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Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet

1819 - 1903

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Sir George Gabriel Stokes, 1st Baronet, (; 13 August 1819 – 1 February 1903) was an Irish physicist and mathematician. Born in County Sligo, Ireland, Stokes spent all of his career at the University of Cambridge, where he was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1849 until his death in 1903. As a physicist, Stokes made seminal contributions to fluid mechanics, including the Navier–Stokes equations; and to physical optics, with notable works on polarization and fluorescence. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet has received more than 426,873 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet is the 50th most popular mathematician (down from 47th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 13th in 2019) and the most popular Irish Mathematician.

Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet was a physicist and mathematician. He is most famous for his work in fluid dynamics and his theory of viscosity.

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Among mathematicians, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet ranks 50 out of 823Before him are Charles Sanders Peirce, Eudoxus of Cnidus, Sophie Germain, Claude Shannon, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, and Norbert Wiener. After him are Philolaus, Karl Weierstrass, Sofia Kovalevskaya, Nikolai Lobachevsky, Gaspard Monge, and Abu al-Wafa' Buzjani.

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Among people born in 1819, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet ranks 9Before him are Jacques Offenbach, Albert, Prince Consort, Clara Schumann, Léon Foucault, Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman. After him are Báb, Hippolyte Fizeau, George Eliot, Maria II of Portugal, John Ruskin, and William T. G. Morton. Among people deceased in 1903, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet ranks 8Before him are Herbert Spencer, Pope Leo XIII, Camille Pissarro, Theodor Mommsen, Alois Hitler, and Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury. After him are Alexander I of Serbia, Josiah Willard Gibbs, Otto Weininger, Hugo Wolf, Gotse Delchev, and Calamity Jane.

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Among people born in Ireland, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet ranks 14 out of 501Before him are Michael Gambon (1940), Edmund Burke (1729), Pierce Brosnan (1953), Bram Stoker (1847), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), and William Rowan Hamilton (1805). After him are Francis Bacon (1909), John Scotus Eriugena (810), Richard Harris (1930), Anne Bonny (1702), W. B. Yeats (1865), and Ernest Shackleton (1874).


Among mathematicians born in Ireland, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet ranks 1After him are Vergilius of Salzburg (700), William Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker (1620), Alicia Boole Stott (1860), George Salmon (1819), and Henry John Stephen Smith (1826).