz Died at 86 (1779-1865) Benjamin Gompertz was a British self-educated mathematician and actuary, who became a Fellow of the Royal Society. Gompertz is now best known for his Gompertz law of mortality, a demographic ...more

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Brook Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Brook Taylor Died at 46 (1685-1731) Brook Taylor FRS was an English mathematician who is best known for Taylor's theorem and the Taylor series.

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C. V. Durell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
C. V. Durell Died at 86 (1882-1968) Clement Vavasor Durell was an English schoolmaster who wrote mathematical textbooks.

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Charles Hutton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Charles Hutton Died at 86 (1737-1823) Charles Hutton was an English mathematician. He was professor of mathematics at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich from 1773 to 1807. He is remembered for his calculation of the density of the ...more

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Charles James Hargreave is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Charles James Hargreave Died at 46 (1820-1866) Charles James Hargreave was an English judge and mathematician.

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Christopher Wren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Christopher Wren Died at 91 (1632-1723) 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 ...more

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Daniel Cresswell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Daniel Cresswell Died at 68 (1776-1844) Daniel Cresswell D.D.,was a British clergyman and mathematician. He was son of Daniel Cresswell, a native of Crowden-le-Booth, in Edale, Derbyshire, who lived for many years at Newton, near ...more

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David George Kendall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
David George Kendall Died at 89 (1918-2007) David George Kendall FRS was an English statistician and mathematician, known for his work on probability, statistical shape analysis, ley lines and queueing theory. He spent most of his ...more

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David Sharp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
David Sharp Died at 34 (1972-2006) David Sharp was an English mountaineer and Cho Oyu summiter who died near the summit of Mount Everest. His death caused controversy and debate, because he was passed by a number of other ...more

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Dusa McDuff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dusa McDuff age 72 Dusa McDuff is an English mathematician whose work on symplectic geometry was recognised by the first Satter Prize, selection as a Noether Lecturer, and fellowship in the Royal Society.

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Edmond Halley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Edmond Halley Died at 86 (1656-1742) 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 ...more

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Edward Collingwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Edward Collingwood Died at 70 (1900-1970) Sir Edward Foyle Collingwood CBE FRS FRSE DL was an English mathematician and scientist. He was a member of the Eglingham branch of a prominent Northumbrian family, the son of Col. Cuthbert ...more

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Edward Wright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Edward Wright Edward Wright was an English mathematician and cartographer noted for his book Certaine Errors in Navigation, which for the first time explained the mathematical basis of the Mercator ...more

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Emery Molyneux is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Emery Molyneux Emery Molyneux was an English Elizabethan maker of globes, mathematical instruments and ordnance. His terrestrial and celestial globes, first published in 1592, were the first to be made in ...more

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Christopher Zeeman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Christopher Zeeman age 93 Sir Erik Christopher Zeeman FRS, is a Japanese-born British mathematician known for his work in geometric topology and singularity theory. Zeeman's main contributions to mathematics were in ...more

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Ernest Barnes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Ernest Barnes Died at 79 (1874-1953) Ernest William Barnes FRS was an English mathematician and scientist who later became a liberal theologian and bishop. He was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and Trinity College, ...more

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Ernest William Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Ernest William Brown Died at 72 (1866-1938) Ernest William Brown FRS was a British mathematician and astronomer, who spent the majority of his career working in the United States. His life's work was the study of the Moon's motion and the ...more

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Frances Kirwan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Frances Kirwan age 59 Dame Frances Clare Kirwan, DBE FRS is a British mathematician, currently a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. Her fields of specialisation are algebraic and symplectic

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Francis Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Francis Williams Died at 68 (1702-1770) Francis Williams was a scholar and poet born in Kingston, Jamaica.

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George Ballard Mathews is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
George Ballard Mathews Died at 61 (1861-1922) George Ballard Mathews, FRS was an English mathematician. He was born in London. He studied at the Ludlow Grammar School which had instruction in Hebrew and Sanscrit as well as in Greek and ...more

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George Frederick James Temple is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
George Frederick James Temple Died at 91 (1901-1992) Dom George Frederick James Temple FRS OSB was an English mathematician, recipient of the Sylvester Medal in 1969. He was President of the London Mathematical Society in the years 1951-1953. ...more

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George Peacock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
George Peacock Died at 67 (1791-1858) George Peacock was an English mathematician.

