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Alfred Ewing

1855 - 1935

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Sir James Alfred Ewing MInstitCE (27 March 1855 − 7 January 1935) was a Scottish physicist and engineer, best known for his work on the magnetic properties of metals and, in particular, for his discovery of, and coinage of the word, hysteresis. It was said of Ewing that he was 'Careful at all times of his appearance, his suits were mostly grey, added to which he generally wore – whatever the fashion – a white piqué stripe to his waistcoat, a mauve shirt, a white butterfly collar and a dark blue bow tie with white spots.' He was regarded as brilliant and successful, but was conscious of his dignity and position. On appointment to head the newly created Admiralty codebreaking department, the Director of Naval Intelligence, Henry Oliver, described him as 'too distinguished a man to be placed officially under the orders of the Director of Intelligence or Chief of Staff'. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alfred Ewing has received more than 19,582 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Alfred Ewing is the 632nd most popular physicist (up from 659th in 2019), the 3,546th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 4,106th in 2019) and the 73rd most popular British Physicist.

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Among physicists, Alfred Ewing ranks 632 out of 717Before him are Balthasar van der Pol, Nicholas Metropolis, Boris Borisovich Golitsyn, Frederick Seitz, Franz Josef Gerstner, and Maurice Goldhaber. After him are Frank Oppenheimer, Leo Kadanoff, Ursula Franklin, Barys Kit, Lee Smolin, and Paul Peter Ewald.

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Among people born in 1855, Alfred Ewing ranks 77Before him are Oskar von Miller, Emmanuel Drake del Castillo, William Friese-Greene, Frank Hadow, Josiah Royce, and Caroline Rémy de Guebhard. After him are Emil Paur, Nataliya Kobrynska, Henry Nicholas Ridley, August Spies, Juan Zorrilla de San Martín, and Ludwig Ganghofer. Among people deceased in 1935, Alfred Ewing ranks 112Before him are Gottlieb von Jagow, Gerhard Louis De Geer, Virginie Demont-Breton, Julia Beck, Sylvain Lévi, and Thelma Todd. After him are Jackson Showalter, Anna Katharine Green, Aimé Haegeman, Herbert Ponting, Johan Ramstedt, and James Quibell.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Alfred Ewing ranks 3,546 out of 7,765Before him are Susan George (1950), Thomas Campbell Eyton (1809), Sandy Denny (1947), Linus Roache (1964), Henry Bird (1830), and Alun Armstrong (1946). After him are William Elford Leach (1791), Jenny Agutter (1952), Julian Richings (1955), William Shanks (1812), Neil Bartlett (1932), and N. E. Brown (1849).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Alfred Ewing ranks 73Before him are John Robison (1739), John Lennard-Jones (1894), William Astbury (1898), Ralph H. Fowler (1889), John Polkinghorne (1930), and John Hopkinson (1849). After him are Peter Mark Roget (1779), John Aitken (1839), Brandon Carter (1942), Julian Barbour (1937), Bernard Lovell (1913), and Charles Blagden (1748).