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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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.
Possibly the most interesting of these secondary figures is Oliver Heaviside, the 'Hermit of Paignton', who dedicated his life to theoretical Physics, was admired by Cambridge academics, and was several times nominated for the Nobel Prize.