Benjamin Thompson

1753 - 1814

Benjamin Thompson

Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, FRS (German: Reichsgraf von Rumford; March 26, 1753 – August 21, 1814) was an American-born British physicist and inventor whose challenges to established physical theory were part of the 19th-century revolution in thermodynamics. He served as lieutenant-colonel of the King's American Dragoons, part of the British Loyalist forces, during the American Revolutionary War. After the end of the war he moved to London, where his administrative talents were recognized when he was appointed a full colonel, and in 1784 he received a knighthood from King George III. A prolific designer, Thompson also drew designs for warships. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benjamin Thompson has received more than 238,448 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 160th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Benjamin Thompson ranks 159 out of 659Before him are Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Willis Lamb, Hans Georg Dehmelt, Josiah Willard Gibbs, Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, and Polykarp Kusch. After him are Leo Szilard, Ilya Frank, Pyotr Kapitsa, Kip Thorne, Martin Lewis Perl, and Alexander Prokhorov.

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Among people born in 1753, Benjamin Thompson ranks 4Before him are Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Joseph de Maistre, and Utamaro. After him are Lazare Carnot, Jean-Baptiste Kléber, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Marie Joséphine of Savoy, Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, Jean Jacques Régis de Cambacérès, Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon, Duchess of Orléans, and Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Among people deceased in 1814, Benjamin Thompson ranks 6Before him are Marquis de Sade, Empress Joséphine, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, and Maria Carolina of Austria. After him are Marie-Louise O'Murphy, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Charles-Joseph, 7th Prince of Ligne, Frederick Christian II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt, and Aleijadinho.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Benjamin Thompson ranks 555 out of 12,171Before him are Howard Gardner (1943), Philip Glass (1937), Scott Joplin (1868), Ritchie Valens (1941), Buddy Holly (1936), and Mike Tyson (1966). After him are John Reed (1887), John Howard Northrop (1891), Liza Minnelli (1946), Robert Kardashian (1944), Talia Shire (1946), and David Copperfield (1956).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Benjamin Thompson ranks 20Before him are Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), Joseph Henry (1797), Donald A. Glaser (1926), Leon Cooper (1930), Willis Lamb (1913), and Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839). After him are Kip Thorne (1940), Martin Lewis Perl (1927), Steven Weinberg (1933), James Cronin (1931), George E. Smith (1930), and Jerome Isaac Friedman (1930).