New games! PlayTrivia andBirthle.


Ernst Abbe

1840 - 1905

Photo of Ernst Abbe

Icon of person Ernst Abbe

Ernst Karl Abbe (23 January 1840 – 14 January 1905) was a German physicist, optical scientist, entrepreneur, 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 279,514 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Ernst Abbe is the 115th most popular physicist (down from 93rd in 2019), the 425th most popular biography from Germany (down from 359th in 2019) and the 21st most popular German Physicist.

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

Memorability Metrics

  • 280k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 66.92

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 62

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 10.11

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.30

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Ernst Abbes by language


Among physicists, Ernst Abbe ranks 115 out of 717Before him are Augustin-Jean Fresnel, J. Hans D. Jensen, Edward Victor Appleton, Julius von Mayer, Anders Jonas Ångström, and George Paget Thomson. After him are Aage Bohr, Auguste Piccard, Heinrich Rohrer, François Arago, Walter Houser Brattain, and C. F. Powell.

Most Popular Physicists in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1840, Ernst Abbe ranks 11Before him are Victoria, Princess Royal, Murad V, Odilon Redon, Carlota of Mexico, Alphonse Daudet, and Carl Menger. After him are John Boyd Dunlop, Edward Drinker Cope, Crazy Horse, Father Damien, August Bebel, and Thomas Hardy. Among people deceased in 1905, Ernst Abbe ranks 4Before him are Jules Verne, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and Muhammad Abduh. After him are Ferdinand von Richthofen, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, Adolph Menzel, Louise Michel, Carl Wernicke, and Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern.

Others Born in 1840

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1905

Go to all Rankings

In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Ernst Abbe ranks 425 out of 6,142Before him are Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers (1758), Hans Krebs (1898), Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1864), Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928), Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170), and Hans Fritzsche (1900). After him are Gerhard Richter (1932), Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), Julius Lothar Meyer (1830), Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886), Johann Georg Faust (1480), and Æthelwulf, King of Wessex (795).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Ernst Abbe ranks 21Before him are Johannes Stark (1874), James Franck (1882), Walther Bothe (1891), Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787), J. Hans D. Jensen (1907), and Julius von Mayer (1814). After him are Arno Allan Penzias (1933), Hans Georg Dehmelt (1922), Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742), Karl Schwarzschild (1873), Rudolf Mössbauer (1929), and Hans Geiger (1882).