Sir George Stokes (1819-1903) was a famous mathematician, born in Ireland
, who studied at Pembroke College
. He is remembered for his sizeable contribution to mathematical physics, in particular to fluid mechanics (the Navier-Stokes equations) and to vector calculus (Stokes' Theorem
Stokes, like most mathematician
s, was a man of few words, to which the following anecdote
testifies. At an important dinner he was sat next to a young research assistant, who said to him "I bet I can make you say more than three words this evening".
His reply was: "you lose".