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Christiaan Huygens

1629 - 1695

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Christiaan Huygens, Lord of Zeelhem, ( HY-gənz, US: HOY-gənz, Dutch: [ˈkrɪstijaːn ˈɦœyɣə(n)s] (listen), also spelled Huyghens; Latin: Hugenius; 14 April 1629 – 8 July 1695) was a Dutch mathematician, physicist, engineer, astronomer, and inventor, who is regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time and a major figure in the scientific revolution. In physics, Huygens made groundbreaking contributions in optics and mechanics, while as an astronomer he is chiefly known for his studies of the rings of Saturn and the discovery of its moon Titan. As an engineer and inventor, he improved the design of telescopes and invented the pendulum clock, a breakthrough in timekeeping and 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 1,665,634 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 91 in 2019). Christiaan Huygens is the 22nd most popular physicist (down from 18th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 10th in 2019) 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 22 out of 717Before him are James Clerk Maxwell, Evangelista Torricelli, Georg Ohm, Werner Heisenberg, Henri Becquerel, and Erwin Schrödinger. After him are Enrico Fermi, Heinrich Hertz, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, Luigi Galvani, Daniel Bernoulli, and Richard Feynman.

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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, Ernest Augustus, Elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Gabriël Metsu, John of Austria the Younger, Armand de Bourbon, Prince of Conti, Narai, Adolph John I, Count Palatine of Kleeburg, 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, Zumbi, Pierre Mignard, Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg, Thomas Tew, and Ludwika Karolina Radziwiłł.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Christiaan Huygens ranks 11 out of 1,427Before him are Baruch Spinoza (1632), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Piet Mondrian (1872), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), and Johan Cruyff (1947). After him are Hugo Grotius (1583), Mata Hari (1876), Abel Tasman (1603), Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938), Daniel Bernoulli (1700), and Hendrik Lorentz (1853).

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Among physicists born in Netherlands, Christiaan Huygens ranks 1After him are Daniel Bernoulli (1700), Hendrik Lorentz (1853), Pieter Zeeman (1865), Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), Peter Debye (1884), Frits Zernike (1888), Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920), Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931), Simon van der Meer (1925), and Jan Ingenhousz (1730).