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Famous Mathematicians from England

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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.

Stephen Hawking and Joseph John Thomson are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

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

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Abraham Manie Adelstein ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Abraham Manie Adelstein Dec. at 76 (1916-1992)

Birthplace: South Africa

Abraham Manie "Abe" Adelstein (28 March 1916 – 18 October 1992) 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
Dec. at 37 (1815-1852)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed ...more

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Adelard of Bath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 72 (1080-1152)

Birthplace: Bath, United Kingdom

Adelard of Bath (Latin: Adelardus Bathensis; c. 1080 – c. 1152 AD) was a 12th-century English natural philosopher. He is known both for his original works and for translating many important ...more
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Albert Ingham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 67 (1900-1967)

Birthplace: Northampton, United Kingdom

Albert Edward Ingham FRS (3 April 1900 – 6 September 1967) was an English mathematician.
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Alfred Kempe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Alfred Kempe Dec. at 73 (1849-1922)

Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Sir Alfred Bray Kempe DCL FRS (6 July 1849, Kensington, London – 21 April 1922, London) was a mathematician best known for his work on linkages and the four colour theorem. Kempe was the son of ...more
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Arthur Cayley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 74 (1821-1895)

Birthplace: Richmond, London, London, United Kingdom

Arthur Cayley (; 16 August 1821 – 26 January 1895) was a prolific British mathematician who worked mostly on algebra. He helped found the modern British school of pure mathematics. As a child, ...more
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Arthur Schuster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 83 (1851-1934)

Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

Sir Franz Arthur Friedrich Schuster FRS FRSE (12 September 1851 – 17 October 1934) was a German-born British physicist known for his work in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, optics, X-radiography ...more
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Augustus Edward Hough Lo... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 77 (1863-1940)

Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

Augustus Edward Hough Love FRS (17 April 1863, Weston-super-Mare – 5 June 1940, Oxford), often known as A. E. H. Love, was a mathematician famous for his work on the mathematical theory of ...more
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Benjamin Gompertz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 86 (1779-1865)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Benjamin Gompertz (5 March 1779 – 14 July 1865) 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 ...more
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Brook Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 46 (1685-1731)

Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

Brook Taylor (18 August 1685 – 29 December 1731) 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 Dec. at 86 (1882-1968)

Birthplace: Fulbourn, United Kingdom

Clement Vavasor Durell (born 6 June 1882, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, died South Africa, 10 December 1968) 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
Dec. at 86 (1737-1823)

Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Charles Hutton FRS FRSE LLD (14 August 1737 – 27 January 1823) was an English mathematician and surveyor. He was professor of mathematics at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich from 1773 to ...more
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Charles James Hargreave ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 46 (1820-1866)
Charles James Hargreave (December 1820 – 23 April 1866) was an English judge and mathematician.
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Christopher Wren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 91 (1632-1723)

Birthplace: East Knoyle, United Kingdom

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
Dec. at 68 (1776-1844)

Birthplace: Wakefield, United Kingdom

Daniel Cresswell D.D. (1776 – 21 Mar 1844),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 ...more
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David George Kendall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 89 (1918-2007)

Birthplace: Ripon, United Kingdom

David George Kendall FRS (15 January 1918 – 23 October 2007) was an English statistician and mathematician, known for his work on probability, statistical shape analysis, ley lines and queueing ...more
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David Sharp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
David Sharp Dec. at 34 (1972-2006)

Birthplace: England

David Sharp (15 February 1972 – 15 May 2006) was an English mountaineer who died near the summit of Mount Everest. His death caused controversy and debate, because he was passed by a number of ...more
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Dusa McDuff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Age: 73

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Dusa McDuff FRS CorrFRSE (born 18 October 1945) is an English mathematician who works on symplectic geometry. She was the first recipient of the Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics, was a ...more
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Edmond Halley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 86 (1656-1742)

Birthplace: Haggerston, London, United Kingdom

Edmond (or Edmund) Halley, FRS (; 8 November [O.S. 29 October] 1656 – 25 January 1742 [O.S. 14 January 1741]) was an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and ...more

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Edward Collingwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 70 (1900-1970)

Birthplace: Lilburn Tower, United Kingdom

Sir Edward Foyle Collingwood LLD (17 January 1900 – 25 October 1970) was an English mathematician and scientist. He was a member of the Eglingham branch of a prominent Northumbrian family, the ...more
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Edward Wright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Edward Wright

Birthplace: Garvestone, United Kingdom

Edward Wright (baptised 8 October 1561; died November 1615) was an English mathematician and cartographer noted for his book Certaine Errors in Navigation (1599; 2nd ed., 1610), which for the ...more
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Emery Molyneux is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Emery Molyneux

Birthplace: England

Emery Molyneux ( EM-ər-ee MOL-in-oh; died June 1598) was an English Elizabethan maker of globes, mathematical instruments and ordnance. His terrestrial and celestial globes, first published in ...more
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Christopher Zeeman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Age: 94

Birthplace: Japan

Sir Erik Christopher Zeeman FRS (4 February 1925 – 13 February 2016), was a British mathematician, known for his work in geometric topology and singularity theory.
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Ernest Barnes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 79 (1874-1953)

Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Ernest William Barnes (1 April 1874 – 29 November 1953) was an English mathematician and scientist who later became a liberal theologian and bishop.He was educated at King Edward's School, ...more
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Ernest William Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Mathematicians from England
Dec. at 72 (1866-1938)

Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom

Ernest William Brown FRS (29 November 1866 – 22 July 1938) was an English mathematician and astronomer, who spent the majority of his career working in the United States and became a naturalised ...more