New games! PlayTrivia andBirthle.


Charles-Augustin de Coulomb

1736 - 1806

Photo of Charles-Augustin de Coulomb

Icon of person Charles-Augustin de Coulomb

Charles-Augustin de Coulomb (, KOO-lom, -⁠lohm, koo-LOM, -⁠LOHM; French: [kulɔ̃]; 14 June 1736 – 23 August 1806) was a French officer, engineer, and physicist. He is best known as the eponymous discoverer of what is now called Coulomb's law, the description of the electrostatic force of attraction and repulsion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles-Augustin de Coulomb has received more than 766,324 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Charles-Augustin de Coulomb is the 25th most popular physicist (up from 35th in 2019), the 95th most popular biography from France (up from 210th in 2019) and the 4th most popular French Physicist.

Charles-Augustin de Coulomb is most famous for his law of electrostatics. This law states that the magnitude of the electric force between two point charges is proportional to the product of the charges and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.

Memorability Metrics

  • 770k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 77.05

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 82

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 14.55

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.28

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Charles-Augustin de Coulombs by language


Among physicists, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb ranks 25 out of 717Before him are Werner Heisenberg, Henri Becquerel, Erwin Schrödinger, Christiaan Huygens, Enrico Fermi, and Heinrich Hertz. After him are Luigi Galvani, Daniel Bernoulli, Richard Feynman, Hendrik Lorentz, Ibn al-Haytham, and Henry Cavendish.

Most Popular Physicists in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1736, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb ranks 2Before him is James Watt. After him are Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Jean Sylvain Bailly, Rama I, Claude Nicolas Ledoux, James Macpherson, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé, Rudolf Erich Raspe, Princess Friederike of Brandenburg-Schwedt, and Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. Among people deceased in 1806, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb ranks 1After him are Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Utamaro, Charles-Henri Sanson, Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este, William V, Prince of Orange, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Carlo Gozzi, Michael Haydn, Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, and William Pitt the Younger.

Others Born in 1736

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1806

Go to all Rankings

In France

Among people born in France, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb ranks 95 out of 6,011Before him are Napoleon II (1811), Jean-François Champollion (1790), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841), Maurice Ravel (1875), Jean de La Fontaine (1621), and Madame de Pompadour (1721). After him are Henry II of France (1519), Philip V of Spain (1683), Peter Abelard (1079), Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1708), Charles Aznavour (1924), and Louis XVII of France (1785).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb ranks 4Before him are Pierre Curie (1859), André-Marie Ampère (1775), and Henri Becquerel (1852). After him are Henry Cavendish (1731), Louis de Broglie (1892), Léon Foucault (1819), Frédéric Joliot-Curie (1900), Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis (1792), Jean Baptiste Perrin (1870), Paul Langevin (1872), and Hippolyte Fizeau (1819).