George Francis FitzGerald

1851 - 1901

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Prof George Francis FitzGerald (3 August 1851 – 22 February 1901) was an Irish academic and physicist who served as Erasmus Smith's Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) from 1881 to 1901. FitzGerald is known for his work in electromagnetic theory and for the Lorentz–FitzGerald contraction, which became an integral part of Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Francis FitzGerald has received more than 67,071 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). George Francis FitzGerald is the 343rd most popular physicist (up from 360th in 2019), the 71st most popular biography from Ireland and the 5th most popular Irish Physicist.

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Among physicists, George Francis FitzGerald ranks 343 out of 721Before him are Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, John C. Mather, George Johnstone Stoney, John Henry Poynting, Franz Ernst Neumann, and Friedrich Paschen. After him are Abram Ioffe, Walter H. Schottky, Walter A. Shewhart, Eugen Goldstein, Gaston Planté, and William Sturgeon.

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Among people born in 1851, George Francis FitzGerald ranks 29Before him are Charles Dow, Alexander, Prince of Orange, Guillaume Bigourdan, Charles Dupuy, Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, and Princess Maria Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. After him are Emilia Pardo Bazán, Charles Joseph Bonaparte, Jacobus Kapteyn, Melvil Dewey, Theodor Lipps, and Arne Garborg. Among people deceased in 1901, George Francis FitzGerald ranks 25Before him are Max Joseph von Pettenkofer, Francesco Crispi, Josef Rheinberger, Charles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Nikolaos Gyzis, and Adolf Eugen Fick. After him are François-Marie Raoult, Shō Tai, Archduchess Maria Isabella of Austria, John Kemp Starley, Prince Henri of Orléans, and Leopoldo Alas.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, George Francis FitzGerald ranks 71 out of 460Before him are Oliver Goldsmith (1728), Edmund the Martyr (841), Brigid of Kildare (451), Brian Cowen (1960), George Johnstone Stoney (1826), and James Barry (1795). After him are Eystein II of Norway (1125), Maureen O'Sullivan (1911), Kevin Roche (1922), Mary Robinson (1944), Kevin Farrell (1947), and David Kelly (1929).

Among PHYSICISTS In Ireland

Among physicists born in Ireland, George Francis FitzGerald ranks 5Before him are William Rowan Hamilton (1805), John Tyndall (1820), Ernest Walton (1903), and George Johnstone Stoney (1826). After him are John Sealy Townsend (1868) and John Joly (1857).