Famous People From England
Chemists are scientists trained and specialized in the study of chemistry. Through their study, they investigate the chemical nature of substances, organic and inorganic, and examine their chemical properties including composition, structure and reactivity. Interestingly, the work of a chemist does not end in a school or college laboratory only. Chemicals are used in numerous industries, including medicines, pharmaceuticals and plastics; hence, the role of chemists is quite expansive. Every country today has a long list of chemists who actively contribute for the nation’s growth and advancement through their chemical researches. Britain is also one such country. It has been home to almost thirty Nobel laureates in chemistry alone. Each of them and many more have through their discoveries and findings developed better products and processes. Frederick Sanger, a British chemist, is the only chemist till date to have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry twice, in 1958 and 1980. When Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her determinations by X-ray techniques of the structures of important biochemical substances, she became the first female British chemist to be lauded with the honor. Till date she retains the title as the only British woman to win Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Check this section to find out more about the life and works of British chemists.
John KendrewJohn Kendrew

24 March 1917

Michael FaradayMichael Faraday

22 September 1791

Rosalind FranklinRosalind Franklin

25 July 1920

Robert BoyleRobert Boyle

25 January 1627

Joseph PriestleyJoseph Priestley

24 March 1733

Humphry DavyHumphry Davy

17 December 1778

Chaim WeizmannChaim Weizmann

27 November 1874

Henry CavendishHenry Cavendish

10 October 1731

Dorothy HodgkinDorothy Hodgkin

12 May 1910

Frederick SangerFrederick Sanger

13 August 1918

William RamsayWilliam Ramsay

02 October 1852

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Frederick SoddyFrederick Soddy

02 September 1877

Aaron KlugAaron Klug

11 August 1926

Francis William AstonFrancis William Aston

01 September 1877

Norman HaworthNorman Haworth

19 March 1883

John CornforthJohn Cornforth

07 September 1917

Derek Harold Richard BartonDerek Barton

08 September 1918

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Geoffrey Wilkinson Geoffrey Wilkinson

14 July 1921

John E. WalkerJohn E. Walker

07 January 1941

Archer John Porter MartinArcher Martin

01 March 1910

Arthur Harden Arthur Harden

12 October 1865

Robert Robinson Robert Robinson

13 September 1886

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Peter MitchellPeter Mitchell

22 September 1920

Sir Harold W. KrotoSir Harold W. Kroto

07 October 1939

John A PopleJohn A Pople

31 October 1925

Joseph SwanJoseph Swan

31 October 1828

John HerschelJohn Herschel

07 March 1792

James LovelockJames Lovelock

26 July 1919

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Martyn PoliakoffMartyn Poliakoff

16 December 1947

William Worrall MayoWilliam Worrall Mayo

31 May 1819

Elias CanettiElias Canetti

25 July 1905

William CrookesWilliam Crookes

17 June 1832

Tim HuntTim Hunt

19 February 1943

James DewarJames Dewar

20 September 1842

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Joseph BlackJoseph Black

16 April 1728

Alexander ParkesAlexander Parkes

29 December 1813

William Hyde WollastonWilliam Hyde Wollaston

06 August 1766

William CullenWilliam Cullen

15 April 1710

Peter D. MitchellPeter D. Mitchell

29 September 1920

Martin FleischmannMartin Fleischmann

29 March 1927

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Harry KrotoHarry Kroto

07 October 1939

Stephen HalesStephen Hales

17 September 1677

John PopleJohn Pople

31 October 1925

George PorterGeorge Porter

06 December 1920

Cyril Norman HinshelwoodCyril Norman Hinshelwood

19 June 1897

Michael SmithMichael Smith

26 April 1932

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Rodney Robert PorterRodney Robert Porter

08 October 1917

John James Richard MacleodJohn James Richard Macleod

06 September 1876

Walter HaworthWalter Haworth

19 March 1883