19th century can be rightly called as the time of innovation, discovery and invention. The century gave us many prominent and celebrated individuals who changed the world thoroughly with their vision and dream. The period marks the dawn of technological advancement, a scientific revolution, electrification and great advancement in medicine and science. But most of this could not have been possible had it not been for the scientists of the era. And while talking about scientists, 19th century saw some of the most able scientists coming from the land of Brits. British scientists of the 19th century can be credited for some of the most important inventions that casted a huge impact on humanity and the way we live, even today. Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction that became the operating principle of transformers and all electric generators. James Marsh is credited for detecting arsenic poisoning through his Marsh test. Charles Babbage came up with the world’s first mechanical and general purpose programmable computer that changed the world completely. World’s first incandescent light by passing a current from a battery, was discovered by Sir Humphry Davy in the 19th century. Given below is the list of famous 19th century British scientists who transformed the world completely with their inventions and discoveries.
Charles DarwinCharles Darwin
12 February 1809
Naturalist, Geologist
Ada LovelaceAda Lovelace
10 December 1815
Countess of Lovelace

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
18 May 1872

Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll
27 January 1832
Author, Mathematician and Photographer

Alexander FlemingAlexander Fleming
06 August 1881
Biologist, Pharmacologist, Discovered Penicillin

Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford
30 August 1871
Physicist, Chemist
William RamsayWilliam Ramsay
02 October 1852

J J ThompsonJ. J. Thomson
18 December 1856
Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner

John Logie BairdJohn Logie Baird
13 August 1888

Alfred Russel WallaceAlfred Russel Wallace
08 January 1823
Naturalist, Explorer, Geographer, Anthropologist
G. H. HardyG. H. Hardy
07 February 1877

Joseph ListerJoseph Lister
05 April 1827
Surgeon and Scientist
James ChadwickJames Chadwick
20 October 1891
Discoverer of Neutron

George BooleGeorge Boole
02 November 1815
Mathematician, Philosopher and Logician

William HerschelWilliam Herschel
15 November 1738
Astronomer, Composer
Alfred North WhiteheadAlfred North Whitehead
15 February 1861
Mathematician, Philosopher

Thomas Henry HuxleyThomas Henry Huxley
04 May 1825
Henry MoseleyHenry Moseley
23 November 1887

Stamford RafflesStamford Raffles
06 July 1781
Former Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies

Ronald RossRonald Ross
13 May 1857
Medical doctor
Chaim WeizmannChaim Weizmann
27 November 1874
Former President of Israel

James Prescott JouleJames Prescott Joule
24 December 1818
Arthur EddingtonArthur Eddington
28 December 1882

Marie StopesMarie Stopes
15 October 1880
Paleobotanist & Women’s Rights Activists

Henry Fox TalbotHenry Fox Talbot
11 February 1800

John TyndallJohn Tyndall
02 August 1820
Sir George Stokes, 1st BaronetSir George Stokes, 1st Baronet
13 August 1819
John VennJohn Venn
04 August 1834

William Henry BraggWilliam Henry Bragg
02 July 1862
Nobel Prize Winner in Physics

Charles Scott SherringtonCharles Scott Sherrington
27 November 1857

Lord KelvinLord Kelvin
26 June 1824
Mathematician, Physicist
Patrick BlackettPatrick Blackett
18 November 1897

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Arthur CayleyArthur Cayley
16 August 1821

John CockcroftJohn Cockcroft
27 May 1897

Frederick SoddyFrederick Soddy
02 September 1877

George Paget ThomsonGeorge Paget Thomson
03 May 1892
Francis William AstonFrancis William Aston
01 September 1877
Chemist & Physicist

Archibald HillArchibald Hill
26 September 1886
Henry Hallett DaleHenry Hallett Dale
09 June 1875
Physiologist & Pharmacologist

Charles Thomson Rees WilsonCharles Thomson Rees Wilson
14 February 1869

Edward Victor AppletonEdward Victor Appleton
06 September 1892
Frederick Gowland HopkinsFrederick Gowland Hopkins
20 June 1861
English biochemist

Norman HaworthNorman Haworth
19 March 1883
Charles Glover BarklaCharles Glover Barkla
07 June 1877

Lor RayleighLord Rayleigh
12 November 1842
Discoverer of Argon

Edward Arthur MilneEdward Arthur Milne
14 February 1896

 Owen Willans RichardsonOwen Willans Richardson
26 April 1879

Henry FauldsHenry Faulds
01 June 1843
Arthur Harden Arthur Harden
12 October 1865

