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

List people range from Charles Thomson Rees Wilson to John Napier.

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

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Alexander Macfarlane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicists from Scotland
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Alexander Macfarlane FRSE was a Scottish logician, physicist, and mathematician. Macfarlane was born in Blairgowrie, Scotland and studied at the University of Edinburgh. His doctoral thesis "The disruptive discharge of electricity" reported on experimental results from the laboratory of Peter Guthrie Tait. In 1878 Macfarlane was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh During his life, Macfarlane played a prominent role in research and education. He taught at the universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews, was physics professor at the University of Texas, professor of Advanced Electricity, and later of mathematical physics, at Lehigh University. MacFarlane was the secretary of the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 62 (1851-1913)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Perth and Kinross, Blairgowrie and Rattray, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, + more

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Archibald Howie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicists from Scotland
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Archibald "Archie" Howie CBE FRS is a British physicist, known for his pioneering work on the interpretation of transmission electron microscope images of crystals. Born in 1934, he attended Kirkcaldy High School and the University of Edinburgh. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he subsequently took up a permanent post. He has been a fellow of Churchill College since its foundation, and was President of its Senior Combination Room until 2010. In 1965, with Hirsch, Whelan, Pashley and Nicholson, he published the seminal text Electron Microscopy of Thin Crystals. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1978 and awarded their Royal Medal in 1999. In 1992 he was awarded ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 84

Birthplace: United Kingdom

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Balfour Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicists from Scotland
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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 Observatory. He was elected professor of physics at Owens College, Manchester, and retained that chair until his death, which happened near Drogheda, in Ireland, on 19 December 1887. He was the author of several successful science textbooks, and also of the article on "Terrestrial Magnetism" in the ninth edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 59 (1828-1887)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Charles Thomson Rees Wilson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicists from Scotland
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Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, CH, FRS was a Scottish physicist and meteorologist who received the Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cloud chamber. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 90 (1869-1959)

Birthplace: Midlothian, United Kingdom

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