John Scott Russell

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John Scott Russell FRSE FRS FRSA (9 May 1808, Parkhead, Glasgow – 8 June 1882, Ventnor, Isle of Wight) was a Scottish civil engineer, naval architect and shipbuilder who built 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.

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John Scott Russell

John Scott Russell in 1847
Born9 May 1808 (1808-05-09)
Parkhead, Glasgow, Scotland
Died8 June 1882 (1882-06-09) (aged 74)
Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England
EducationUniversity of Edinburgh, University of St. Andrews, University of Glasgow
SpouseHarriette Russell (née Osborne)
ChildrenOsborne Russell, Norman Scott Russell, Louisa Scott Russell, Mary Rachel Scott Russell, Alice M. Scott Russell
Parent(s)David Russell and Agnes Clark Scott
Engineering career
InstitutionsRoyal Society of Edinburgh (Councillor 1838-9), Royal Society, Institution of Civil Engineers (Vice President), Institution of Naval Architects (Vice President), Society of Arts (Secretary 1845-50)
AwardsKeith Prize

Russell was a promoter of the Great Exhibition of 1851.