Great Britain is the birthplace of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday, Francis Crick, Chris Frith, Peter Higgs and other geniuses who have changed the world. British scientists have given the world the law of gravity, the first vaccine, the theory of evolution, penicillin and the understanding of the DNA structure. 

The British Council and PostNauka will tell you about the famous British researchers and their most important achievements within the framework of a special project.


The “British Scientists” special project is a timeline divided into six periods. The first block describes the genesis of science and education in Great Britain. The next one covers the period from XI to XIII centuries, when Oxford and Cambridge universities were founded. The third block is dedicated to the Scientific Revolution in XVII century, which is marked by Newton’s and Hooke’s inventions as well as by Hobbes’ and Bacon’s philosophical treatises. It is followed by the Industrial Revolution (XVIII century) and the golden age of British education during the Victorian era (XIX century).

The achievements of XX and XXI centuries, such as DNA and genetic research, development of antibiotics, exploration of stars and black holes, analysis of the human brain capacity and various projects in the field of high tech which attract many modern researchers, are studied in great detail.

The very easy-to-use chronological structure of the project will help you those yourself with key dates and events, and short video lectures of the top scientists from the University of Cambridge, University College London, King’s College London and Imperial College London will show their connection to the contemporary studies.