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Osborne Reynolds

1842 - 1912

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Osborne Reynolds (23 August 1842 – 21 February 1912) was an Irish-born 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 218,438 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Osborne Reynolds is the 256th most popular physicist (down from 181st in 2019), the 834th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 588th in 2019) and the 32nd 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 256 out of 717Before him are Yoichiro Nambu, Serge Haroche, Joseph Plateau, Gérard Mourou, Klaus Fuchs, and Daniel Rutherford. After him are Anthony James Leggett, John Cockcroft, Moshé Feldenkrais, Rainer Weiss, Abdul Qadeer Khan, and John Hasbrouck Van Vleck.

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Among people born in 1842, Osborne Reynolds ranks 25Before him are Georg Brandes, Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, Sophus Lie, Vasily Vereshchagin, Arkhip Kuindzhi, and Jean Gaston Darboux. After him are Giovanni Giolitti, Okita Sōji, Giovanni Boldini, Édouard Lucas, Johannes Zukertort, and Vilhelm Thomsen. Among people deceased in 1912, Osborne Reynolds ranks 25Before him are Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria, Franz Reichelt, Johann Martin Schleyer, Benjamin Guggenheim, George Darwin, and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. After him are James Paul Moody, Henry Tingle Wilde, Nettie Stevens, Nogi Maresuke, Bolesław Prus, and Jack Phillips.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Osborne Reynolds ranks 834 out of 7,765Before him are Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (1982), Edmund Spenser (1552), Charles Vane (1680), Daniel Rutherford (1749), Pete Townshend (1945), and Petula Clark (1932). After him are Joseph Chamberlain (1836), Malcolm IV of Scotland (1141), John Hanning Speke (1827), William Webb Ellis (1806), Colin Maclaurin (1698), and Owen Tudor (1400).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Osborne Reynolds ranks 32Before him are Charles Wheatstone (1802), Andrew Huxley (1917), John Kendrew (1917), Nevill Francis Mott (1905), David J. Thouless (1934), and Daniel Rutherford (1749). After him are Anthony James Leggett (1938), John Cockcroft (1897), Joseph Swan (1828), Patrick Blackett (1897), Brian Josephson (1940), and Freeman Dyson (1923).