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Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet

Mathematician
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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Scientists
Residence: Skreen
Country: British
BirthDay: 13 August 1819
Sigh: Virgo
Died On: February 1, 1903
Education: University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, Cambridge
BIOGRAPHY

Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet was bornon 13 August 1819 in Skreen, British, is Mathematician. Sir George Gabriel Stokes, 1st Baronet, PRS was an Irish mathematician and physicist. He was noted for his studies on the behaviour of viscous fluids, particularly for his law of viscosity, which describes the motion of a solid sphere in a fluid, and for Stokes' theorem, a basic theorem of vector analysis. His seminal contributions to fluid dynamics, optics and mathematical physics also paved way for a lot of future scientific research and revelations. He graduated from the Pembroke College, Cambridge as a senior wrangler and first Smith's prizeman and was elected for a fellowship. He was a senior associate to James Clark Maxwell and Lord Kelvin and this trio played a major role in contributing to the popularity of the Cambridge school of mathematical physics during the mid-nineteenth century. He was elected as the Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge, and he held this post till he died. He became the first man since Isaac Newton to hold the three positions of Lucasian professor, secretary and the president of the Royal Society, and the first man to hold them simultaneously

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1903

He died on February 1, 1903 at Cambridge and was buried in the Mill Road cemetery

1864

In 1864, he dealt with the chemical identification of organic bodies by their optical properties and a little later he worked on the relation between the chemical composition and the optical properties of various glasses, in accordance with transparency and improvement of achromatic telescopes

1860

In 1860 he worked on the intensity of light being reflected from, or transmitted through, a pile of plates

1857

George Stokes married Mary Susanna Robinson on July 4, 1857 at St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh

1852

His 1852 paper was about the change of wavelength of light and he postulated the fluorescence phenomena, under which certain materials have the power to convert invisible ultra-violet radiations into visible radiations of longer wavelength and this conversion was depicted by the Stokes shift

1849

He wrote a paper in 1849 about the varying values of gravity at the surface of the earth and one on the numerical calculation of a class of definite integrals and infinite series, in 1850

1847

Because of the observations he made on the Dee bridge disaster in May 1847, he was appointed a member of the subsequent Royal Commission

1845

In-between 1845 and 1849 he published several papers on the aberration of light, bands in a spectrum and diffraction

1840

In the early 1840s he published papers on the steady motion of incompressible fluids, equilibrium and motion of elastic solids and internal friction in a moving fluid and its effect on a pendulum

1837

He entered the Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1837 and graduated four years later as a senior wrangler and the first Smith's prizeman

1835

He moved to England in 1835 and enrolled at the University of Bristol where he won many mathematics prizes

1832

He left for Dublin in 1832 and attended the Reverend R H Wall's school in Hume Street for three years

1819

George Stokes was born on August 13, 1819 in Skreen, County Sligo, Ireland in an evangelical Protestant family

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