Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis
died 171 years ago
19th September 1843

Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis is best remembered for the Coriolis force. He showed that the laws of motion could be used in a rotating frame of reference if an extra force called the Coriolis acceleration is added to the equations of motion.

Find out more at:
http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Mathematicians/Coriolis.html