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  1. Rayleigh, Third Baron Rayleigh, Lord Rayleigh, John William Strutt(noun)

    English physicist who studied the density of gases and discovered argon; made important contributions to acoustic theory (1842-1919)

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  1. John William Strutt

    John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, OM 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.

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