Find out more about the greatest 18th Century British Scientists, including Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage, John Dalton, Humphry Davy and William Herschel.
Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
17 January 1706
Founding Father of the United States
Michael FaradayMichael Faraday
22 September 1791
Physicist & Chemist

Charles BabbageCharles Babbage
26 December 1791
Father of the computer

John DaltonJohn Dalton
06 September 1766
 

Humphry DavyHumphry Davy
17 December 1778
Inventor of Davy Lamp

Joseph PriestleyJoseph Priestley
24 March 1733
Discoverer of Oxygen
William HerschelWilliam Herschel
15 November 1738
Astronomer, Composer

Edmond HalleyEdmond Halley
08 November 1656
Astronomer

Henry CavendishHenry Cavendish
10 October 1731
Chemist

Joseph BanksJoseph Banks
24 February 1743
Botanist
Charles LyellCharles Lyell
14 November 1797
Lawyer

Robert BrownRobert Brown
21 December 1773
Botanist
William HopkinsWilliam Hopkins
02 February 1793
Mathematician, Geologist

Mary SomervilleMary Somerville
26 December 1780
Mathematician, Linguist, Translator, Astronomer,

Thomas BayesThomas Bayes
1702 AD
Mathematician, Statistician
James HuttonJames Hutton
03 June 1726
Geologist

William WhewellWilliam Whewell
24 May 1794
Economist, Physicist, Historian, Philosopher,
John SoaneJohn Soane
10 September 1753
Architect, Archaeologist

Colin MaclaurinColin Maclaurin
01 February 1698
Edinburgh

Brook TaylorBrook Taylor
18 August 1685
Mathematician
William PlayfairWilliam Playfair
22 September 1759
Economist, Mathematician, Engineer, Statistician

Joseph BlackJoseph Black
16 April 1728
Chemist, Physicist, Scientist, University teacher
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,

Charles MasonCharles Mason
31 March 1728
astronomer

Thomas AddisonThomas Addison
02 April 1793
Physician, scientist

Adam SedgwickAdam Sedgwick
22 March 1785
Geologist
William Hyde WollastonWilliam Hyde Wollaston
06 August 1766
Chemist, Physicist, Engineer, Metallurgist
Charles BellCharles Bell
12 November 1774
Anatomist, Neuroscientist, Surgeon, Writer,

John FlamsteedJohn Flamsteed
19 August 1646
Astronomer

John ArbuthnotJohn Arbuthnot
 

William CullenWilliam Cullen
15 April 1710
Physician, Chemist, Farmer, Academic, University
Thomas ChalmersThomas Chalmers
17 March 1780
Mathematician, Theologian, Writer, University

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Dugald StewartDugald Stewart
 

James BruceJames Bruce
14 December 1730
Explorer, Archaeologist, Film editor, Botanist

William SturgeonWilliam Sturgeon
22 May 1783
Physicist, Inventor

William SmithWilliam Smith
23 March 1769
paleontologist, civil engineer, geologist
John PlayfairJohn Playfair
 

Alexander WilsonAlexander Wilson
1714 AD
Astronomer
John KeillJohn Keill
01 December 1671
Mathematician

William JonesWilliam Jones
 

Thomas YoungThomas Young
13 June 1773
Physician
Robert SimsonRobert Simson
 

William WalesWilliam Wales
 
Patrick KellyPatrick Kelly
 

William KirbyWilliam Kirby
19 September 1759
Entomologist