The contribution of mathematicians towards the evolution of the modern world is immense. Over the years, the world has seen innumerable mathematicians who with their theories and formula have brought about great scientific advancements which in turn have shaped the society as whole. Mathematicians belonging to Great Britain too have not left any stone unturned in paving the way for significant development in the field of mathematics. Apart from algorithm and calculus, British mathematicians have also offered great contribution to new age subjects like cryptography and computer programming thus pioneering a new era of scientific research and development. Some of the most prominent British names in this field are Frank Adcock, William Ernest Jonson, Ernst Fetterlein, William Jones and Keith Batey. Jones was responsible for coining the famous symbol ‘pi’, which is being widely used in mathematical calculations today. The works of these eminent personalities have also been a great source of inspiration for many modern-day mathematicians. The numerous books penned by these mathematicians from Britain serve as the basis for many modern day scientific endeavors. Explore this section to find biographies of some of the most famous mathematicians from Britain. Learn everything about their life stories, timelines and few interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.
Alan TuringAlan Turing
23 June 1912
Mathematician
Ada LovelaceAda Lovelace
10 December 1815
Countess of Lovelace

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
18 May 1872
Philosopher

Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll
27 January 1832
Author, Mathematician and Photographer

Charles BabbageCharles Babbage
26 December 1791
Father of the computer

Paul DiracPaul Dirac
08 August 1902
Physicist
Roger PenroseRoger Penrose
08 August 1931
Mathematician

John DeeJohn Dee
13 July 1527
Mathematician, Philosopher

George BooleGeorge Boole
02 November 1815
Mathematician, Philosopher and Logician
G. H. HardyG. H. Hardy
07 February 1877
Mathematician

Alfred North WhiteheadAlfred North Whitehead
15 February 1861
Mathematician, Philosopher
Edmond HalleyEdmond Halley
08 November 1656
Astronomer

Arthur EddingtonArthur Eddington
28 December 1882
Astronomer

Ronald RossRonald Ross
13 May 1857
Medical doctor

Michael AtiyahMichael Atiyah
22 April 1929
Mathematician

John VennJohn Venn
04 August 1834
Mathematician
Sir George Stokes, 1st BaronetSir George Stokes, 1st Baronet
13 August 1819
Mathematician

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

Arthur CayleyArthur Cayley
16 August 1821
Mathematician

Lord KelvinLord Kelvin
26 June 1824
Mathematician, Physicist
Edward Arthur MilneEdward Arthur Milne
14 February 1896
Astrophysicist

William HopkinsWilliam Hopkins
02 February 1793
Mathematician, Geologist
James Clerk MaxwellJames Clerk Maxwell
13 June 1831
Scientist

Freeman DysonFreeman Dyson
15 December 1923
Mathematician, Theoretical physicist, Nuclear

John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
26 December 1937
Mathematician
Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
29 August 1959
Mathematician, Physicist, Computer scientist,

Andrew WilesAndrew Wiles
11 April 1953
Mathematician, University teacher
Augustus De MorganAugustus De Morgan
27 June 1806
British mathematician

John LennoxJohn Lennox
07 November 1943
mathematician, philosopher of science, university

Oliver HeavisideOliver Heaviside
18 May 1850
Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Telegraphy
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
27 March 1857
Mathematician, Historian of mathematics,

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Mary SomervilleMary Somerville
26 December 1780
Mathematician, Linguist, Translator, Astronomer,
Thomas BayesThomas Bayes
1702 AD
Mathematician, Statistician

John HerschelJohn Herschel
07 March 1792
Polymath

Marcus du SautoyMarcus du Sautoy
26 August 1965
Mathematician, Academic, University teacher,

John Edensor LittlewoodJohn Edensor Littlewood
09 June 1885
Mathematician, University teacher
Jacob BronowskiJacob Bronowski
18 January 1908
Mathematician, Poet, Non-fiction writer
Timothy GowersTimothy Gowers
20 November 1963
Mathematician, University teacher

Thomas HarriotThomas Harriot
1560 AD
Mathematician, explorer, astronomer

Peter HiltonPeter Hilton
07 April 1923
mathematician, topologist, university teacher

Robert FluddRobert Fludd
17 January 1574
Physician
William WhewellWilliam Whewell
24 May 1794
Economist, Physicist, Historian, Philosopher,

John WallisJohn Wallis
23 November 1616
mathematician, philosopher, musicologist,

