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

Stephen Hawking and John Dalton are included on this list.

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

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Adrian Berry, 4th Viscount Cam... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Adrian Berry, 4th Viscount Camrose age 80 Adrian Michael Berry, 4th Viscount Camrose is a British journalist, writer, and nobleman.

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Alan Barber is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Alan Barber age 44 Alan Barber is a British-born theoretical physicist and works at the physics faculty at MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. He worked at the University of Cambridge until 2007. He is famous for ...more

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Albert Beaumont Wood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Albert Beaumont Wood Died at 74 (1890-1964) Albert Beaumont Wood OBE DSc, better known as A B Wood, was a British physicist, known for his pioneering work in the field of underwater acoustics and sonar. Wood is a physicist best known for ...more

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Archibald Hill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Archibald Hill Died at 91 (1886-1977) Archibald Vivian Hill, CH, OBE, FRS, known as A. V. Hill, was an English physiologist, one of the founders of the diverse disciplines of biophysics and operations research. He shared the 1922 ...more

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Arthur Schuster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Physicists 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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Balfour Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Balfour Stewart Died at 59 (1828-1887) Balfour Stewart was a Scottish physicist. His studies in the field of radiant heat led to him receiving the Rumford Medal of the Royal Society in 1868. In 1859 he was appointed director of Kew ...more

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Charles Galton Darwin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Charles Galton Darwin Died at 75 (1887-1962) Sir Charles Galton Darwin, KBE, MC, FRS was an English physicist, the grandson of Charles Darwin. He served as director of the National Physical Laboratory during the Second World War.

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Christopher Wren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Physicists 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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Douglas Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Douglas Ross age 69 Douglas Alan Ross is a British physicist and colleague of Chris Sachrajda. He is currently professor emeritus of physics at the University of Southampton. Ross was educated at New College, ...more

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Edmond Halley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Physicists 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 Andrade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Edward Andrade Died at 84 (1887-1971) Edward Neville da Costa Andrade FRS was an English physicist, writer, and poet. He told The Literary Digest his name was pronounced "as written, i.e., like air raid, with and substituted ...more

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Edward Victor Appleton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Edward Victor Appleton Died at 73 (1892-1965) Sir Edward Victor Appleton, GBE, KCB, FRS was an English physicist. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1947 for his seminal work proving the existence of the ionosphere during experiments ...more

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Ernest Marsden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Ernest Marsden Died at 81 (1889-1970) Sir Ernest Marsden CMG CBE MC FRS was an English-New Zealand physicist. He is recognised internationally for his contributions to science while working under Ernest Rutherford, which led to the ...more

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F. W. Jordan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Physicists from England
F. W. Jordan Frank Wilfred Jordan was a British physicist who together with William Henry Eccles invented the so-called "flip-flop" circuit in 1918. This circuit became the basis of electronic ...more

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Francis Simon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Francis Simon Died at 63 (1893-1956) Sir Francis Simon, was a German and later British physical chemist and physicist who devised the method, and confirmed its feasibility, of separating the isotope Uranium-235 and thus made a ...more

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Frank Nabarro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Frank Nabarro Died at 90 (1916-2006) Frank Reginald Nunes Nabarro MBE OMS FRS was an English-born South African physicist and one of the pioneers of solid-state physics, which underpins much of 21st-century technology.

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Geoffrey Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Geoffrey Thomas age 76 Geoffrey Price Thomas was President of Kellogg College, Oxford and Director of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education until 2008. He was educated at Maesteg Grammar School, ...more

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George Paget Thomson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Physicists from England
George Paget Thomson Died at 83 (1892-1975) Sir George Paget Thomson, FRS was an English physicist and Nobel laureate in physics recognised for his discovery with Clinton Davisson of the wave properties of the electron by electron

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Godfrey Hounsfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Godfrey Hounsfield Died at 85 (1919-2004) Sir Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield, CBE, FRS, was an English electrical engineer who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Allan McLeod Cormack for his part in developing the ...more

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Harry Boot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Harry Boot Died at 66 (1917-1983) Henry Albert Howard "Harry" Boot was an English physicist who with Sir John Randall and James Sayers developed the cavity magnetron, which was one of the keys to the Allied victory in ...more

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Henry Cavendish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Henry Cavendish Died 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 Moseley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Henry Moseley Died at 28 (1887-1915) Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley was an English physicist. Moseley's outstanding contribution to the science of physics was the justification from physical laws of the previous empirical and chemical ...more

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James Chadwick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Physicists from England
James Chadwick Died at 83 (1891-1974) Sir James Chadwick, CH, FRS was an English physicist who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the neutron in 1932. In 1941, he wrote the final draft of the MAUD ...more

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James Challis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Physicists from England
James Challis Died at 79 (1803-1882) James Challis FRS was an English clergyman, physicist and astronomer. Plumian Professor and director of the Cambridge Observatory, he investigated a wide range of physical phenomena though made ...more

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James Prescott Joule is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Physicists from England
James Prescott Joule Died at 71 (1818-1889) James Prescott Joule FRS . This led to the law of conservation of energy, which led to the development of the first law of thermodynamics. The SI derived unit of energy, the joule, is named ...more

