Oliver Heaviside


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Noun1.Oliver Heaviside - English physicist and electrical engineer who helped develop telegraphic and telephonic communications; in 1902 (independent of A. E. Kennelly) he suggested the existence of an atmospheric layer that reflects radio waves back to earth (1850-1925)
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The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside: A Maverick of Electrical Science tells of a pioneer in electrical science in the early 1920s whose contributions led to advancements in communications and modern electrical engineering.
That task fell to a small group of "Maxwellians," including Oliver Heaviside (who simplified Maxwell's math into the famous "Maxwell's equations") and Heinrich Hertz, who in 1888 demonstrated the existence of Maxwellian radio waves.
In How the World was One, Clarke includes a brief biography of Oliver Heaviside and admits the fact that he evolved a rigorous proof of the famous relationship, E=m[c.sup.2], in 1890, thus anticipating Einstein by some fifteen years.