David Brewster

1781 - 1868

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Sir David Brewster KH PRSE FRS FSA Scot FSSA MICE (11 December 1781 – 10 February 1868) was a Scottsh scientist, inventor, author, and academic administrator. In science he is principally remembered for his experimental work in physical optics, mostly concerned with the study of the polarization of light and including the discovery of Brewster's angle. He studied the birefringence of crystals under compression and discovered photoelasticity, thereby creating the field of optical mineralogy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Brewster has received more than 334,352 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). David Brewster is the 214th most popular physicist (down from 171st in 2019), the 694th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 568th in 2019) and the 25th most popular Physicist.

David Brewster was a Scottish scientist and inventor. He is most famous for inventing the kaleidoscope.

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Among physicists, David Brewster ranks 214 out of 717Before him are Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Simon van der Meer, Jerome Isaac Friedman, Vitaly Ginzburg, Max Delbrück, and George E. Smith. After him are Ratko Janev, Georg von Békésy, Bertram Brockhouse, Tsung-Dao Lee, Rolf Maximilian Sievert, and Mihajlo Pupin.

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Among people born in 1781, David Brewster ranks 12Before him are Bernard Bolzano, Siméon Denis Poisson, Adelbert von Chamisso, Stamford Raffles, Anton Diabelli, and Frederica of Baden. After him are Achim von Arnim, William I of Württemberg, Princess Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Mauro Giuliani, Joseph Karl Stieler, and Archduke Ferdinand Karl Joseph of Austria-Este. Among people deceased in 1868, David Brewster ranks 10Before him are August Ferdinand Möbius, Ludwig I of Bavaria, Mongkut, William T. G. Morton, August Schleicher, and Alexandre Colonna-Walewski. After him are Mihailo Obrenović, James Brooke, James Mayer de Rothschild, Adalbert Stifter, Okita Sōji, and Franz Berwald.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, David Brewster ranks 694 out of 7,765Before him are Richard of Cornwall (1209), Chris Norman (1950), Jessica Tandy (1909), Eleanor Marx (1855), Brian Eno (1948), and William Carey (1761). After him are Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853), Norman Angell (1872), Niels Kaj Jerne (1911), John McAfee (1945), Jeremy Brett (1933), and Bobby Robson (1933).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, David Brewster ranks 25Before him are Henry Moseley (1887), Edward Victor Appleton (1892), George Paget Thomson (1892), C. F. Powell (1903), Charles Glover Barkla (1877), and William Shockley (1910). After him are Charles Wheatstone (1802), Andrew Huxley (1917), John Kendrew (1917), Nevill Francis Mott (1905), David J. Thouless (1934), and Daniel Rutherford (1749).