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John William Strutt (1842–1919), 3rd Baron Rayleigh

Photo credit: The Royal Institution

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John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, was an eminent physicist. Among his many appointments and honours he was joint winner of the 1904 Nobel Prize for his discovery of Argon with William Ramsay. Rayleigh’s first major work was on James Clerk Maxwell's theory of electro-magnetism and in 1879 he succeeded Maxwell as Cavendish Professor at the University of Cambridge. Rayleigh was appointed as Professor at the Royal Institution (Ri) in 1887 and in 1896 became joint Director of the new Davy Faraday Research Laboratory with James Dewar.

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  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on board

  • Measurements

    42.2 x 33.5 cm

  • Accession number

    RIIC 0063

  • Acquisition method

    presented by Sir James Dewar, 1922


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