Famous British Biologists

Biologists are scientists who specialize in the study of biology. They generally research on living organism, investigating their functioning and life mechanism. However, their work isn’t limited to that alone. Biologists are responsible for helping us best understand nature and our living standard by exploring the beginning and progression of life. They devise theories, develop vaccines, publish reports of their findings and provide solutions to environmental problems. With the expansion of the field of biology, the study of a biologist is not limited to micro-organism or multi-cellular ones. They research on fields like botany, zoology, microbiology, genetics and evolution biology. British biologists have largely contributed in the field of biology with their findings and research. They have discovered some of the nature’s most hidden secrets through their investigations. Norman Heatley is one of the scientists responsible for developing penicillin. Dave Goulson, a noted British biologist, specializes in the ecology and conservation of bumblebees. Sidney J Holt is one of the most renowned names in fisheries science for he is founder of the genre. His book ‘On the Dynamics of Exploited Fish Populations’ is a cornerstone of modern fisheries science and is studied till date. Check out this segment and find out more about the insurmountable contribution in biology made by ingenious British biologists, their life and their works.

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 1 Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin.
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Mount House, Shrewsbury, England
Died: April 19, 1882

Widely regarded as one of the most influential personalities in the history of mankind, Charles Darwin was an English biologist, naturalist, and geologist. He is credited with publishing the Theory of Evolution, which explains the evolution of life from a unicellular organism to human beings. A prolific writer, Charles Darwin also wrote important books on plants and barnacles.

 2 Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins .
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Famous As: Evolutionary Biologist
Birthdate: March 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

Richard Dawkins is a British ethologist, author, and evolutionary biologist. He first achieved popularity after publishing his book, The Selfish Gene, which is credited with popularizing the gene selection theory. The book is also credited with introducing the term meme. In 2006, he established the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science to promote secularism and scientific literacy.

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 3 Alexander Fleming

Alexander Fleming.
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Famous As: Biologist, Pharmacologist, Discovered Penicillin
Birthdate: August 6, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lochfield, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: March 11, 1955

Alexander Fleming was a Scottish microbiologist and physician. He is credited with discovering penicillin, the world's first effective antibiotic substance; a discovery that changed the course of history. He also discovered lysozyme, an antimicrobial enzyme which forms part of the innate immune system. In 1999, Fleming was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Important People of the 20th century list.

 4 Robert Hooke

Robert Hooke.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 28, 1635
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Died: March 3, 1703

Scientist Robert Hooke, also called England's Leonardo, initially gained recognition as an architect, conducting surveys following the Great Fire of London. He also taught geometry and was part of the Royal Society. He assisted Robert Boyle and eventually developed his own microscope, thus becoming the first to visualize micro-organisms.

 5 Francis Crick

Francis Crick.
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Famous As: Co-discoverer of the Structure of the DNA Molecule, Nobel Prize Winner
Birthdate: June 8, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Weston Favell, Northamptonshire, England
Died: July 28, 2004

Nobel Prize-winning British biophysicist Francis Crick is best known for his ground-breaking work to determine the structure of the DNA, along with James Watson, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin. He taught at various institutes, such as the Salk Institute, and was also awarded the Order of Merit.

 6 Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace.
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Famous As: Naturalist, Explorer, Geographer, Anthropologist and Biologist
Birthdate: January 8, 1823
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Llanbadoc
Died: November 7, 1913

 7 Jeremy Wade

Jeremy Wade
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Famous As: Biologist, Television presenter, Writer
Birthdate: March 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Suffolk
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 8 J.B.S. Haldane

J.B.S. Haldane.
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: November 5, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom
Died: December 1, 1964

 9 Thomas Henry Huxley

Thomas Henry Huxley.
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: May 4, 1825
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ealing, Middlesex
Died: June 29, 1895

 10 Aubrey de Grey

Aubrey de Grey
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: April 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

 11 James Lovelock

James Lovelock
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Famous As: Biologist, Chemist, University teacher, Mythographer
Birthdate: July 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Letchworth

Renowned James Lovelock is best known for propagating the Gaia hypothesis, which states that every living being on planet Earth is part of a single self-regulating superorganism. He is also known for his long association with NIMR, London, and Harvard University and has over 50 patents under his name.

