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James H. Jeans

AKA James Hopwood Jeans

Born: 11-Sep-1877
Birthplace: Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
Died: 16-Sep-1946
Location of death: Dorking, Surrey, England
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, St. Michael's Churchyard, Mickleham, Surrey, England

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronomer, Mathematician, Physicist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Continuous creation theory

Mathematician and astronomer James H. Jeans proposed that matter is created continuously everywhere in the universe. He confirmed Lord Rayleigh's work on the distribution of energy, and provided the first proof of James Clerk Maxwell's theory regarding molecular velocities. He also studied electricity, magnetism, radiation, and thermodynamics, and achieved his greatest fame as the author of several books explaining and popularizing science for a non-expert audience.

His first wife, Charlotte Tiffany Mitchell, was a niece of famed jeweler Louis Comfort Tiffany, and her sister (Jeans' sister-in-law) was married to American Senator Hiram Bingham. Jeans' second wife, Susi Jeans, was a student of Charles-Marie Widor who became a well-regarded concert organist.

Father: William Tullock Jeans (journalist)
Wife: Charlotte Tiffany Mitchell (poet, b. 1877, m. 1907, d. 1934, one daughter)
Wife: Susanne Hock Jeans ("Susi", organist, b. 1911, m. 1935, d. 1993, one daughter, two sons)
Son: Christopher Jeans (chemist)
Daughter: Katherine Jeans
Son: Michael Jeans (chemist)

    High School: Merchant Taylors' School, Middlesex, England (1896)
    University: BS Mathematics, Cambridge University (1901)
    Teacher: Applied Mathematics, Princeton University (1905-09)
    Teacher: Mathematics, Cambridge University (1911-12)
    Scholar: Mt. Wilson Observatory (1923-44)

    Knight of the British Empire 1928
    Order of Merit 1939
    Adams Prize 1917
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1922
    Royal Medal 1919
    Royal Astronomical Society President (1925-27)
    Royal Society 1907
    Lunar Crater Jeans (55.8 S, 91.4 E, 79 km. diameter)
    Martian Crater Jeans (69.8 S, 205.9 E, 80 km. diameter)
    Scottish Ancestry Paternal
    English Ancestry Maternal

Author of books:
The Dynamical Theory of Gases (1904)
Theoretical Mechanics (1906)
An Elementary Treatise on Theoretical Mechanics (1907)
The Mathematical Theory of Electricity and Magnetism (1908)
Problems of Cosmogony and Stellar Dynamics (1919)
Astronomy and Cosmogony (1928)
The Universe Around Us (1929)
Eos; or, The Wider Aspects of Cosmogony (1929)
The Mysterious Universe (1930)
The Stars in Their Courses (1931)
The New Background of Science (1933)
Through Space and Time (1934)
Science and Music (1938)
Introduction to the Kinetic Theory of Gases (1940)
Physics and Philosophy (1942)
The Growth of Physical Science (1948, posthumous)

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