Osborne Reynolds

1842 - 1912

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Osborne Reynolds (23 August 1842 – 21 February 1912) was an Irish-born British innovator in the understanding of fluid dynamics. Separately, his studies of heat transfer between solids and fluids brought improvements in boiler and condenser design. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Osborne Reynolds has received more than 266,163 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Osborne Reynolds is the 281st most popular physicist (down from 257th in 2019), the 810th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 834th in 2019) and the 33rd most popular British Physicist.

Osborne Reynolds is most famous for his work on the theory of turbulent flow. He discovered that the speed of the fluid in a turbulent fluid is proportional to the square root of the depth of the fluid.

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Among physicists, Osborne Reynolds ranks 281 out of 851Before him are Carlo Rubbia, Leo Esaki, Ernest Walton, Toshihide Maskawa, Antoine César Becquerel, and Carl von Linde. After him are Victor Weisskopf, Walter Kohn, Anthony James Leggett, Steven Chu, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, and Christoph Scheiner.

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Among people born in 1842, Osborne Reynolds ranks 25Before him are Giovanni Giolitti, James Dewar, Ambrose Bierce, Sophus Lie, Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, and Carl von Linde. After him are Édouard Lucas, Arkhip Kuindzhi, Jean Gaston Darboux, Giovanni Boldini, Johannes Zukertort, and Gaston, Count of Eu. Among people deceased in 1912, Osborne Reynolds ranks 25Before him are Johann Martin Schleyer, James Paul Moody, Nettie Stevens, George Darwin, Franz Reichelt, and Nogi Maresuke. After him are Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Bolesław Prus, John Jacob Astor IV, Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, Gerhard Armauer Hansen, and Isidor Straus.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Osborne Reynolds ranks 810 out of 8,785Before him are George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (1866), John Langdon Down (1828), Adam Ferguson (1723), Diana Wynne Jones (1934), Robert Graves (1895), and David Cameron (1966). After him are John Ray (1627), Tim Roth (1961), Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany (1158), John Harrison (1693), Edmund Cartwright (1743), and Thomas Cole (1801).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Osborne Reynolds ranks 33Before him are Brian Josephson (1940), Charles Wheatstone (1802), David Brewster (1781), John Cockcroft (1897), Daniel Rutherford (1749), and Andrew Huxley (1917). After him are Anthony James Leggett (1938), Nevill Francis Mott (1905), Freeman Dyson (1923), James Jeans (1877), William Whewell (1794), and Joseph Swan (1828).