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Famous Scientists from England

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

This is a list that features people like Stephen Hawking and Arthur Stanley Eddington. Featuring British scientists and more, this list has it all. 

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

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  • 1

    A. D. Gardner

    Dec. at 92 (1884-1977)
    Arthur Duncan Gardner, FRCP, FRCS (28 March 1884 – 28 January 1977) was a member of the team of Oxford University scientists who developed penicillin and was Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford...  more
  • 2

    A. Follett Osler

    Dec. at 95 (1808-1903)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Abraham Follett Osler (22 March 1808 – 26 April 1903), known as A. Follett Osler, was a pioneer in the measurement of meteorological and chronological data in Birmingham, England....  more
  • 3

    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
  • 4

    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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  • 5

    Alexander William Williamson

    Dec. at 80 (1824-1904)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Prof Alexander William Williamson FRS FRSE PCS MRIA (1 May 1824 – 6 May 1904) was an English chemist of Scottish descent. He is best known today for the Williamson ether synthesis....  more
  • 6

    Michael A. Epstein

    Age: 100

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Sir Michael Anthony Epstein, CBE, FRS, FMedSci (born 18 May 1921) is a British pathologist and academic. He is one of the discoverers of the Epstein–Barr virus, along with Yvonne Barr and Bert Achong....  more
  • 7

    Arnold Burgen

    Age: 99
    Sir Arnold Stanley Vincent Burgen, FRS (born 20 March 1922) is a retired British physician, pharmacologist, academic and university administrator. He was Master of Darwin College, Cambridge from...  more
  • 8

    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
  • 9

    Arthur Seldon

    Dec. at 89 (1916-2005)

    BirthplaceEast End of London, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England

    Arthur Seldon (29 May 1916 – 11 October 2005) was joint founder president, with Ralph Harris, of the Institute of Economic Affairs, where he directed editorial affairs and publishing for more than...  more
  • 10

    Arthur Stanley Eddington

    Dec. at 61 (1882-1944)

    BirthplaceKendal, United Kingdom

    Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (28 December 1882 – 22 November 1944) was an English astronomer, physicist, and mathematician. He was also a philosopher of science and a populariser of science. The...  more
  • 11

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey (; born 20 April 1963) is an English author and biomedical gerontologist. He is the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation and VP of New Technology...  more
  • 12

    Barnes Wallis

    Dec. at 92 (1887-1979)

    BirthplaceRipley, United Kingdom

    Sir Barnes Neville Wallis (26 September 1887 – 30 October 1979), was an English scientist, engineer and inventor. He is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the Royal Air Force in...  more
  • 13

    Bernard Katz

    Dec. at 92 (1911-2003)

    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany

    Sir Bernard Katz, FRS (26 March 1911 – 20 April 2003) was a German-born Australian physician and biophysicist, noted for his work on nerve physiology. He shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or...  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceCorsham, United Kingdom

    Brian J. Ford FLS HonFRMS (born 1939 in Corsham, Wiltshire) is an independent research biologist, author, and lecturer, who publishes on scientific issues for the general public. He has also been a...  more
  • 15

    Charles Blagden

    Dec. at 71 (1748-1820)

    BirthplaceWotton-under-Edge, United Kingdom

    Sir Charles Brian Blagden FRS (17 April 1748 – 26 March 1820) was a British physician and scientist. He served as a medical officer in the Army (1776–1780) and later held the position of Secretary of...  more
  • 16

    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
  • 17

    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
  • 18

    Clement le Neve Foster

    Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)

    BirthplaceCamberwell, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Clement le Neve Foster (March 23, 1841 – April 19, 1904) was an English geologist and mineralogist....  more
  • 19

    Edward Colin Cherry

    Dec. at 65 (1914-1979)

    BirthplaceSt Albans, United Kingdom

    Edward Colin Cherry (23 June 1914 – 23 November 1979) was a British cognitive scientist whose main contributions were in focused auditory attention, specifically the cocktail party problem regarding...  more
  • 20

    David Keilin

    Dec. at 75 (1887-1963)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    David Keilin FRS (21 March 1887 – 27 February 1963) was a scientist focusing mainly on entomology....  more
  • 21
    Sir David Lionel Goldsmid-Stern-Salomons, 2nd Baronet (28 January 1851 – 19 April 1925) was a British scientific author and barrister....  more
  • 22
    Douglas Alan Ross (born 9 May 1948) is a British physicist. As of 2017 he is Professor Emeritus of physics at the University of Southampton....  more
  • 23

    Ebenezer Kinnersley

    Dec. at 66 (1711-1778)

    BirthplaceGloucester, United Kingdom

    Ebenezer Kinnersley (November 30, 1711 in Gloucester, England – July 4, 1778 in Lower Dublin Township, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a scientist, inventor and lecturer, specializing in the...  more
  • 24

    Edmund Davy

    Dec. at 72 (1785-1857)

    BirthplacePenzance, United Kingdom

    Edmund Davy FRS (1785 – 5 November 1857) was a professor of Chemistry at the Royal Cork Institution from 1813 and professor of chemistry at the Royal Dublin Society from 1826. He discovered...  more
  • 25

    Edward Adrian Wilson

    Dec. at 39 (1872-1912)

    BirthplaceCheltenham, United Kingdom

    Edward Adrian Wilson (23 July 1872 – 29 March 1912), was an English physician, polar explorer, natural historian, ornithologist and artist....  more