Oliver Heaviside

1850 - 1925

Oliver Heaviside

Oliver Heaviside FRS (; 18 May 1850 – 3 February 1925) was an English autodidactic electrical engineer, 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 560,671 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 35th most popular engineer.

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Among engineers, Oliver Heaviside ranks 35 out of 287Before him are Lennart Torstensson, Kurt Gerstein, Theodore von Kármán, August Horch, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, and Abram Petrovich Gannibal. After him are William John Macquorn Rankine, Villard de Honnecourt, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, Ildefons Cerdà, Albert Göring, and Pavel Sukhoi.

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Among people born in 1850, Oliver Heaviside ranks 15Before him are Hermann Ebbinghaus, Charles Richet, Mihai Eminescu, Pierre Loti, Henry Louis Le Chatelier, and Luigi Cadorna. After him are Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Lafcadio Hearn, Victoriano Huerta, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Lady Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton, and Sami Frashëri. Among people deceased in 1925, Oliver Heaviside ranks 25Before him are Władysław Reymont, Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar, Léon Bourgeois, Vajiravudh, H. Rider Haggard, and Hjalmar Branting. After him are John Singer Sargent, Percy Fawcett, Duchess Mathilde Ludovika in Bavaria, Félix Vallotton, Fritz Haarmann, and George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Oliver Heaviside ranks 595 out of 5,347Before him are Prince Andrew, Duke of York (1960), Peter Greenaway (1942), H. Rider Haggard (1856), William Dampier (1651), Benjamin Graham (1894), and John Harrison (1693). After him are Philippa of Lancaster (1360), William John Macquorn Rankine (1820), Gladwyn Jebb (1900), Daniel Craig (1968), Eduard Suess (1831), and Eadwig (940).

Among ENGINEERS In United Kingdom

Among engineers born in United Kingdom, Oliver Heaviside ranks 1After him are William John Macquorn Rankine (1820), John Ambrose Fleming (1849), Godfrey Hounsfield (1919), Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806), Colin Chapman (1928), Henry Royce (1863), Charles George Gordon (1833), Ross Brawn (1954), Robert Stephenson (1803), Charles Rolls (1877), and Patrick Head (1946).