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John Ambrose Fleming is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Physicists from England
John Ambrose Fleming Died at 96 (1849-1945) Sir John Ambrose Fleming FRS was a British electrical engineer and physicist. He is known for inventing the first thermionic valve or vacuum tube. He is also famous for the left hand rule. He ...more

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John Canton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Physicists from England
John Canton Died at 54 (1718-1772) John Canton FRS was an English physicist. Canton was born in Middle Street Stroud, Gloucestershire, the son of a weaver John Canton and Esther. At the age of nineteen, under the auspices of Dr ...more

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John D. Barrow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Physicists from England
John D. Barrow age 65 John David Barrow FRS is an English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and mathematician. He is currently Research Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Barrow is ...more

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John Dalton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Physicists from England
John Dalton Died 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 Ellis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Physicists from England
John Ellis age 71 Jonathan Richard Ellis CBE FRS is a British theoretical physicist who is currently Clerk Maxwell Professor of Theoretical Physics at King's College London. After completing his secondary ...more

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John F. Allen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Physicists from England
John F. Allen Died at 93 (1908-2001) John Frank 'Jack' Allen, FRS FRSE was a Canadian-born physicist. Along with Pyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa and Don Misener, Allen discovered the superfluid phase of matter in 1937 using liquid helium ...more

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John Henry Poynting is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Physicists from England
John Henry Poynting Died at 62 (1852-1914) John Henry Poynting was an English physicist. He was a professor of physics at Mason Science College, from 1880 to 1900, and then the successor institution, the University of Birmingham until ...more

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John Hopkinson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Physicists from England
John Hopkinson Died at 49 (1849-1898) John Hopkinson, FRS, was a British physicist, electrical engineer, Fellow of the Royal Society and President of the IEE twice in 1890 and 1896. He invented the three-wire system for the ...more

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John Kendrew is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Physicists from England
John Kendrew Died at 80 (1917-1997) Sir John Cowdery Kendrew, CBE, FRS was an English biochemist and crystallographer who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Max Perutz; their group in the Cavendish Laboratory ...more

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John Pendry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Physicists from England
John Pendry age 74 Sir John Brian Pendry, FRS FInstP is an English theoretical physicist known for his research into refractive indices and creation of the first practical "Invisibility Cloak". He is a ...more

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John William Strutt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Physicists from England
John William Strutt Died at 77 (1842-1919) John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, OM, PRS was an English physicist who, with William Ramsay, discovered argon, an achievement for which he earned the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1904. He ...more

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John Ziman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Physicists from England
John Ziman Died at 80 (1925-2005) John Michael Ziman was a British-born New Zealand physicist and humanist who worked in the area of condensed matter physics. He was a spokesman for science, as well as a teacher and author. ...more

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Joseph John Thomson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Joseph John Thomson Died at 84 (1856-1940) Sir Joseph John "J. J." Thomson, OM, FRS was an English physicist. He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of London and appointed to the Cavendish Professorship of ...more

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Joseph Swan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Joseph Swan Died 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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Keith Nugent is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Keith Nugent age 58 Keith Alexander Nugent is an Australian physicist. He is Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne, Australia specialising in X-ray optics and near-field optics. He was born in Bath, ...more

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Lewis Fry Richardson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Lewis Fry Richardson Died at 72 (1881-1953) Lewis Fry Richardson, FRS was an English mathematician, physicist, meteorologist, psychologist and pacifist who pioneered modern mathematical techniques of weather forecasting, and the ...more

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Louis Essen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Louis Essen Died at 89 (1908-1997) Louis Essen FRS O.B.E. was an English physicist whose most notable achievements were in the precise measurement of time and the determination of the speed of light. He was critical of Albert ...more

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M. J. Seaton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Physicists from England
M. J. Seaton Died at 84 (1923-2007) Michael John Seaton FRS was an influential British mathematician, atomic physicist, and astronomer. He was born in Bristol, and educated at Wallington County Grammar School, a grammar school in ...more

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Mark Trodden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Mark Trodden age 50 Mark Trodden is a theoretical cosmologist and particle physicist. He is the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics and Co-Director of the Center for Particle Cosmology at the ...more

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Michael Faraday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Michael Faraday Died 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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Michael Green is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Michael Green age 71 Michael Boris Green FRS is a British physicist and one of the pioneers of string theory. Currently a professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and a Fellow in ...more

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Nicholas Kemmer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Nicholas Kemmer Died at 88 (1911-1999) Nicholas Kemmer, FRS, was a Russian-born British nuclear physicist who played an integral and leading edge role in United Kingdom's nuclear programme, and was known as a mentor of Abdus Salam – ...more

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Oliver Heaviside is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Oliver Heaviside Died at 75 (1850-1925) Oliver Heaviside FRS was a self-taught English electrical engineer, mathematician, and physicist who adapted complex numbers to the study of electrical circuits, invented mathematical techniques ...more

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Owen Willans Richardson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Owen Willans Richardson Died at 80 (1879-1959) Sir Owen Willans Richardson, FRS was a British physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1928 for his work on thermionic emission, which led to Richardson's Law.

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Paul Dirac is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Physicists from England
Paul Dirac Died at 82 (1902-1984) Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac OM FRS was an English theoretical physicist who made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. He was ...more