Christiaan Huygens

1629 - 1695

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Christiaan Huygens, Lord of Zeelhem, ( HY-gənz, US: HOY-gənz, Dutch: [ˈkrɪstijaːn ˈɦœyɣə(n)s] ; also spelled Huyghens; Latin: Hugenius; 14 April 1629 – 8 July 1695) was a Dutch mathematician, physicist, engineer, astronomer, and inventor who is regarded as a key figure in the Scientific Revolution. In physics, Huygens made seminal contributions to optics and mechanics, while as an astronomer he studied the rings of Saturn and discovered its largest moon, Titan. As an engineer and inventor, he improved the design of telescopes and invented the pendulum clock, the most accurate timekeeper for almost 300 years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christiaan Huygens has received more than 2,034,690 page views. His biography is available in 99 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Christiaan Huygens is the 23rd most popular physicist (down from 22nd in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Netherlands and the most popular Dutch Physicist.

Christiaan Huygens was a Dutch mathematician and astronomer who is most famous for inventing the pendulum clock in 1656.

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Among physicists, Christiaan Huygens ranks 23 out of 851Before him are Evangelista Torricelli, Henri Becquerel, Enrico Fermi, André-Marie Ampère, Erwin Schrödinger, and Georg Ohm. After him are Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, James Clerk Maxwell, Edward Teller, Heinrich Hertz, Hendrik Lorentz, and Daniel Bernoulli.

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Among people born in 1629, Christiaan Huygens ranks 1After him are John III Sobieski, Alexis of Russia, Pieter de Hooch, Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias, Gabriël Metsu, Ernest Augustus, Elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg, John of Austria the Younger, Narai, Armand de Bourbon, Prince of Conti, William VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, and Charles II, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat. Among people deceased in 1695, Christiaan Huygens ranks 1After him are Jean de La Fontaine, Ahmed II, Henry Purcell, Juana Inés de la Cruz, Johann Ambrosius Bach, Pierre Mignard, Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Zumbi, Thomas Tew, François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg, and Ludwika Karolina Radziwiłł.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Christiaan Huygens ranks 11 out of 1,646Before him are Baruch Spinoza (1632), Piet Mondrian (1872), Johan Cruyff (1947), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632). After him are Hugo Grotius (1583), Abel Tasman (1603), Mata Hari (1876), Hendrik Lorentz (1853), Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938), and Daniel Bernoulli (1700).

Among PHYSICISTS In Netherlands

Among physicists born in Netherlands, Christiaan Huygens ranks 1After him are Hendrik Lorentz (1853), Daniel Bernoulli (1700), Gerard 't Hooft (1946), Pieter Zeeman (1865), Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), Peter Debye (1884), Frits Zernike (1888), Simon van der Meer (1925), Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920), and Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931).