Anders Johan Lexell

1740 - 1784

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Anders Johan Lexell (24 December 1740 – 11 December [O.S. 30 November] 1784) was a Finnish-Swedish astronomer, mathematician, and physicist who spent most of his life in Imperial Russia, where he was known as Andrei Ivanovich Leksel (Андрей Иванович Лексель). Lexell made important discoveries in polygonometry and celestial mechanics; the latter led to a comet named in his honour. La Grande Encyclopédie states that he was the prominent mathematician of his time who contributed to spherical trigonometry with new and interesting solutions, which he took as a basis for his research of comet and planet motion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anders Johan Lexell has received more than 41,008 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia. Anders Johan Lexell is the 454th most popular mathematician (down from 417th in 2019), the 115th most popular biography from Finland (down from 98th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Finnish Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Anders Johan Lexell ranks 454 out of 828Before him are Georgy Voronoy, Abraham Gotthelf Kästner, Francesco Maurolico, Michael O. Rabin, Mitchell Feigenbaum, and Geminus. After him are Abū Ja'far al-Khāzin, Johann Friedrich Pfaff, Ibn Sahl, Pavel Urysohn, Giovanni Antonio Magini, and Bruno Abakanowicz.

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Among people born in 1740, Anders Johan Lexell ranks 21Before him are James Boswell, Matthias Claudius, Adam Philippe, Comte de Custine, Juan Ignacio Molina, John Latham, and Leopold III, Duke of Anhalt-Dessau. After him are Johan Tobias Sergel, Princess Ernestine of Saxe-Weimar, Johan Andreas Murray, Ivan Lepyokhin, John Sullivan, and Samuel Arnold. Among people deceased in 1784, Anders Johan Lexell ranks 13Before him are Torbern Bergman, Phillis Wheatley, Otto Friedrich Müller, Princess Friederike Luise of Prussia, César-François Cassini de Thury, and Abraham Trembley. After him are Allan Ramsay and Caesar Rodney.

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Among people born in Finland, Anders Johan Lexell ranks 115 out of 509Before him are Anders Chydenius (1729), Karl-August Fagerholm (1901), Volmari Iso-Hollo (1907), Gustaf John Ramstedt (1873), Lill Lindfors (1940), and Bo Carpelan (1926). After him are Matti Vanhanen (1955), Aarre Merikanto (1893), Kaija Saariaho (1952), Gunnar Höckert (1910), Ilmari Salminen (1902), and Mauno Pekkala (1890).


Among mathematicians born in Finland, Anders Johan Lexell ranks 3Before him are Lars Ahlfors (1907) and Rolf Nevanlinna (1895). After him are Ernst Leonard Lindelöf (1870).