Cowling, Thomas George
BornWalthamstow, London, England, 17 June 1906
DiedLeeds, England, 16 June 1990
English mathematician and theoretical astrophysicist Thomas Cowling gave his name to a model of stellar structure in which all of the energy is released very close to the center and to a theorem relevant to the generation and structure of the magnetic fields of the Earth and Sun. However, the part of his work that has the strongest resonance down to the present is the classification of vibrational modes in the Sun or other stars into p (where pressure is the restoring force) and g (where gravity is the restoring force) modes, separated by a fundamental radial oscillation, all of which have now been seen and which provide vital information on the deep interiors of the Sun and other stars.
Cowling was the second of four sons of Edith and George Cowling, an engineer with the post office, who brought home a large horseshoe magnet that may well have contributed to his son’s lifelong interest in magnetism. The...
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