Famous British Biophysicists

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary branch of science that deals with the methods and approaches of physics to study the biological systems. Biophysicists are scientists involved in the study of biophysics. They engage themselves in studying the chemical and physical properties of living organism. Biophysicists study about the functions of the brain, heart and muscles in living creatures. They observe the effect of drugs on tissues and are involved in studying the evolutionary process of plants and animals, comprehending the nature of genetics and conducting tests to identify diseases like genetic disorders. Thanks to the biophysicists, we have antidotes or drugs to treat various lethal diseases including cancer. Biophysicists work on advanced molecular biology techniques like DNA sequencing, mutagenesis and cloning. Over the years, Britain has successfully produced several overtly talented and outstanding biophysicists whose awe-inspiring works have led to revolutionary breakthrough in the field of biophysics. Remember Nobel Prize laureate Archibald Vivian Hill? He was an English physiologist who is credited for discovering the production of heat in muscles, or even Francis Harry Crompton Crick who co-discovered the structure of the DNA molecule and was awarded the Nobel Prize for the same. Maurice Wilkins is credited for producing the first image of DNA fibers. Follow this segment and find out in details about the life and works of famous British biophysicists.

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 1 Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin.
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Notting Hill, London, England
Died: April 16, 1958
Chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin is remembered for her pathbreaking X-ray diffraction studies of DNA, which helped in the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the double helix structure of DNA by Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins later. She also worked on the molecular structures of viruses. 

 2 Francis Crick

Francis Crick.
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.

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 3 Maurice Wilkins

Maurice Wilkins.
Famous As: Biophysicist
Birthdate: December 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pongaroa, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Died: October 5, 2004

Born in New Zealand, to a doctor father from Dublin, Maurice grew up to be a Nobel Prize-winning biophysicist. His X-ray diffraction studies of DNA helped James D. Watson and Francis Crick, his fellow Nobel laureates, ascertain the DNA structure. He was also part of the Manhattan Project.

 4 Andrew Huxley

Andrew Huxley.
Famous As: Physiologist & Biophysicist
Birthdate: November 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: May 30, 2012

 5 Peter Mansfield

Peter Mansfield.
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 9, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England
Died: February 8, 2017
British physicist Peter Mansfield is remembered for his pathbreaking research on magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, along with chemist Paul Lauterbur, which won him and Lauterbur a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. After a childhood marred by World War II, Mansfield’s first job had been related to rocketry.

 6 Archibald Hill

Archibald Hill.
Famous As: Physiologist
Birthdate: September 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bristol
Died: June 3, 1977

 7 Sir Bernard Katz

Sir Bernard Katz.
Famous As: Biophysicist
Birthdate: March 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: April 20, 2003
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 8 Alan Lloyd Hodgkin

Alan Lloyd Hodgkin.
Famous As: Biophysicist & Physiologist
Birthdate: February 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Died: December 20, 1998