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List of famous British physicists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Imagine the world without the likes of Sir Isaac Newton, Alexander Graham Bell, Michael Faraday, Paul Dirac or James Maxwell! Insane, isn’t it? Though we do not have them all in person today, their discoveries have inventions have made them immortals so much so that their presence is perennially felt in their discoveries and inventions. Each of them and many other British physicists have greatly contributed to the world, through their intensive research of the physical phenomenon and natural science, involving the study of matter and related concepts. It is through their discoveries and invention that natural forces like gravity, electromagnetism and nuclear interaction have been best understood. The pioneering work of these great British physicists has been acting as a source of inspiration for budding new-generation scientists who, through their intensive study and research, have made a name for themselves, be it Roger Penrose and his contribution to general relativity and cosmology or Brian Edward Cox and his career in high-energy particle physics, David Bohm and his study of quantum theory, neuropsychology and the philosophy of the mind or Paul Davies and his findings in the field of cosmology, quantum field theory and astrobiology. Check out the life and works of some famous British physicists.
Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking

08 January 1942

Oxford

Capricorn

Isaac NewtonIsaac Newton

25 December 1642

20 March 1727

Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth

Capricorn

Michael FaradayMichael Faraday

22 September 1791

25 August 1867

Newington Butts

Virgo

Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford

30 August 1871

19 October 1937

Brightwater, New Zealand

Virgo

J J ThompsonJ. J. Thomson

18 December 1856

30 August 1940

Manchester, Lancashire, UK

Sagittarius

Robert HookeRobert Hooke

28 July 1635

03 March 1703

Freshwater, Isle of Wight

Leo

Robert BoyleRobert Boyle

25 January 1627

30 December 1691

Ireland

Aquarius

Paul DiracPaul Dirac

08 August 1902

20 October 1984

Bristol

Leo

James ChadwickJames Chadwick

20 October 1891

24 July 1974

Bollington

Libra

William Thomson, 1st Baron KelvinWilliam Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin

