George Francis FitzGerald

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George Francis FitzGerald FRS FRSE (3 August 1851 – 22 February 1901) was an Irish professor of physics, known for the Lorentz–FitzGerald contraction.


  • When two surfaces at different temperatures are in presence of one another with a gas between them, there exists a force tending to separate them. The assumption of this force explains a very great number of phenomena, including the motion of the arms of Mr. Crooke's radiometers and the so-called spheroidal state of liquids.

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