Famous People Connected to Yorkshire
Image right - Amy Johnson
Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown!
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- Herbert Henry Asquith (1852–1928) born in Morley; Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1908-16
- James Henry Atkinson (1849–1942) in Leeds; inventor of the mousetrap
- Edward Victor Appleton (1892–19650 Nobel Prize in Physics in 1947
- Sir Donald Bailey (1901–1985) inventor of the Bailey Bridge
- William Bateson (1861–1926) geneticist; first to use term genetics
- George Birkbeck (1776–1841)doctor, philanthropist, founder of Birkbeck College
- William Bradford (1589–1657) born in Austerfield; Plymouth governor, pilgrim father
- Joseph Bramah (1748–1814) invented hydraulic press; one of two founders of hydraulic engineering
- Harry Brearley (1871–1948) Sheffield inventor of stainless steel
- Henry Briggs (mathematician) (1561–1630) perfected system of logarithms used today by astronomers, navigators etc.
- Anne Brontë (1820-1849) born Thornton; writer, author of "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall"
- Branwell Brontë (1817-1848) born Thornton; writer and artist
- Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) born Thornton; writer, author of "Jane Eyre"
- Emily Brontë (818-1848) born Thornton; writer, author of "Wuthering Heights"
- Captain James Cook (1728-1779) Marton, Middlesbrough; Georgian oceanic explorer. Cook was the first to map Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean
- Dame Judi Dench Heworth, York, UK in 1934
- Guy Fawkes (1570–1606) born in York, traitor, Yorkshire born soldier and part of the Gunpowder Plot
- John Harrison Foulby 1693–1776 horologist and mathematician
- Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was born in Hull Pioneering English aviator.Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, Johnson set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. Johnson flew in the Second World War as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary where she died during a ferry flight.
- William Kent (c. 1685 – 12 April 1748), English architect, landscape architect and furniture designer born in Bridlington, Yorkshire. He was baptised (on 1 January 1686) as William Cant.
- Sir Ben Kingsley born Krishna Pandit Bhanji in 1943 in Snainton.
- James Mason (1909-1984) Actor - Film
- Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) born Birstall - physicist and chemist
- Augustus Pitt Rivers (1827–1900) British Army officer, ethnologist, anthropologist and archaeologist
- Helen Sharman; Born Sheffield 1963 - first British Asatronaut
- Percy Shaw (1889–1975) born Halifax inventor of the Cat's Eyes reflecting roadstuds
- John Smeaton (1724-1792) civil engineer responsible for the design of bridges, canals, harbours and lighthouses.
- Nicholas Saunderson (1682–1739) Thurlstone - Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, University of Cambridge
- Frederick Sewards ("Fred") Trueman 1931-2006. English cricketer.
- John Venn (1834 - d.)
- William Wilberforce (1759-1833) social campaigner who brought about the abolition of slavery - born Hull
- Harold Wilson (1916–1995) born in Huddersfield; Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1964-70 and 1974–76
- Ernie Wise, OBE (1925 - 1999)
- Katharine Lucy Mary Windsor (Worsley), Duchess of Kent
- John Wycliffe (1330-1384) theologian, reformist, pioneering translator