Mathematician:John William Strutt

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English physicist who won the $1904$ Nobel Prize in Physics with William Ramsay for the discovery of argon.

Discovered the phenomenon now called Rayleigh Scattering, which explains why the sky is blue.

Predicted the existence of Rayleigh waves.




  • Born: 12 November 1842 in Langford Grove, Maldon, Essex, England, UK
  • Died: 30 June 1919 in Terling Place, Witham, Essex, England, UK

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for John William Strutt can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for John William Strutt can be found here.


  • 1877: The Theory of Sound vol. I
  • 1878: The Theory of Sound vol. II

Notable Quotes

Examples ... which might be multiplied ad libitum, show how difficult it often is for an experimenter to interpret his results without the aid or mathematics.
-- Quoted in 1937: Eric Temple Bell: Men of Mathematics: They Say: What Say They? : Let Them Say

Also known as

John William Strutt, $3$rd Baron Rayleigh is also (perhaps better) known as Lord Rayleigh.