Lord Rayleigh

John W. Strutt, Lord Rayleigh. Credit: Royal Society, LondonJohn William Strutt, Third Baron Rayleigh (1842 -1919) was the successor to Maxwell at Cambridge and continued his studies on the electromagnetic wave motions, making noteworthy contributions in optics, sonics, and gas dynamics. He was also the co-discoverer of argon and the rare gases. Perhaps his most significant work was in developing the important scientific tools of similitude and dimensional analysis. He was also well known as a sincere Christian believer. As a prefix to his published papers he wrote:

The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.

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