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Roland Eotvos Biography
Vásárosnaményi Báró Eötvös Loránd, better known as Roland Eotvos (July 27, 1848 - April 8, 1919) was a Hungarian physicist.

Eötvös is remembered today for his experimental work on gravity, in particular his study of the equivalence of gravitational and inertial mass (the so-called weak equivalence principle) and his study of the gravitational gradient on the Earth's surface.

The weak equivalence principle plays a prominent role in relativity theory, while measurements of the gravitational gradient are important in applied geophysics, such as the location of petroleum deposits.
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