George FitzGerald, Irish physicist

George FitzGerald, Irish physicist

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Credit: Hollinger and Rockey, New York, Swan Electric Engraving Co., courtesy AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, Brittle Books Collection, Physics Today Collection /SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: George FitzGerald (1851-1901), Irish physicist. Although FitzGerald did not publish much original work, his influence on 19th-century physics was due to his informal suggestions and discussions with others, who would try out his ideas. FitzGerald developed the hypothesis that a body moving in an electromagnetic field contracts slightly in the direction of its motion (Lorentz-FitzGerald contraction), an idea which became an important step towards Einstein's theory of relativity.

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