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Adolphe Quetelet

1796 - 1874

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Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet FRSF or FRSE (French: [kətlɛ] (listen); 22 February 1796 – 17 February 1874) was a Belgian astronomer, mathematician, statistician and sociologist who founded and directed the Brussels Observatory and was influential in introducing statistical methods to the social sciences. His name is sometimes spelled with an accent as Quételet.He also founded the science of anthropometry and developed the body mass index (BMI) scale, originally called the Quetelet Index. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Adolphe Quetelet has received more than 336,290 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Adolphe Quetelet is the 37th most popular astronomer (down from 36th in 2019), the 74th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 70th in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Astronomer.

Adolphe Quetelet was a Belgian mathematician who was most famous for his work in the field of statistics. He is credited with the invention of the body mass index (BMI), which is used to measure a person's body weight relative to their height.

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Among astronomers, Adolphe Quetelet ranks 37 out of 531Before him are Johann Gottfried Galle, Fred Hoyle, Johann Bayer, Caroline Herschel, Wilhelm Schickard, and Michel Mayor. After him are Jan Oort, Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Charles Greeley Abbot, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Simon Marius, and Arthur Eddington.

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Among people born in 1796, Adolphe Quetelet ranks 4Before him are Nicholas I of Russia, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot. After him are Michael Thonet, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Jakob Steiner, Franz Berwald, Caroline Amalie of Augustenburg, Carl Loewe, Peter Fendi, and Giovanni Pacini. Among people deceased in 1874, Adolphe Quetelet ranks 4Before him are Millard Fillmore, Anders Jonas Ångström, and Jules Michelet. After him are François Guizot, David Strauss, Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria, Johann Philipp Reis, Maria Teresa, Princess of Beira, Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller, Cochise, and August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Adolphe Quetelet ranks 74 out of 1,019Before him are Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly (1559), Maxime Weygand (1867), Dominique Pire (1910), Quentin Matsys (1466), Herman Van Rompuy (1947), and François Englert (1932). After him are Ambiorix (-100), Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium (1927), Jacky Ickx (1945), Ernest Solvay (1838), Hubert van Eyck (1366), and Albert Claude (1899).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Belgium

Among astronomers born in Belgium, Adolphe Quetelet ranks 1After him are Ferdinand Verbiest (1623), Petrus Plancius (1552), Eric Walter Elst (1936), Eugène Joseph Delporte (1882), Henri Debehogne (1928), Philippe van Lansberge (1561), George Van Biesbroeck (1880), and Marcel Minnaert (1893).