 12 John Maynard Smith

John Maynard Smith
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 6, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 19, 2004

 13 Julian Huxley

Julian Huxley
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: June 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 14, 1975

 14 Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild

Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild
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Famous As: Biologist, Banker, Politician, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Entomologist, Lepidopterist
Birthdate: February 8, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England
Died: August 27, 1937

 15 Erasmus Darwin

Erasmus Darwin
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: December 12, 1731
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Elston, Newark-on-Trent,
Died: April 18, 1802

 16 Richard Owen

Richard Owen
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: July 20, 1804
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lancaster, England
Died: December 18, 1892

 17 Anne McLaren

Anne McLaren
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: April 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 7, 2007

 18 Paul Nurse

Paul Nurse
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: January 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wembley

 19 Alister Hardy

Alister Hardy
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Famous As: Biologist, Marine biologist
Birthdate: February 10, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nottingham
Died: May 22, 1985

 20 Peter Medawar

Peter Brian Medwar .
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: February 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: October 2, 1987

 21 John Edward Gray

John Edward Gray
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Famous As: Author, zoologist
Birthdate: February 12, 1800
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Walsall
Died: March 7, 1875

 22 John Gurdon

John Gurdon
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: October 2, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dippenhall, England

 23 Ian Wilmut

Ian Wilmut
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: July 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hampton Lucy, England

 24 William Bateson

William Bateson
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: August 8, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Robin Hood's Bay
Died: February 8, 1926

 25 John Needham

John Needham
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: September 10, 1713
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 30, 1781

 26 Susan Greenfield, Baroness Greenfield

Susan Greenfield, Baroness Greenfield
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Famous As: Politician, Biologist
Birthdate: October 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith

 27 John Sulston

John Sulston
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: March 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Died: March 6, 2018

 28 Oliver Smithies

Oliver Smithies
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: June 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halifax
Died: January 10, 2017

 29 Charles Galton Darwin

Charles Galton Darwin
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Famous As: Physicist, University teacher
Birthdate: December 18, 1887
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shrewsbury
Died: December 31, 1962

Charles Galton Darwin was an English physicist. Born into a prominent family of intellectuals, he was the son of mathematician George Howard Darwin and a grandson of biologist Charles Darwin. He studied mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, and began an academic career. He, later on, served as the director of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). He loved to travel. 

 30 Martin Evans

Martin Evans
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: January 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stroud, England

 31 C.H. Waddington

C.H. Waddington
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Famous As: Developmental Biologist
Birthdate: November 8, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Evesham, England
Died: September 26, 1975

 32 Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan.
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Famous As: Structural biologist
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Chidambaram,Tamilnadu India

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is a British-American structural biologist whose research on the function of the ribosome earned him the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry which he shared with Ada Yonath and Thomas A. Steitz. From 2015 to 2020, he served as the president of the Royal Society.

 33 G. Evelyn Hutchinson

G. Evelyn Hutchinson
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Famous As: Ecologist
Birthdate: January 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Died: May 17, 1991

 34 Robert Bakewell

Robert Bakewell
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Famous As: Agriculturalist
Birthdate: May 23, 1725
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dishley, England
Died: October 1, 1795

 35 Keith Campbell

Keith Campbell
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: May 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: October 5, 2012

 36 John Lindley

John Lindley
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: February 5, 1799
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Old Catton, England
Died: November 1, 1865

 37 Ray Lankester

Ray Lankester
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Famous As: Zoologists
Birthdate: May 15, 1847
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 13, 1929

 38 John Boyd Orr

John Boyd Orr
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: September 23, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kilmaurs, Scotland
Died: June 25, 1971

 39 Norman Heatley

Norman Heatley
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: January 10, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Woodbridge, England
Died: January 5, 2004

 40 David Lack

David Lack
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: July 16, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 12, 1973

 41 Karl Shuker

Karl Shuker
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Famous As: Cryptozoologist, Zoologist, Author
Birthdate: September 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Midlands

 42 St. George Jackson Mivart

St. George Jackson Mivart
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: November 30, 1827
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 1, 1900

 43 Hugh Esmor Huxley

Hugh Esmor Huxley
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: February 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Birkenhead, England
Died: July 25, 2013

 44 E. B. Ford

E. B. Ford
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Famous As: Ecological Geneticist
Birthdate: April 23, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dalton-in-Furness, England
Died: January 2, 1988

 45 Hans Kosterlitz

Hans Kosterlitz
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: April 27, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: October 26, 1996

 46 John Graham Kerr

John Graham Kerr
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 18, 1869
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arkley, England
Died: April 21, 1957

 47 V. C. Wynne-Edwards

V. C. Wynne-Edwards
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Famous As: British zoologist
Birthdate: July 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: January 5, 1997

 48 Alexander Carr-Saunders

Alexander Carr-Saunders
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Famous As: British educator
Birthdate: January 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reigate, Surrey, England
Died: October 6, 1966

 49 C. D. Darlington

C. D. Darlington
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: December 19, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chorley, England
Died: March 26, 1981

 50 Marta Tufet

Marta Tufet
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom