PHYSICIST

Albert A. Michelson

1852 - 1931

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Albert Abraham Michelson FFRS FRSE (surname pronunciation anglicized as "Michael-son", December 19, 1852 – May 9, 1931) was a Prussian-born American physicist of Jewish descent, known for his work on measuring the speed of light and especially for the Michelson–Morley experiment. In 1907 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics, becoming the first American to win the Nobel Prize in a science. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Albert A. Michelson has received more than 644,127 page views. His biography is available in 92 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 89 in 2019). Albert A. Michelson is the 86th most popular physicist (down from 80th in 2019), the 64th most popular biography from Poland (down from 63rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Polish Physicist.

Albert Michelson is most famous for measuring the speed of light.

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Among PHYSICISTS

Among physicists, Albert A. Michelson ranks 86 out of 851Before him are Charles Glover Barkla, Percy Williams Bridgman, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, John Bardeen, Hans Bethe, and Victor Francis Hess. After him are Jean Baptiste Perrin, Clinton Davisson, Carl Zeiss, Wilhelm Eduard Weber, Ernst Ruska, and Leo Szilard.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1852, Albert A. Michelson ranks 8Before him are Henri Becquerel, Emperor Meiji, Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Gojong of Korea, William Ramsay, and Emil Fischer. After him are Henri Moissan, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Joseph Joffre, Francisco Tárrega, Charles Taze Russell, and William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Among people deceased in 1931, Albert A. Michelson ranks 8Before him are Gustave Le Bon, Khalil Gibran, Anna Pavlova, Otto Wallach, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca, and Omar Mukhtar. After him are Arthur Schnitzler, Geli Raubal, Lili Elbe, Joseph Joffre, George Herbert Mead, and Theo van Doesburg.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Albert A. Michelson ranks 64 out of 1,694Before him are Paul Ehrlich (1854), Billy Wilder (1906), Ferdinand Lassalle (1825), Bolesław I the Brave (967), Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928), and Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916). After him are Emanuel Lasker (1868), Faustina Kowalska (1905), John II Casimir Vasa (1609), Władysław III of Poland (1424), Erich von Falkenhayn (1861), and Walther Nernst (1864).

Among PHYSICISTS In Poland

Among physicists born in Poland, Albert A. Michelson ranks 6Before him are Marie Curie (1867), Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686), Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906), Otto Stern (1888), and Rudolf Clausius (1822). After him are Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898), Joseph Rotblat (1908), Klaus von Klitzing (1943), Leopold Infeld (1898), Friedrich Ernst Dorn (1848), and Vladimir Chelomey (1914).