Christiaan Huygens

1629 - 1695

Christiaan Huygens

Christiaan Huygens ( HY-gənz, also US: HOY-gənz, Dutch: [ˈkrɪstijaːn ˈɦœyɣə(n)s] (listen); Latin: Hugenius; 14 April 1629 – 8 July 1695), also spelled Huyghens, was a Dutch physicist, mathematician, astronomer and inventor, who is widely 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 inventor, he improved the design of the telescope with the invention of the Huygenian eyepiece. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christiaan Huygens has received more than 1,148,301 page views. His biography is available in 89 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 15th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Christiaan Huygens ranks 15 out of 659Before him are James Clerk Maxwell, André-Marie Ampère, Pierre Curie, Ernest Rutherford, Henri Becquerel, and James Prescott Joule. After him are Robert Hooke, Evangelista Torricelli, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Enrico Fermi, and Georg Ohm.

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

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Christiaan Huygens ranks 10 out of 908Before him are Johannes Vermeer (1632), Erasmus (1466), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Piet Mondrian (1872), and Johan Cruyff (1947). After him are Mata Hari (1876), Hugo Grotius (1583), Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Pope Adrian VI (1459), Hendrik Lorentz (1853), and Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938).

Among PHYSICISTS In Netherlands

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