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George Spencer-Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
George Spencer-Brown age 95 George Spencer-Brown is a polymath best known as the author of Laws of Form. He describes himself as a "mathematician, consulting engineer, psychologist, educational consultant and ...more

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Graham Nelson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Graham Nelson age 50 Graham A. Nelson is a British mathematician and poet and the creator of the Inform design system for creating interactive fiction games. He has also authored several IF games, including the ...more

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H. F. Baker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
H. F. Baker Died at 90 (1866-1956) Henry Frederick Baker FRS FRSE was a British mathematician, working mainly in algebraic geometry, but also remembered for contributions to partial differential equations, and Lie groups.

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Harold Davenport is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Harold Davenport Died at 62 (1907-1969) Harold Davenport FRS was an English mathematician, known for his extensive work in number theory.

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Henry Briggs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Henry Briggs Died at 69 (1561-1630) Henry Briggs was an English mathematician notable for changing the original logarithms invented by John Napier into common logarithms, which are sometimes known as Briggsian logarithms in his ...more

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Henry Thomas Herbert Piaggio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Henry Thomas Herbert Piaggio Died at 83 (1884-1967) Henry Thomas Herbert Piaggio was an English mathematician. Educated at the City of London School and St John's College Cambridge, he was appointed lecturer in mathematics at the University of ...more

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Hertha Marks Ayrton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Hertha Marks Ayrton Died at 69 (1854-1923) Phoebe Sarah Hertha Ayrton was an English engineer, mathematician, physicist, and inventor. She was awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society for her work on electric arcs and ripples in ...more

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Humphry Ditton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Humphry Ditton Died at 40 (1675-1715) Humphry Ditton was an English mathematician.

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Ian G. Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Ian G. Macdonald age 89 Ian Grant Macdonald is a British mathematician known for his contributions to symmetric functions, special functions, Lie algebra theory and other aspects of algebraic combinatorics. He was ...more

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Isaac Barrow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Isaac Barrow Died at 47 (1630-1677) Isaac Barrow was an English Christian theologian and mathematician who is generally given credit for his early role in the development of infinitesimal calculus; in particular, for the discovery ...more

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Isaac Milner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Isaac Milner Died at 70 (1750-1820) Rev. Isaac Milner FRS was a mathematician, an inventor, the President of Queens' College, Cambridge and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics. He was instrumental in the 1785 religious conversion of ...more

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Isaac Todhunter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Isaac Todhunter Died at 64 (1820-1884) Isaac Todhunter FRS, was an English mathematician who is best known today for the books he wrote on mathematics and its history.

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J. A. Todd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
J. A. Todd Died at 86 (1908-1994) John Arthur Todd FRS was a British geometer. He was born in Liverpool, and went to Trinity College of the University of Cambridge in 1925. He did research under H.F. Baker, and in 1931 took a ...more

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Jacob Bronowski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Jacob Bronowski Died at 66 (1908-1974) Jacob Bronowski was a Polish-Jewish British mathematician, biologist, historian of science, theatre author, poet and inventor. He is best remembered as the presenter and writer of the 1973 BBC ...more

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James Hopwood Jeans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
James Hopwood Jeans Died at 69 (1877-1946) Sir James Hopwood Jeans OM FRS MA DSc ScD LLD was an English physicist, astronomer and mathematician.

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James Joseph Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
James Joseph Sylvester Died at 83 (1814-1897) James Joseph Sylvester FRS was an English mathematician. He made fundamental contributions to matrix theory, invariant theory, number theory, partition theory and combinatorics. He played a ...more

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James Jurin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
James Jurin Died at 66 (1684-1750) James Jurin FRS MA FRCP MD was an English scientist and physician, particularly remembered for his early work in capillary action and in the epidemiology of smallpox vaccination. He was a ...more

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James Lighthill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
James Lighthill Died at 74 (1924-1998) Sir Michael James Lighthill, FRS was a British applied mathematician, known for his pioneering work in the field of aeroacoustics.

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John Couch Adams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
John Couch Adams Died at 73 (1819-1892) John Couch Adams FRS was a British mathematician and astronomer. Adams was born in Laneast, near Launceston, Cornwall, and died in Cambridge. The Cornish name Couch is pronounced ...more

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John Dee is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
John Dee Died at 82 (1527-1609) John Dee was a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occult philosopher, imperialist and adviser to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination and ...more