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Vote for your favourite Manchester scientist

Cast your vote below for your favourite Manchester scientist, choosing from five scientists with links to items in our collections. We'll reveal the winner on Monday, 2 November on our Twitter and Facebook pages. 

You can also join us at The John Rylands Library on Friday, 30 October for the Your Manchester Scientist event where you'll discover highlights from our scientific collections and learn more about the stories behind them. 

John Dalton FRS (6 September 1766 - 27 July 1844)

John_Dalton150x150.jpg‌Known for his work in chemistry and physics, he discovered colour-blindness and how atoms join together.

The Dalton Nuclear Institute and John Dalton Street in Manchester are both named in his honour.


James Prescott Joule FRS (24 December 1818 - 11 October 1889)

Joule_150x150.jpg‌English physicist and brewer, born in Salford, Lancashire. Ever counted your calories? Joule studied heat and energy use – the joule and kilojoule (kJ) units are named in his honour.



Sir Bernard Lovell, OBE, FRS (31 August 1913 - 6 August 2012)

Sir_bernard_lovell_150x150.jpg‌Into astronomy? Lovell helped build the first radio-telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory (part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester).



Alan Turing, OBE, FRS (23 June 1912 - 7 June 1954)

Turing_150x150.jpg‌Famous mathematician and cryptographer who helped break the Enigma code in WW2 and developed modern digital computers.

Moved to Manchester University in 1948 to continue his pioneering work in computing and artificial intelligence.


Sir Joseph Whitworth, 1st Baronet (21 December 1803 - 22 January 1887)

Joseph_whitworth150x150.jpgA weapon and artillery engineer, he donated much of his fortune to create the Whitworth Art Gallery. Many other Manchester streets and buildings are named in his honour.

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