Christiaan Huygens

1629 - 1695

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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 mathematician, physicist, 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 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 1,421,071 page views. His biography is available in 91 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 89 in 2019). Christiaan Huygens is the 18th most popular physicist (down from 15th in 2019), the 10th 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 18 out of 721Before him are Ernest Rutherford, James Clerk Maxwell, Robert Hooke, Werner Heisenberg, Evangelista Torricelli, and Henri Becquerel. After him are Georg Ohm, Erwin Schrödinger, Hans Christian Ørsted, Heinrich Hertz, Enrico Fermi, and Ibn al-Haytham.

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

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Among people born in Netherlands, Christiaan Huygens ranks 10 out of 1,209Before him are Baruch Spinoza (1632), Erasmus (1466), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Piet Mondrian (1872), and Mata Hari (1876). After him are Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Johan Cruyff (1947), Hugo Grotius (1583), Pope Adrian VI (1459), Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938), and Daniel Bernoulli (1700).

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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), Simon van der Meer (1925), Frits Zernike (1888), Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920), Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931), and Jan Ingenhousz (1730).