26 June 1824

17 December 1907

Belfast

Cancer

Henry MoseleyHenry Moseley

23 November 1887

10 August 1915

Weymouth, Dorset

Sagittarius

James Prescott JouleJames Prescott Joule

24 December 1818

11 October 1889

Salford, Lancashire, England, UK

Capricorn

Henry CavendishHenry Cavendish

10 October 1731

24 February 1810

Nice

Libra

Antony HewishAntony Hewish

11 May 1924

Fowey, Cornwall, England

Taurus

Arthur EddingtonArthur Eddington

28 December 1882

22 November 1944

Kendal

Capricorn

John TyndallJohn Tyndall

02 August 1820

04 December 1893

Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland

Leo

Sir George Stokes, 1st BaronetSir George Stokes, 1st Baronet

13 August 1819

01 February 1903

Skreen

Leo

William Henry BraggWilliam Henry Bragg

02 July 1862

10 March 1942

Wigton

Cancer

Lord KelvinLord Kelvin

26 June 1824

17 December 1907

Belfast, Ireland

Cancer

John CockcroftJohn Cockcroft

27 May 1897

18 September 1967

Todmorden

Gemini

Lor RayleighLord Rayleigh

12 November 1842

30 June 1919

Langford Grove, Maldon, Essex, England

Scorpio

George Paget ThomsonGeorge Paget Thomson

03 May 1892

10 September 1975

Cambridge

Taurus

Martin RyleMartin Ryle

27 September 1918

14 October 1984

Brighton

Libra

Brian JosephsonBrian Josephson

04 January 1940

Cardiff

Capricorn

Francis William AstonFrancis William Aston

01 September 1877

20 November 1945

Harborne, Birmingham

Virgo

William GilbertWilliam Gilbert

24 May 1544

30 November 1603

Colchester

Gemini

Charles Thomson Rees WilsonCharles Thomson Rees Wilson

14 February 1869

15 November 1959

Midlothian, Scotland

Aquarius

Nevill Francis Mott Nevill Francis Mott

30 September 1905

08 August 1996

Leeds, England

Libra

Edward Victor AppletonEdward Victor Appleton

06 September 1892

21 April 1965

Bradford

Virgo

 Owen Willans RichardsonOwen Willans Richardson

26 April 1879

15 February 1959

Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England

Taurus

Cecil Frank Powell C. F. Powell

05 December 1903

09 August 1969

Tonbridge

Sagittarius

Charles Glover BarklaCharles Glover Barkla

07 June 1877

23 October 1944

Widnes, Lancashire, England

Gemini

Patrick BlackettPatrick Blackett

18 November 1897

13 July 1974

London, England

Scorpio

Cyril DombCyril Domb

09 December 1920

15 February 2012

London, UK

Sagittarius

Sir William Lawrence BraggSir William Lawrence Bragg

31 March 1890

01 July 1971

North Adelaide, South Australia

Aries

Sir William Rowan HamiltonSir William Rowan Hamilton

04 August 1805

02 September 1865

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Leo

Freeman DysonFreeman Dyson

15 December 1923

Crowthorne

Sagittarius

Roger PenroseRoger Penrose

08 August 1931

Colchester

Leo

Peter HiggsPeter Higgs

29 May 1929

Newcastle upon Tyne

Gemini

Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram

29 August 1959

London

Virgo

Jocelyn Bell BurnellJocelyn Bell Burnell

15 July 1943

Belfast

Cancer

Fred HoyleFred Hoyle

24 June 1915

20 August 2001

Bingley

Cancer

Andre GeimAndre Geim

21 October 1958

Sochi

Libra

Charles K. KaoCharles K. Kao

04 November 1933

Shanghai

Scorpio

Oliver HeavisideOliver Heaviside

18 May 1850

03 February 1925

Camden Town

Taurus

Charles WheatstoneCharles Wheatstone

06 February 1802

19 October 1875

Gloucester

Aquarius

David BrewsterDavid Brewster

11 December 1781

10 February 1868

Jedburgh

Sagittarius

Joseph SwanJoseph Swan

31 October 1828

27 May 1914

Sunderland

Scorpio

William CrookesWilliam Crookes

17 June 1832

04 April 1919

London

Gemini

William Lawrence BraggWilliam Lawrence Bragg

31 March 1890

01 July 1971

Adelaide

Aries

David DeutschDavid Deutsch

1953 AD

Haifa

William WhewellWilliam Whewell

24 May 1794

06 March 1866

Lancaster

Gemini

Joseph BlackJoseph Black

16 April 1728

06 December 1799

Bordeaux

Aries

John PolkinghorneJohn Polkinghorne

16 October 1930

Weston-super-Mare

Libra

Oliver LodgeOliver Lodge

12 June 1851

22 August 1940

Stoke-on-Trent

Gemini

John Ambrose FlemingJohn Ambrose Fleming

29 November 1849

18 April 1945

Lancaster

Sagittarius

Brian CoxBrian Cox

03 March 1968

Chadderton

Pisces

James DewarJames Dewar

20 September 1842

27 March 1923

Kincardine

Virgo

Bruno PontecorvoBruno Pontecorvo

22 August 1913

24 September 1993

Pisa

Leo

John Desmond BernalJohn Desmond Bernal

10 May 1901

15 September 1971

Nenagh

Taurus

William John Macquorn RankineWilliam John Macquorn Rankine

05 July 1820

24 December 1872

Edinburgh

Cancer

Osborne ReynoldsOsborne Reynolds

23 August 1842

21 February 1912

Belfast

Leo

G. I. TaylorG. I. Taylor

07 March 1886

27 June 1975

England

Pisces

Anthony James LeggettAnthony James Leggett

26 March 1938

London

Aries

Frederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount CherwellFrederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell

05 April 1886

03 July 1957

Baden-Baden

Aries

George Johnstone StoneyGeorge Johnstone Stoney

15 February 1826

05 July 1911

County Offaly

Aquarius

Lewis Fry RichardsonLewis Fry Richardson

11 October 1881

30 September 1953

Newcastle upon Tyne

Libra

Raymond GoslingRaymond Gosling

1926 AD

Maurice WilkesMaurice Wilkes

26 June 1913

29 November 2010

Dudley

Cancer

James Hopwood JeansJames Hopwood Jeans

11 September 1877

16 September 1946

Ormskirk

Virgo

David J. C. MacKayDavid J. C. MacKay

22 April 1967

14 April 2016

Stoke-on-Trent

Taurus

Rudolf PeierlsRudolf Peierls

05 June 1907

19 September 1995

Berlin

Gemini

William SturgeonWilliam Sturgeon

22 May 1783

04 December 1850

Whittington

Gemini

Charles Galton DarwinCharles Galton Darwin

18 December 1887

31 December 1962

Cambridge

Sagittarius

William WhistonWilliam Whiston

09 December 1667

22 August 1752

Leicestershire

Sagittarius

Bernard LovellBernard Lovell

31 August 1913

06 August 2012

Oldland Common

Virgo

Stephen HalesStephen Hales

17 September 1677

04 January 1761

Kent

Virgo

Patrick Blackett, Baron BlackettPatrick Blackett, Baron Blackett

18 November 1897

13 July 1974

Kensington

Scorpio

William Hyde WollastonWilliam Hyde Wollaston

06 August 1766

22 December 1828

Norfolk

Leo

John Henry PoyntingJohn Henry Poynting

09 September 1852

30 March 1914

Manchester

Virgo

Joseph John ThomsonJoseph John Thomson

18 December 1856

30 August 1940

Manchester

Sagittarius

John William StruttJohn William Strutt

12 November 1842

30 June 1919

Maldon

Scorpio

Dennis W. SciamaDennis W. Sciama

18 November 1926

18 December 1999

Manchester

Scorpio

John EllisJohn Ellis

01 July 1946

Hampstead

Cancer

Michael BerryMichael Berry

14 March 1941

Surrey

Pisces

Michael GreenMichael Green

22 May 1946

London

Gemini

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