British scientists that changed the world

Posted on: 19 January 2010 by Mark O'haire

To celebrate the film biopic of Charles Darwin’s life, Creation, we take a look at some of the British scientists who changed the world we live in forever.

The film biopic of Charles Darwin’s life, Creation, stars Paul Bettany as the man who proved one of the most revolutionary theories known to humanity. To celebrate the release of this beautiful film on DVD and Blu-ray , we took a look at some of the British scientists who changed the world we live in forever.

Sir Isaac Newton

The famous physician, mathematician and theologist is considered as one of the most influential scientists in History. His discovery of the laws of gravity and the three laws of motion are still relevant to all human life and science today, and he also built the world’s first practical reflecting telescope.

Steven Hawking

World famous physicist Stephen Hawking gave us a greater insight into things that lie beyond our planet. His theories on general relativity and black holes were groundbreaking, and his book A Brief History of Time has sold over 9 million copies and was on the Sunday Times Best Seller List for nearly five years.

Edward Jenner

Gloucestershire born Edward Jenner has saved more lives than any other man in history, and continues to save lives nearly 200 years after his death. Jenner’s discovery of a vaccination for smallpox (which at the time was killing 20% of Britain population) paved the way for modern immunisations, leading to the eradication of some of the world’s most fatal diseases.

Charles Babbage

The name Charles Babbage is not instantly recognisable, but his invention changed the world we live in forever. Babbage created a mechanical machine which could calculate mathematical sums mechanically, therefore eradicating the chance of human error. These basic machines were the foundation for the modern computer, with similar architecture and a programmable memory which lead to the invention of the microchip.

Charles Darwin

Darwin’s book ‘On the Origin of Species’ proved the theory of the evolution and natural selection for all living things on Earth. It was the first time an alternative theory to that of the story of Adam and Eve had been widely acknowledged, and the book was sold out before it was even published.

Michael Faraday

Faraday’s studies on electromagnetism and chemistry lead him to invent electromagnetic rotary devices, and it was due to his efforts that electricity was able to be harnessed to be used in technology. He also studied electrons, and was admired highly by Albert Einstein, who had a picture of him on his study wall!

Alexander Fleming

This Scottish biologist followed on from Edward Jenner’s work on immunisation and accidentally discovered the world’s first antibiotic, Penicillin. Althought he had a brilliant mind, Fleming was terribly messy, and a fungus grew on one of his samples he left in his laboratory whilst on holiday. When he returned, his discovered the mould was in fact an antibiotic. His discovery has helped to cure numerous diseases and save millions of lives around the world.

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