Oliver Heaviside

1850 - 1925

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Oliver Heaviside FRS (; 18 May 1850 – 3 February 1925) was an English mathematician and physicist who brought complex numbers to circuit analysis, invented a new technique for solving differential equations (equivalent to the Laplace transform), independently developed vector calculus, and rewrote Maxwell's equations in the form commonly used today. He significantly shaped the way Maxwell's equations are understood and applied in the decades following Maxwell's death. His formulation of the telegrapher's equations became commercially important during his own lifetime, after their significance went unremarked for a long while, as few others were versed at the time in his novel methodology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oliver Heaviside has received more than 625,269 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Oliver Heaviside is the 41st most popular engineer (down from 35th in 2019), the 681st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 595th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Engineer.

Oliver Heaviside was a British mathematician, physicist, and electrical engineer who is most famous for his work in the field of electricity and electromagnetism.

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Among engineers, Oliver Heaviside ranks 41 out of 325Before him are Villard de Honnecourt, Hugo Junkers, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, John Ambrose Fleming, Howard H. Aiken, and Albert Göring. After him are Godfrey Hounsfield, Pavel Sukhoi, Kurt Gerstein, Sergey Ilyushin, Ildefons Cerdà, and Emil Škoda.

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Among people born in 1850, Oliver Heaviside ranks 14Before him are Eduard Bernstein, Hermann Ebbinghaus, Charles Richet, Mihai Eminescu, Pierre Loti, and Henry Louis Le Chatelier. After him are Luigi Cadorna, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Lafcadio Hearn, César Ritz, Victoriano Huerta, and Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Among people deceased in 1925, Oliver Heaviside ranks 31Before him are Fritz Haarmann, John Singer Sargent, Duchess Mathilde Ludovika in Bavaria, Władysław Reymont, Félix Vallotton, and Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf. After him are Hjalmar Branting, Pierre Louÿs, Max Linder, Karl Abraham, Clément Ader, and Lovis Corinth.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Oliver Heaviside ranks 681 out of 6,924Before him are Harry Kroto (1939), Alfred Radcliffe-Brown (1881), Christian Bale (1974), Roger Glover (1945), Nigel Farage (1964), and Peter Greenaway (1942). After him are William Hyde Wollaston (1766), Joan Clarke (1917), Robert III of Scotland (1330), Richard Hamilton (1922), Annie Besant (1847), and Macbeth, King of Scotland (1005).

Among ENGINEERS In United Kingdom

Among engineers born in United Kingdom, Oliver Heaviside ranks 3Before him are William John Macquorn Rankine (1820) and John Ambrose Fleming (1849). After him are Godfrey Hounsfield (1919), Colin Chapman (1928), Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806), Henry Royce (1863), Charles George Gordon (1833), Ross Brawn (1954), George Cayley (1773), Robert Stephenson (1803), and Charles Rolls (1877).