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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 Polish-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 573,253 page views. His biography is available in 89 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 88 in 2019). Albert A. Michelson is the 80th most popular physicist (down from 79th in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Poland (up from 67th 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, Albert A. Michelson ranks 80 out of 717Before him are Carl Zeiss, Jean Baptiste Perrin, Lawrence Bragg, Wilhelm Eduard Weber, Owen Willans Richardson, and Gustav Ludwig Hertz. After him are Ernst Ruska, Johannes Stark, Carl David Anderson, Barry Barish, Clinton Davisson, and Eugene Wigner.

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Among people born in 1852, Albert A. Michelson ranks 8Before him are Henri Becquerel, Emperor Meiji, Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Emil Fischer, Henri Moissan, and Gojong of Korea. After him are Santiago Ramón y Cajal, William Ramsay, Francisco Tárrega, Joseph Joffre, Charles Taze Russell, and William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Among people deceased in 1931, Albert A. Michelson ranks 10Before him are Lili Elbe, Anna Pavlova, Omar Mukhtar, Otto Wallach, Geli Raubal, and Arthur Schnitzler. After him are Erik Axel Karlfeldt, George Herbert Mead, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca, Theo van Doesburg, Joseph Joffre, and Carl Nielsen.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Albert A. Michelson ranks 63 out of 1,454Before him are Casimir III the Great (1310), Andrzej Wajda (1926), Bolesław I the Brave (967), Emil von Behring (1854), Erich von Falkenhayn (1861), and Jakob Böhme (1575). After him are Faustina Kowalska (1905), Gerhart Hauptmann (1862), Sigismund I the Old (1467), Werner von Blomberg (1878), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906), and Emanuel Lasker (1868).

Among PHYSICISTS In Poland

Among physicists born in Poland, Albert A. Michelson ranks 6Before him are Marie Curie (1867), Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686), Rudolf Clausius (1822), Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906), and Otto Stern (1888). After him are Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898), Klaus von Klitzing (1943), Joseph Rotblat (1908), Leopold Infeld (1898), Heinrich Wilhelm Dove (1803), and Vladimir Chelomey (1914).