Brook TaylorBrook Taylor
18 August 1685
Mathematician

Alastair DennistonAlastair Denniston
01 December 1881
Field hockey player, Cryptographer, Mathematician

John Maynard SmithJohn Maynard Smith
06 February 1920
Mathematician
William PlayfairWilliam Playfair
22 September 1759
Economist, Mathematician, Engineer, Statistician

I. J. GoodI. J. Good
09 December 1916
Mathematician, Cryptographer, Computer scientist,
Richard PriceRichard Price
23 February 1723
Philosopher

Colin MaclaurinColin Maclaurin
01 February 1698
Edinburgh

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,
W. T. TutteW. T. Tutte
14 May 1917
Mathematician

Richard BorcherdsRichard Borcherds
29 November 1959
Mathematician
Frank P. RamseyFrank P. Ramsey
22 February 1903
Mathematician, Philosopher, Economist

Ruth LawrenceRuth Lawrence
02 August 1971
Mathematician, Topologist, University teacher

Simon DonaldsonSimon Donaldson
20 August 1957
Mathematician

William Kingdon CliffordWilliam Kingdon Clifford
04 May 1845
Mathematician

Isaac BarrowIsaac Barrow
30 September 1630
Mathematician
William PettyWilliam Petty
26 May 1623
Economist

George Biddell AiryGeorge Biddell Airy
27 July 1801
Mathematician

George DarwinGeorge Darwin
09 July 1845
Barrister

James JeansJames Jeans
11 September 1877
Physicist
Lewis Fry RichardsonLewis Fry Richardson
11 October 1881
Paramedic, Cartographer, Mathematician,

James Joseph SylvesterJames Joseph Sylvester
03 September 1814
Mathematician, Actuary, University teacher
Hertha AyrtonHertha Ayrton
28 April 1854
Engineer

Maurice WilkesMaurice Wilkes
26 June 1913
Computer scientist, Engineer, Physicist,

William WhistonWilliam Whiston
09 December 1667
Mathematician, Physicist, Historian, University
Andrew HodgesAndrew Hodges
1949 AD
mathematician, physicist, historian of

Harold Scott MacDonald CoxeterHarold Scott MacDonald Coxeter
09 February 1907
Mathematician
Francis Ysidro EdgeworthFrancis Ysidro Edgeworth
08 February 1845
Economist, Statistician, Lawyer, Mathematician

William Penney, Baron PenneyWilliam Penney, Baron Penney
24 June 1909
Mathematician

Thomas ChalmersThomas Chalmers
17 March 1780
Mathematician, Theologian, Writer, University
William OughtredWilliam Oughtred
05 March 1575
mathematician, inventor, minister

John ArbuthnotJohn Arbuthnot
29 April 1667
Physician
Dugald StewartDugald Stewart
22 November 1753
Philosopher

G. I. TaylorG. I. Taylor
07 March 1886
Physicist, Engineer, Mathematician, Meteorologist

Charles Howard HintonCharles Howard Hinton
1853 AD
Mathematician, writer, science fiction writer

John Couch AdamsJohn Couch Adams
05 June 1819
Mathematician, Astronomer, University teacher
E. T. WhittakerE. T. Whittaker
24 October 1873
Mathematician
Keith DevlinKeith Devlin
16 March 1947
Mathematician, University teacher, Journalist

Eric Temple BellEric Temple Bell
07 February 1883
Mathematician, Historian of mathematics, Novelist,

Clifford CocksClifford Cocks
28 December 1950
Cryptographer, Mathematician

Edmund GunterEdmund Gunter
1581 AD
Mathematician
Hermann BondiHermann Bondi
01 November 1919
Mathematician

Harold JeffreysHarold Jeffreys
22 April 1891
Mathematical statistician

Mary Everest BooleMary Everest Boole
1832 AD
mathematician, philosopher

Klaus RothKlaus Roth
29 October 1925
Mathematician

Thomas DiggesThomas Digges
1546 AD
Mathematician
John PlayfairJohn Playfair
10 March 1748
Mathematician

Udny YuleUdny Yule
 
Tom KilburnTom Kilburn
11 August 1921
Computer scientist

Horace LambHorace Lamb
27 November 1849
Mathematician
Alexander John EllisAlexander John Ellis
14 June 1814
Linguist, Musicologist, Music theorist,
Douglas HartreeDouglas Hartree
27 March 1897
Mathematician