Sir Michael Warwick Thompson (born June 1931) is a British academic, who served as Vice-Chancellor of the Universities of East Anglia and Birmingham.
He was educated at the University of Liverpool where he graduated with a first in physics. He was a D.Sc in physics in 1963 from the University of Liverpool. He was appointed Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Sussex in 1965, and remained at Sussex for a further 15 years during which time he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and acting Vice-Chancellor of the University. In 1980 he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, and remained in the post until 1987 when he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, retiring in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and was knighted in 1991.
His son Paul Warwick Thompson is currently rector of the Royal College of Art.