Imagine the world without the likes of Sir Isaac Newton, Alexander Graham Bell, Michael Faraday, Paul Dirac or James Maxwell! Insane, isn’t it? Though we do not have them all in person today, their discoveries have inventions have made them immortals so much so that their presence is perennially felt in their discoveries and inventions. Each of them and many other British physicists have greatly contributed to the world, through their intensive research of the physical phenomenon and natural science, involving the study of matter and related concepts. It is through their discoveries and invention that natural forces like gravity, electromagnetism and nuclear interaction have been best understood. The pioneering work of these great British physicists has been acting as a source of inspiration for budding new-generation scientists who, through their intensive study and research, have made a name for themselves, be it Roger Penrose and his contribution to general relativity and cosmology or Brian Edward Cox and his career in high-energy particle physics, David Bohm and his study of quantum theory, neuropsychology and the philosophy of the mind or Paul Davies and his findings in the field of cosmology, quantum field theory and astrobiology. Check out the life and works of some famous British physicists.
Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking

08 January 1942

Isaac NewtonIsaac Newton

04 January 1643

Michael FaradayMichael Faraday

22 September 1791

Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford

30 August 1871

Robert HookeRobert Hooke

28 July 1635

J J ThompsonJ. J. Thomson

18 December 1856

Paul DiracPaul Dirac

08 August 1902

Robert BoyleRobert Boyle

25 January 1627

James ChadwickJames Chadwick

20 October 1891

Henry CavendishHenry Cavendish

10 October 1731

James Prescott JouleJames Prescott Joule

24 December 1818

Henry MoseleyHenry Moseley

23 November 1887

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Arthur EddingtonArthur Eddington

28 December 1882

John TyndallJohn Tyndall

02 August 1820

Lord KelvinLord Kelvin

26 June 1824

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Brian JosephsonBrian Josephson

04 January 1940

John CockcroftJohn Cockcroft

27 May 1897

Antony HewishAntony Hewish

11 May 1924

Lor RayleighLord Rayleigh

12 November 1842

William GilbertWilliam Gilbert

24 May 1544

Francis William AstonFrancis William Aston

01 September 1877

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Patrick BlackettPatrick Blackett

18 November 1897

Allan McLeod Cormack Allan McLeod Cormack

23 February 1924

Nevill Francis Mott Nevill Francis Mott

30 September 1905

Edward Victor AppletonEdward Victor Appleton

06 September 1892

Martin RyleMartin Ryle

27 September 1918

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Cecil Frank Powell C. F. Powell

05 December 1903

Cyril DombCyril Domb

09 December 1920

James Clerk MaxwellJames Clerk Maxwell

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Freeman DysonFreeman Dyson

15 December 1923

Roger PenroseRoger Penrose

08 August 1931

Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram

29 August 1959

Jocelyn Bell BurnellJocelyn Bell Burnell

15 July 1943

Peter HiggsPeter Higgs

29 May 1929

Fred HoyleFred Hoyle

24 June 1915

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Joseph SwanJoseph Swan

31 October 1828

Charles K. KaoCharles K. Kao

04 November 1933

Oliver HeavisideOliver Heaviside

18 May 1850

David DeutschDavid Deutsch

1953 AD

Andre GeimAndre Geim

21 October 1958

Charles WheatstoneCharles Wheatstone

06 February 1802

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William CrookesWilliam Crookes

17 June 1832

William WhewellWilliam Whewell

24 May 1794

Konstantin NovoselovKonstantin Novoselov

23 August 1974

Joseph BlackJoseph Black

16 April 1728

John PolkinghorneJohn Polkinghorne

16 October 1930

David BrewsterDavid Brewster

11 December 1781

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Frederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount CherwellFrederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell

05 April 1886

David J. C. MacKayDavid J. C. MacKay

22 April 1967

James DewarJames Dewar

20 September 1842

John Ambrose FlemingJohn Ambrose Fleming

29 November 1849

Joseph RotblatJoseph Rotblat

04 November 1908

Dennis W. SciamaDennis W. Sciama

18 November 1926

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Denis PapinDenis Papin

22 August 1647

Osborne ReynoldsOsborne Reynolds

23 August 1842

George Biddell AiryGeorge Biddell Airy

27 July 1801

Rudolf PeierlsRudolf Peierls

05 June 1907

John Desmond BernalJohn Desmond Bernal

10 May 1901

Oliver LodgeOliver Lodge

12 June 1851

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William John Macquorn RankineWilliam John Macquorn Rankine

05 July 1820

Brian CoxBrian Cox

03 March 1968

Raymond GoslingRaymond Gosling

15 July 1926

William WhistonWilliam Whiston

09 December 1667

Peter MansfieldPeter Mansfield

09 October 1933

Lewis Fry RichardsonLewis Fry Richardson

11 October 1881

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Maurice WilkesMaurice Wilkes

26 June 1913

William Hyde WollastonWilliam Hyde Wollaston

06 August 1766

Stephen HalesStephen Hales

17 September 1677

Anthony James LeggettAnthony James Leggett

26 March 1938

Charles Galton DarwinCharles Galton Darwin

18 December 1887

William Lawrence BraggWilliam Lawrence Bragg

31 March 1890

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G. I. TaylorG. I. Taylor

07 March 1886

Bruno PontecorvoBruno Pontecorvo

22 August 1913

William SturgeonWilliam Sturgeon

22 May 1783