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
Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist
Isaac NewtonIsaac Newton
04 January 1643

Michael FaradayMichael Faraday
22 September 1791
Physicist & Chemist

Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford
30 August 1871
Physicist, Chemist

Paul DiracPaul Dirac
08 August 1902

Robert HookeRobert Hooke
28 July 1635
J J ThompsonJ. J. Thomson
18 December 1856
Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner

Robert BoyleRobert Boyle
25 January 1627
Founder of Modern Chemistry, Boyle's Law

Henry CavendishHenry Cavendish
10 October 1731
James ChadwickJames Chadwick
20 October 1891
Discoverer of Neutron

Arthur EddingtonArthur Eddington
28 December 1882
Charles K. KaoCharles K. Kao
04 November 1933
Electrical Engineer

Henry MoseleyHenry Moseley
23 November 1887

James Prescott JouleJames Prescott Joule
24 December 1818

John TyndallJohn Tyndall
02 August 1820

Sir George Stokes, 1st BaronetSir George Stokes, 1st Baronet
13 August 1819
William Henry BraggWilliam Henry Bragg
02 July 1862
Nobel Prize Winner in Physics

George Paget ThomsonGeorge Paget Thomson
03 May 1892

John CockcroftJohn Cockcroft
27 May 1897

Lord KelvinLord Kelvin
26 June 1824
Mathematician, Physicist
Brian JosephsonBrian Josephson
04 January 1940

Patrick BlackettPatrick Blackett
18 November 1897
Lor RayleighLord Rayleigh
12 November 1842
Discoverer of Argon

Francis William AstonFrancis William Aston
01 September 1877
Chemist & Physicist

Antony HewishAntony Hewish
11 May 1924
Radio Astronomer
Charles Thomson Rees WilsonCharles Thomson Rees Wilson
14 February 1869

Edward Victor AppletonEdward Victor Appleton
06 September 1892
Nevill Francis Mott Nevill Francis Mott
30 September 1905

Allan McLeod Cormack Allan McLeod Cormack
23 February 1924

 Owen Willans RichardsonOwen Willans Richardson
26 April 1879
Martin RyleMartin Ryle
27 September 1918

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Charles Glover BarklaCharles Glover Barkla
07 June 1877
Cecil Frank Powell C. F. Powell
05 December 1903

Sir William Lawrence BraggSir William Lawrence Bragg
31 March 1890
Nobel Laureate in Physics

William GilbertWilliam Gilbert
24 May 1544
Astronomer, Physicist and Physician

Cyril DombCyril Domb
09 December 1920
Theoretical Physicist
James Clerk MaxwellJames Clerk Maxwell
13 June 1831
Freeman DysonFreeman Dyson
15 December 1923
Mathematician, Theoretical physicist, Nuclear

Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
29 August 1959
Mathematician, Physicist, Computer scientist,

Peter HiggsPeter Higgs
29 May 1929

Jocelyn Bell BurnellJocelyn Bell Burnell
15 July 1943
Astronomer, Astrophysicist
Fred HoyleFred Hoyle
24 June 1915

Joseph SwanJoseph Swan
31 October 1828
Chemist, Physicist, Inventor

Oliver HeavisideOliver Heaviside
18 May 1850
Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Telegraphy

David DeutschDavid Deutsch
18 May 1953

Robert Watson-WattRobert Watson-Watt
13 April 1892
Frederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount CherwellFrederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell
05 April 1886
Physicist, Politician, University teacher

Andre GeimAndre Geim
21 October 1958
John PolkinghorneJohn Polkinghorne
16 October 1930
Physicist, Theoretical physicist

William CrookesWilliam Crookes
17 June 1832

Konstantin NovoselovKonstantin Novoselov
23 August 1974
William WhewellWilliam Whewell
24 May 1794
Economist, Physicist, Historian, Philosopher,

Joseph BlackJoseph Black
16 April 1728
Chemist, Physicist, Scientist, University teacher
Oliver LodgeOliver Lodge
12 June 1851

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,

Dennis W. SciamaDennis W. Sciama
18 November 1926
Physicist, Astrophysicist

George Biddell AiryGeorge Biddell Airy
27 July 1801

John Ambrose FlemingJohn Ambrose Fleming
29 November 1849
David J. C. MacKayDavid J. C. MacKay
22 April 1967
Physicist, Computer scientist, Professor

Rudolf PeierlsRudolf Peierls
05 June 1907

Denis PapinDenis Papin
22 August 1647
French physicist

James DewarJames Dewar
20 September 1842
James JeansJames Jeans
11 September 1877

William John Macquorn RankineWilliam John Macquorn Rankine
05 July 1820
Engineer, Physicist, Civil engineer, University
Lewis Fry RichardsonLewis Fry Richardson
11 October 1881
Paramedic, Cartographer, Mathematician,

C. H. DouglasC. H. Douglas
20 January 1879

Hertha AyrtonHertha Ayrton
28 April 1854
Maurice WilkesMaurice Wilkes
26 June 1913
Computer scientist, Engineer, Physicist,

Osborne ReynoldsOsborne Reynolds
23 August 1842
Physicist, Civil engineer, Engineer
William WhistonWilliam Whiston
09 December 1667
Mathematician, Physicist, Historian, University

Duncan HaldaneDuncan Haldane
14 September 1951

Peter MansfieldPeter Mansfield
09 October 1933
Raymond GoslingRaymond Gosling
15 July 1926
Physicist, Scientist, university teacher

Brian CoxBrian Cox
03 March 1968
William Penney, Baron PenneyWilliam Penney, Baron Penney
24 June 1909

William Hyde WollastonWilliam Hyde Wollaston
06 August 1766
Chemist, Physicist, Engineer, Metallurgist

Anthony James LeggettAnthony James Leggett
26 March 1938
Physics Researcher

Bruno PontecorvoBruno Pontecorvo
22 August 1913
Physicist, Nuclear scientist
G. I. TaylorG. I. Taylor
07 March 1886
Physicist, Engineer, Mathematician, Meteorologist
Charles Galton DarwinCharles Galton Darwin
18 December 1887
Physicist, University teacher

Bernard LovellBernard Lovell
31 August 1913

Alan Nunn MayAlan Nunn May
02 May 1911

Stephen HalesStephen Hales
17 September 1677
Botanist, Physicist, Chemist
Francis HauksbeeFrancis Hauksbee
1660 AD

John Desmond BernalJohn Desmond Bernal
10 May 1901
Physicist, Philosopher, Inventor, University

J. Michael KosterlitzJ. Michael Kosterlitz
22 June 1943

William SturgeonWilliam Sturgeon
22 May 1783
Physicist, Inventor

George Johnstone StoneyGeorge Johnstone Stoney
15 February 1826
Horace LambHorace Lamb
27 November 1849

Douglas HartreeDouglas Hartree
27 March 1897
Thomas BradwardineThomas Bradwardine
1300 AD

Tom KibbleTom Kibble
23 December 1932
John Henry PoyntingJohn Henry Poynting
09 September 1852
Physicist, University teacher
John Frederic DaniellJohn Frederic Daniell
12 March 1790