Famous Irish Physicists

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 1 Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle.
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Famous As: Founder of Modern Chemistry, Boyle's Law
Birthdate: January 25, 1627
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: December 30, 1691

Robert Boyle was an Anglo-Irish chemist, natural philosopher, inventor, and physicist. Regarded as the first modern chemist, Boyle is often counted among the founders of modern chemistry. One of the pioneers of the scientific method, Robert Boyle is also remembered for his books, including The Sceptical Chymist, which is viewed as a keystone book in chemistry.

 2 Sir William Rowan Hamilton

Sir William Rowan Hamilton.
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Famous As: Physicist, Astronomer and Mathematician
Birthdate: August 4, 1805
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Died: September 2, 1865

Son of a Dublin solicitor, Sir William Rowan Hamilton was raised and educated by his priest uncle from age 3. Initially a master of languages such as Latin, Greek, and Persian, Hamilton began deviating to math at 16. He is remembered for his contribution to optics, Hamiltonian mechanics, and algebra.

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 3 John Tyndall

John Tyndall.
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 2, 1820
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland
Died: December 4, 1893

Born into a poor Protestant family, Irish physicist John Tyndall was a self-made man who funded his own doctoral education. His contributions include his research on the greenhouse effect and the discovery of the Tyndall effect. Not known to many, he was also an avid mountaineer and glaciologist.

 4 Ernest Walton

Ernest Walton.
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dungarvan
Died: June 25, 1995

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ernest Walton was the first person to split the atom. He boasted of a PhD from Cambridge and, with Sir John Douglas Cockcroft, developed the world’s first nuclear particle accelerator, or the Cockcroft-Walton generator, with which they conducted the first artificial nuclear reaction without radioactive substances.

 5 Joseph Larmor

Joseph Larmor.
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: July 11, 1857
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: County Antrim, Ireland
Died: May 19, 1942

 6 John Joly

John Joly
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 1, 1857
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Holywood, Ireland
Died: December 8, 1933

 7 Edward Sabine

Edward Sabine
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: October 14, 1788
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: June 26, 1883
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 8 Robert Mallet

Robert Mallet
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Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: June 3, 1810
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 5, 1881

 9 John Sealy Townsend

John Sealy Townsend
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: June 7, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Galway, Ireland
Died: February 16, 1957

 10 George Francis FitzGerald

George Francis FitzGerald
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Famous As: Physicist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 3, 1851
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin
Died: February 22, 1901