Sir George Stokes (1819-1903) was a famous mathematician, born in

Ireland, who studied at

Pembroke College,

Cambridge. 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

mathematicians, 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".