John Scott Russell brass plaque in Edinburgh

Near this spot John Scott Russell discovered the Solitary Wave in August 1834

John Scott Russell FRSE FRS (9 May 1808, Parkhead, Glasgow – 8 June 1882, Ventnor, Isle of Wight) was a Scottish civil engineer, naval architect and shipbuilder who built the Great Eastern in collaboration with Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He made the discovery of the wave of translation that gave birth to the modern study of solitons, and developed the wave-line system of ship construction.Russell was a promoter of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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