Ronald George Wreyford NorrishRonald George Wreyford Norrish
09 November 1897

J.B.S. HaldaneJ.B.S. Haldane
05 November 1892

John James Rickard MacleodJohn James Rickard Macleod
06 September 1876
Biochemist & Physiologist
Agnes ArberAgnes Arber
23 February 1879

Sir William Lawrence BraggSir William Lawrence Bragg
31 March 1890
Nobel Laureate in Physics
Robert Robinson Robert Robinson
13 September 1886

James Clerk MaxwellJames Clerk Maxwell
13 June 1831

Allan Octavian HumeAllan Octavian Hume
06 June 1829
Botanist, Ornithologist, Civil servant
Oliver HeavisideOliver Heaviside
18 May 1850
Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Telegraphy

Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
27 March 1857
Mathematician, Historian of mathematics,
J. B. S. HaldaneJ. B. S. Haldane
05 November 1892
Biologist, Geneticist, University teacher

Joseph SwanJoseph Swan
31 October 1828
Chemist, Physicist, Inventor

Charles WheatstoneCharles Wheatstone
06 February 1802
Cryptographer, Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer,
Mary SomervilleMary Somerville
26 December 1780
Mathematician, Linguist, Translator, Astronomer,

Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron RothschildWalter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild
08 February 1868
Biologist, Banker, Politician, Zoologist,
William CrookesWilliam Crookes
17 June 1832
Chemist, Physicist, Psychic

R. G. CollingwoodR. G. Collingwood
22 February 1889
Philosopher, Historian, Archaeologist

John GouldJohn Gould
14 September 1804

George Biddell AiryGeorge Biddell Airy
27 July 1801
Mathematician, Astronomer, Physicist, University
John Edensor LittlewoodJohn Edensor Littlewood
09 June 1885
Mathematician, University teacher
Joseph Dalton HookerJoseph Dalton Hooker
30 June 1817
Botanist, Explorer, Pteridologist, Bryologist

Patrick GeddesPatrick Geddes
02 October 1854
Urban planner, Sociologist

James DewarJames Dewar
20 September 1842
Physicist, Chemist, Inventor

Margaret MurrayMargaret Murray
13 July 1863
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Egyptologist
William BucklandWilliam Buckland
12 March 1784

Gertrude JekyllGertrude Jekyll
29 November 1843
Horticulturist, Painter, Gardener, Non-fiction

Charles RothschildCharles Rothschild
09 May 1877
Banker, Entomologist

John Ambrose FlemingJohn Ambrose Fleming
29 November 1849
Inventor, Physicist, Engineer, University teacher

Frederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount CherwellFrederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell
05 April 1886
Physicist, Politician, University teacher
George DarwinGeorge Darwin
09 July 1845
Mathematician, Astronomer

William Kingdon CliffordWilliam Kingdon Clifford
04 May 1845
Oliver LodgeOliver Lodge
12 June 1851
Physicist, Engineer

William Worrall MayoWilliam Worrall Mayo
31 May 1819
Chemist, Politician, Gynaecologist, Editor

William Henry PerkinWilliam Henry Perkin
12 March 1838
Osborne ReynoldsOsborne Reynolds
23 August 1842
Physicist, Civil engineer, Engineer

John Lubbock, 1st Baron AveburyJohn Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury
30 April 1834
Anthropologist, Politician, Archaeologist,
Alastair DennistonAlastair Denniston
01 December 1881
Field hockey player, Cryptographer, Mathematician

Alexander ParkesAlexander Parkes
29 December 1813
Inventor, Chemist, Engineer

William John Macquorn RankineWilliam John Macquorn Rankine
05 July 1820
Engineer, Physicist, Civil engineer, University

Williamina FlemingWilliamina Fleming
15 May 1857
John Couch AdamsJohn Couch Adams
05 June 1819
Mathematician, Astronomer, University teacher

Cyril BurtCyril Burt
03 March 1883
Psychologist, University teacher, Geneticist
James Joseph SylvesterJames Joseph Sylvester
03 September 1814
Mathematician, Actuary, University teacher

Arthur HolmesArthur Holmes
14 January 1890
Geophysicist, Geologist
Lewis Fry RichardsonLewis Fry Richardson
11 October 1881
Paramedic, Cartographer, Mathematician,

Edward Adrian WilsonEdward Adrian Wilson
23 July 1872
Explorer, Ornithologist, Painter, Scientist
Francis Ysidro EdgeworthFrancis Ysidro Edgeworth
08 February 1845
Economist, Statistician, Lawyer, Mathematician