Ernst Abbe

1840 - 1905

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Ernst Karl Abbe (23 January 1840 – 14 January 1905) was a German businessman, optical engineer, physicist, and social reformer. Together with Otto Schott and Carl Zeiss, he developed numerous optical instruments. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernst Abbe has received more than 306,953 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Ernst Abbe is the 131st most popular physicist (down from 115th in 2019), the 426th most popular biography from Germany (down from 425th in 2019) and the 20th most popular German Physicist.

Ernst Abbe was a German physicist and mathematician who is most famous for the invention of the Abbe refractometer.

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Over the past year Ernst Abbe has had the most page views in the with 37,616 views, followed by English (29,554), and Spanish (6,253). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Thai (456.38%), Portuguese (411.72%), and Hindi (89.30%)


Among physicists, Ernst Abbe ranks 131 out of 851Before him are C. V. Raman, Val Logsdon Fitch, François Englert, Robert Coleman Richardson, Arno Allan Penzias, and Frits Zernike. After him are Laura Bassi, Felix Bloch, Walther Bothe, Hideki Yukawa, William Henry Bragg, and Peter Grünberg.

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Among people born in 1840, Ernst Abbe ranks 12Before him are Murad V, Victoria, Princess Royal, Alphonse Daudet, Odilon Redon, Edward Drinker Cope, and Carl Menger. After him are Carlota of Mexico, John Boyd Dunlop, August Bebel, Father Damien, Per Teodor Cleve, and Thomas Hardy. Among people deceased in 1905, Ernst Abbe ranks 5Before him are Jules Verne, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Muhammad Abduh, and Ferdinand von Richthofen. After him are Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Per Teodor Cleve, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Louise Michel, Adolph Menzel, and Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Ernst Abbe ranks 426 out of 7,253Before him are Arno Allan Penzias (1933), Richard Willstätter (1872), Helmuth Weidling (1891), Æthelwulf, King of Wessex (795), Regiomontanus (1436), and Richard von Weizsäcker (1920). After him are Kurt Georg Kiesinger (1904), Max Bruch (1838), Hans Fischer (1881), Georg von Küchler (1881), Carol I of Romania (1839), and Uwe Seeler (1936).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Ernst Abbe ranks 20Before him are Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804), Ernst Ruska (1906), Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787), James Franck (1882), Julius von Mayer (1814), and Arno Allan Penzias (1933). After him are Walther Bothe (1891), Rudolf Mössbauer (1929), George Paget Thomson (1892), Karl Schwarzschild (1873), Hans Geiger (1882), and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742).