Famous British Physicians

Physicians or doctors from across the world have garnered much respect and admiration for the hard work that they do. Popularly known as the healers of the world, physicians are human magicians who with their deep understanding and knowledge bereft individual suffering and put an end to malignant diseases and sickness. Every country today has its own list of physicians who have mastered the art of curing. However, in this particular section, we shall be throwing limelight on British physicians. From child prodigy James Parkinson to founder of modern pathology James Paget, preventer of Rh haemolytic disease Sir Cyril Astley Clarke to first female British physician Elizabeth Blackwell, the list goes endless. The turn of 19th century saw the likes of Thomas Addison who discovered Addison’s disease and Addisonian anemia, Cicely Saunders who emphasized the importance of palliative care in modern medicine, and the like. 20th century Britain was no less as significant British physicians such as Oliver Sacks who authored numerous best-selling books recording case histories of people with neurological disorders, Magdi Yacoub who is known for his pioneering work in the field of heart surgery came under prominence. To know more on the life and works of famous British physicians, read on.

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 1 John Locke

John Locke
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Famous As: Father of Classical Liberalism
Birthdate: August 29, 1632
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: October 28, 1704
John Locke, also known as The Father of Liberalism, was a prominent Enlightenment Age philosopher. A qualified physician, Locke postulated the theory of mind, empiricism, and the idea of tabula rasa. His ideas influenced the social contract theory, the works of Kant and Rousseau, and the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

 2 Hasnat Khan

Hasnat Khan
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: April 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 3 Andrew Wakefield

Andrew Wakefield
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Nationality: British

Former physician Andrew Wakefield had his name removed from the medical register due to his association with a fraudulent 1998 study that claimed there was a link between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella. An anti-vaccination activist, he also taught at the Royal Free and University College.

 4 Edward Jenner

Edward Jenner
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Famous As: Physicians
Birthdate: May 17, 1749
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: January 26, 1823

Edward Jenner was an English scientist and physician. Referred to as the father of immunology, Jenner is credited with pioneering the concept of vaccines. Jenner's work laid the foundation for subsequent discoveries in the field of immunology; his work is believed to have saved more lives than any other work. In 2002, Jenner was included in BBC’s Greatest Britons list.

 5 John Snow

John Snow
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 15, 1813
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: June 16, 1858

 6 Roger Bannister

Roger Bannister
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Famous As: Former British Athlete Who Ran The First Sub-Four-Minute Mile
Birthdate: March 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
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 7 Simon Baron-Cohen

Simon Baron-Cohen
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher, Psychiatrist, Researcher
Birthdate: August 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
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 8 Harry Hill

Harry Hill
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Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: October 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 9 William Harvey

William Harvey
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: April 1, 1578
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: June 3, 1657

 10 Liam Fox

Liam Fox
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, Scottish

 11 James Barry

James Barry
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Famous As: military physician, Surgeon
Birthdate: November 9, 1795
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: July 25, 1865

 12 Joseph Lister

Joseph Lister
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Famous As: Surgeon and Scientist
Birthdate: April 5, 1827
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: February 10, 1912

 13 Christian Jessen

Christian Jessen
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 14 Thomas Young

Thomas Young
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: June 13, 1773
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: May 10, 1829

 15 Ronald Ross

Ronald Ross
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Famous As: Medical doctor
Birthdate: May 13, 1857
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: September 16, 1932

 16 John Bodkin Adams

John Bodkin Adams
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Famous As: Physician, Serial killer
Birthdate: January 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: July 4, 1983

 17 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
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Famous As: Mayor of Aldeburgh
Birthdate: June 9, 1836
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: December 17, 1917

 18 Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor
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Famous As: Physician, Translator, Theologian, Non-fiction writer, Missionary, Bible translator
Birthdate: May 21, 1832
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: June 3, 1905

 19 Robert Winston

Robert Winston
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Famous As: Surgeon, Scientist, TV Presenter
Birthdate: July 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 20 Havelock Ellis

Havelock Ellis
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: February 2, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: July 8, 1939

 21 Howard Walter Florey

Howard Walter Florey
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Famous As: Australian pharmacologist
Birthdate: September 24, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: February 21, 1968

 22 Hans Sloane

Hans Sloane
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: April 16, 1660
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: January 11, 1753

 23 Philippa Perry

Philippa Perry
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Famous As: Psychotherapist, Novelist
Birthdate: November 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 24 Thomas Neill Cream

Thomas Neill Cream
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 27, 1850
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: November 15, 1892

 25 Marty Makary

Marty Makary
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: British

 26 Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh
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Famous As: Neurosurgeon
Birthdate: March 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 27 Theodore Dalrymple

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

 28 Nicholas Barbon

Nicholas Barbon
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: 1640 AD
Nationality: British
Died: 1698 AD

 29 Michael Dillon

Michael Dillon
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: May 15, 1962

 30 Wilfred Bion

Wilfred Bion
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Famous As: Psychiatrist, Psychanalyst, Psychologist
Birthdate: September 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: November 8, 1979

 31 Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders
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Famous As: English nurse
Birthdate: June 22, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: July 14, 2005

 32 Henry Gray

Henry Gray
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Famous As: Anatomist and surgeon
Birthdate: 1827 AD
Nationality: British
Died: June 13, 1861

 33 Thomas Bowdler

Thomas Bowdler
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Famous As: Physician, Chess player
Birthdate: July 11, 1754
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: February 24, 1825

 34 Sid Watkins

Sid Watkins
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Famous As: Neurologist, Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Physician
Birthdate: September 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: September 12, 2012

 35 Tobias Smollett

Tobias Smollett
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 19, 1721
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: September 17, 1771

 36 William Palmer

William Palmer
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Famous As: physician, serial killer
Birthdate: August 6, 1824
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: June 14, 1856

 37 Kevin Fong

Kevin Fong
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Famous As: Consultant, Television presenter, Lecturer
Birthdate: May 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 38 John Langdon Down

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

 39 Robert Fludd

Robert Fludd
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: January 17, 1574
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: September 8, 1637

 40 William Worrall Mayo

William Worrall Mayo
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Famous As: Chemist, Politician, Gynaecologist, Editor
Birthdate: May 31, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British, American
Died: March 6, 1911

 41 James Parkinson

James Parkinson
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: April 11, 1755
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: December 21, 1824

 42 George Bass

George Bass
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Famous As: Explorer, Surgeon
Birthdate: January 30, 1771
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian, British
Died: April 22, 2017

 43 Alex Comfort

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

 44 Thomas Addison

Thomas Addison
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Famous As: Physician, scientist
Birthdate: April 2, 1793
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: June 29, 1860

 45 Thomas Sydenham

Thomas Sydenham
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: September 10, 1624
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: December 29, 1689

 46 Axel Munthe

Axel Munthe
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Famous As: Medical Doctor
Birthdate: October 31, 1857
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Swedish, British
Died: February 11, 1949

 47 Edward Adrian Wilson

Edward Adrian Wilson
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Famous As: Explorer, Ornithologist, Painter, Scientist
Birthdate: July 23, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: March 29, 1912

 48 Ludwig Guttmann

Ludwig Guttmann
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Famous As: Neurologist
Birthdate: July 3, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German, British
Died: March 18, 1980

 49 Charles Bell

Charles Bell
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: November 12, 1774
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: April 28, 1842

 50 William Farr

William Farr
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Famous As: Medical doctor
Birthdate: November 30, 1807
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: April 14, 1883