John William Strutt

Physicist, Academic

1842 – 1919

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Who was John William Strutt?

John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, OM, PRS was an English physicist who, with William Ramsay, discovered argon, an achievement for which he earned the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1904. He also discovered the phenomenon now called Rayleigh scattering, explaining why the sky is blue, and predicted the existence of the surface waves now known as Rayleigh waves. Rayleigh's textbook, The Theory of Sound, is still referred to by acoustic engineers today.

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Born
Nov 12, 1842
Maldon
Also known as
  • 3rd Baron Rayleigh
Children
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • University of Cambridge
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Harrow School
Employment
  • University of Cambridge
Lived in
  • United Kingdom
  • Maldon
Died
Jun 30, 1919
Witham

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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