Famous British Psychiatrists

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 1 Simon Baron-Cohen

Simon Baron-Cohen
Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher, Psychiatrist, Researcher
Birthdate: August 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London

British clinical-psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen is noted for making significant contributions in fields like autism-neuroimaging, autism-genetics, and synaesthesia, and his services to autistic people, for which he was knighted in the 2021 New Year Honours. He formulated mind-blindness theory and fetal-sex-steroid theory of autism and presently serves as a professor at the University of Cambridge and director of the university's Autism Research Centre.

 2 Theodore Dalrymple

Theodore Dalrymple
Famous As: Journalist, Psychiatrist, Conspiracy theorist, Writer, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: October 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

Anthony Malcolm Daniels, better known by his pseudonym, Theodore Dalrymple, has worked as a physician in many African countries, such as Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The retired consultant psychiatrist and prison doctor is now known for his social and culture critiques in City Journal and other publications.

 3 Wilfred Bion

Wilfred Bion
Famous As: Former Psychoanalyst, who became president of the British Psychoanalytical Society from 1962 to 1965
Birthdate: September 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: India
Died: August 28, 1979

Born in British India, Wilfred Bion grew up to be a prominent psychoanalyst. He had fought during World War I. He is best remembered for his work on group dynamics and the object relations theory. He was also part of the Tavistock group of psychologists who founded the Tavistock Institute.

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 4 John Langdon Down

John Langdon Down
Famous As: Physician, Psychiatrist, Neurologist
Birthdate: November 18, 1828
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Torpoint
Died: October 7, 1896

British doctor John Langdon Down was pushed to assist at his father’s shop at 14. He gained an interest in medicine after apprenticing with a London surgeon. A pioneer in the treatment of mentally challenged patients, he is remembered for his study of what is now known as Down syndrome.

 5 Alex Comfort

Alex Comfort
Famous As: Physician, Writer, University teacher, Psychiatrist
Birthdate: February 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
Died: March 26, 2000

Best known for his world-renowned bestselling sex manual The Joy of Sex and its equally successful follow-up books, British physician Alex Comfort had earned the nickname “Dr. Sex.” He had also written extensively on aging. He had apparently lost his left hand, except his thumb, in a gunpowder experiment.

 6 Axel Munthe

Axel Munthe
Famous As: Medical Doctor
Birthdate: October 31, 1857
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oskarshamn, Sweden
Died: February 11, 1949

 7 W. H. R. Rivers

W. H. R. Rivers
Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: March 12, 1864
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chatham, Kent, England
Died: June 4, 1922

English anthropologist and psychologist W. H. R. Rivers is best remembered for his work on the Todas of the Nilgiri Hills. A qualified physician, he also taught at Cambridge and worked extensively on medical psychology. One of his best-known works is Kinship and Social Organisation.

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 8 William Cullen

William Cullen
Famous As: Physician, Chemist, Farmer, Academic, University teacher, Writer, Psychiatrist
Birthdate: April 15, 1710
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamilton
Died: February 5, 1790

Apart from being a prominent Scottish physician, William Cullen was also a main pillar of the Scottish Enlightenment. Not only did he treat luminaries such as philosopher David Hume, but he also treated the poor free of cost. A University of Edinburgh professor of medicine, he was also a Royal Society Fellow.

 9 Humphry Osmond

Humphry Osmond
Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 1, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Surrey, England
Died: February 6, 2004

 10 Anthony Storr

Anthony Storr
Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: May 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: LONDON
Died: March 17, 2001

 11 Leyla Hussein

Leyla Hussein
Famous As: Psychotherapist
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Somalia

 12 Michael Scott Montague Fordham

Michael Scott Montague Fordham
Famous As: Psychoanalyst
Birthdate: August 4, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kensington, England
Died: April 14, 1995