Awards & Winners

John William Strutt

Date of Birth 12-November-1842
Place of Birth Maldon
(United Kingdom)
Nationality United Kingdom
Also know as 3rd Baron Rayleigh, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Lord Rayleigh
Profession Physicist
John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, OM, PRS was an English physicist who, with William Ramsay, discovered argon, an achievement for which he earned the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1904. He also discovered the phenomenon now called Rayleigh scattering, explaining why the sky is blue, and predicted the existence of the surface waves now known as Rayleigh waves. Rayleigh's textbook, The Theory of Sound, is still referred to by acoustic engineers today.

Awards by John William Strutt

Check all the awards nominated and won by John William Strutt.


Rumford Medal
(On the ground of his investigations in thermo-dynamics and on radiation.)


Nobel Prize in Physics
(for his investigations of the densities of the most important gases and for his discovery of argon in connection with these studies)


Copley Medal
(In recognition of his contributions to physical science.)