Stokes, George Gabriel
Sir George Gabriel Stokes, 1st Baronet (August 13, 1819, in Skreen, County Sligo, Ireland; February 1, 1901, in Cambridge, England) was a physicist and mathematician with contributions to solid mechanics and physical optics. He popularized the Stokes’ theorem in vector calculus and the theory of asymptotic expansions.
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Early Years and Education
His father, Gabriel Stokes, was a reverend in Skreen (County Sligo) at the west coast of Ireland. His mother, Elizabeth Haughton, was the daughter of a priest. George Gabriel Stokes grew up in a religious surrounding as the youngest of six children. His father was a student of the Trinity College Dublin, and he educated George in Latin. In 1832 he moved to the school of Reverend R.H. Wall in Dublin.
In 1835 he attended the Bristol College in Bristol. Within 2 years Stokes was prepared for a study in Cambridge. The vice-chancellor, Dr. Jerrard, was an Irish, who was in the Cambridge University. Stokes...