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Sir George Gabriel Stokes, 1st Baronet, was an AngloIrish physicist and mathematician. Born in County Sligo, Ireland, Stokes spent all of his career at the University of Cambridge, where he was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1849 until his death in 1903. As a physicist, Stokes made seminal contributions to fluid dynamics, including the NavierStokes equation, and to physical optics, with notable works on polarization and fluorescence. As a mathematician, he formulated "Stokes's theorem" in vector calculus and contributed to the theory of asymptotic expansions.
Stokes was made a baronet (hereditary knight) by the British monarch in 1889. In 1893 he received the Royal Society's Copley Medal, then the most prestigious scientific prize in the world, "for his researches and discoveries in physical science". He represented Cambridge University in the British House of Commons from 1887 to 1892, sitting as a Tory. Stokes also served as president of the Royal Society from 1885 to 1890 and was briefly the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge.



Sir George Gabriel Stokes, 1st Baronet, was an AngloIrish physicist and mathematician. Born in County Sligo, Ireland, Stokes spent all of his career at the University of Cambridge, where he was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1849 until his death in 1903. As a physicist, Stokes made seminal contributions to fluid dynamics, including the NavierStokes equation, and to physical optics, with notable works on polarization and fluorescence. As a mathematician, he formulated "Stokes's theorem" in vector calculus and contributed to the theory of asymptotic expansions.
Stokes was made a baronet (hereditary knight) by the British monarch in 1889. In 1893 he received the Royal Society's Copley Medal, then the most prestigious scientific prize in the world, "for his researches and discoveries in physical science". He represented Cambridge University in the British House of Commons from 1887 to 1892, sitting as a Tory. Stokes also served as president of the Royal Society from 1885 to 1890 and was briefly the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge.
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