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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

    Dec. at 76 (1916-1992)

    BirthplaceSouth 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....  more
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    Ada Lovelace

    Dec. at 36 (1815-1852)

    BirthplaceLondon, 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 mechanical...  more

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  • 3

    BirthplaceBath, 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 Arabic...  more
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    Albert Ingham

    Dec. at 67 (1900-1967)

    BirthplaceNorthampton, United Kingdom

    Albert Edward Ingham FRS (3 April 1900 – 6 September 1967) was an English mathematician. ...  more
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    Alfred Kempe

    Dec. at 72 (1849-1922)

    BirthplaceKensington, 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 the...  more
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    Arthur Cayley

    Dec. at 73 (1821-1895)

    BirthplaceRichmond, 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

    Dec. at 83 (1851-1934)

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, 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 and...  more
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    Augustus Edward Hough Love

    Dec. at 77 (1863-1940)

    BirthplaceWeston-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

    Dec. at 86 (1779-1865)

    BirthplaceLondon, 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 of...  more
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    Brook Taylor

    Dec. at 46 (1685-1731)

    BirthplaceEdmonton, 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....  more
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    C. V. Durell

    Dec. at 86 (1882-1968)

    BirthplaceFulbourn, 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....  more
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    Charles Hutton

    Dec. at 85 (1737-1823)

    BirthplaceNewcastle 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 1807. He...  more
  • 13
    Charles James Hargreave (December 1820 – 23 April 1866) was an English judge and mathematician....  more
  • 14

    Christopher Wren

    Dec. at 90 (1632-1723)

    BirthplaceEast 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 Great...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceWakefield, 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 at...  more
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    David George Kendall

    Dec. at 89 (1918-2007)

    BirthplaceRipon, 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
  • 17

    David Sharp

    Dec. at 34 (1972-2006)


    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 other...  more
  • 18

    BirthplaceLondon, 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 Noether...  more
  • 19

    Edmond Halley

    Dec. at 85 (1656-1742)

    BirthplaceHaggerston, 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 physicist. He...  more
  • 20

    Edward Collingwood

    Dec. at 70 (1900-1970)

    BirthplaceLilburn 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 son...  more
  • 21

    Edward Wright

    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 first...  more
  • 22

    Emery Molyneux

    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 1592,...  more
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    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....  more
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    Ernest Barnes

    Dec. at 79 (1874-1953)

    BirthplaceBirmingham, 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

    Dec. at 71 (1866-1938)

    BirthplaceKingston 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