John Scott Russell

Died aged c. 74

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. Russell was a promoter of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

The Great Eastern (launched 1858) largest steamship of the century was built here by I.K. Brunel and J. Scott Russell

Burrell's Wharf, Westferry Road, London, United Kingdom where they built The Great Eastern

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

Scott Russell Aqueduct, Edinburgh, United Kingdom where they discovered the Solitary Wave