Stokes, George Gabriel, 1819-1903

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Mathematician and physicist.

From the description of Papers, 1846-1902. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81407172

Entered Pembroke College, Cambridge and graduated as Senior Wrangler and lst Smith's prizeman in 1841. From 1849-1903 he was Lucasisn professor of mathematics at Cambridge. F. R. S. 1851. Secretary of the Royal Society 1854-1885. President of Royal Society 1885-1890. Copley Medal 1893. Rumford Medal 1852. M. P. for Cambridge University 1887-1891. Created Bart in 1889.

From the description of Papers, 1851-1890. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79182017

Sir George Gabriel Stokes (1819-1903), first baronet, mathematician and physicist, was educated at schools in Dublin and Bristol, before attending Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he was senior wrangler and first Smith's prizeman. He was made a fellow of Pembroke in 1841, and was master, 1902-1903. While at Cambridge he developed a close friendship with William Thomson, Lord Kelvin. In 1849 he was made Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge, a position he held until his death. Stokes developed Lagrange's theory of the motion of viscous fluids, and also carried out work on optics. He contributed to the discovery and development of spectrum analysis, and in 1852 discovered the nature of flouresence. He was the virtual founder of modern science of geodesy in 1849. Stokes was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1851, and served as its secretary, 1854-85, and president, 1885-90. Between 1887 and 1891 he was the Conservative MP for Cambridge University. He was created baronet in 1889.

From the guide to the Sir George Gabriel Stokes: Miscellaneous Papers, c.1830s-1902, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Sir Gabriel Stokes, born in Ireland and educated at Cambridge University, was a mathematician and physicist. His researches, done in many fields, developed the modern theory of viscous fluids, revealed the nature of fluorescence, and helped to establish the composition of chlorophyll. The important work he did on the undulatory theory of light led to publication of his Dynamical Theory of Diffraction (1849). His other publications include Light (1884) and Natural Theology (1891). He died in 1903.

From the description of George Gabriel Stokes Papers. 1865. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 225565216

Epithet: Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge

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creatorOf Pollock, Frederick, Sir, 1845-1937. Correspondence, 1848-1937. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Correspondence, 1848-1937 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Powell, Baden, 1796-1860. Correspondence, 1836-1859. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Sir George Gabriel Stokes: Miscellaneous Papers, c.1830s-1902 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
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creatorOf Stokes, George Gabriel, 1819-1903. Letters. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
referencedIn Vol. XVI. (ff. 507). May, 1856-Mar. 1860.includes:f. 1 Comte Jean Gilbert Victor Fialin de Persigny,; French Ambassador in London: Letter to C. Babbage: 1856. f. 2 Michel Chasles, mathematician: Letters to C. Babbage: 1855, 1856.: Fr. f. 3 André M... British Library
referencedIn Rowland, Henry Augustus, 1848-1901. Rowland (Henry Augustus) papers, 1793-1970. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
creatorOf Stokes, George Gabriel, Sir, 1819-1903. [Miscellaneous pamphlets]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Vol. XVIII. 610). 0 t. 1863-1899.includes:f. 1 John Henry Alexander, American scientist: Correspondence with C. Babbage: 1857-1863. f. 1 John Henry Alexander, American scientist: Correspondence with C. Babbage: 1857-1863. ff. 3, 24, 73, 293, 381, 5..., 1863-1899 British Library
creatorOf Stokes, George Gabriel, Sir, 1819-1903. Papers, 1846-1902. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Stokes, George Gabriel, 1819-1903,. Autograph letter signed from G.G. Stokes, Cambridge, to unidentified recipient [manuscript], 1876 January 31. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Vol. XV. (ff. 490). Oct. 1854-Apr. 1856.includes:f. 1 Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby: Letter to C. Babbage: 1854. f. 3 Baden Powell, Savilian professor of geometry: Letters to C. Babbage: 1837-1856. f. 5 Louisa Tempé Undy: Letter to C. Babbage... British Library
referencedIn Ramsay, William, 1852-1916. Papers, 1870-1916. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Darwin, George Howard, Sir, 1845-1912. Papers, 1863-1906. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Stokes, George Gabriel, 1819-1903. Papers, 1851-1890. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Stokes, George Gabriel, sir, 1819-1903. Letter, 1893. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Stokes, George Gabriel, 1819-1903,. Autograph letter signed from G.G. Stokes, Cambridge, to unidentified recipient [manuscript], 1876 January 31. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn John Edward Gray papers, 1783-1884, 1783-1884 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Stokes, George Gabriel, Sir, 1819-1903. George Gabriel Stokes Papers. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
creatorOf Stokes, George Gabriel, Sir, 1819-1903. Manuscript, 1851. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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