Ernst Mach

1838 - 1916

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Ernst Waldfried Josef Wenzel Mach ( MAHKH, German: [ɛʁnst ˈmax]; 18 February 1838 – 19 February 1916) was a Czech physicist and philosopher, who contributed to the physics of shock waves. The ratio of the speed of a flow or object to that of sound is named the Mach number in his honour. As a philosopher of science, he was a major influence on logical positivism and American pragmatism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernst Mach has received more than 915,341 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Ernst Mach is the 54th most popular physicist (down from 43rd in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from Czechia (down from 20th in 2019) and the most popular Czech Physicist.

Ernst Mach is most famous for his contributions to the field of physics. He is well known for his contributions to the study of sound and optics. He also made significant contributions to the fields of thermodynamics and mechanics.

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Among physicists, Ernst Mach ranks 54 out of 851Before him are Léon Foucault, Christian Doppler, Barry Barish, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, and Wilhelm Wien. After him are Gabriel Lippmann, Thomas Young, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Ludwig Boltzmann, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Robert Andrews Millikan.

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Among people born in 1838, Ernst Mach ranks 3Before him are Georges Bizet, and John Wilkes Booth. After him are Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Max Bruch, Jan Matejko, Luís I of Portugal, Tobias Asser, Ernest Solvay, Franz Brentano, Émile Loubet, and Léon Gambetta. Among people deceased in 1916, Ernst Mach ranks 4Before him are Grigori Rasputin, Franz Joseph I of Austria, and Jack London. After him are Yuan Shikai, Henryk Sienkiewicz, William Ramsay, Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Élie Metchnikoff, Franz Marc, Odilon Redon, and Umberto Boccioni.

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In Czechia

Among people born in Czechia, Ernst Mach ranks 25 out of 1,200Before him are Karel Čapek (1890), Wilhelm Steinitz (1836), Albrecht von Wallenstein (1583), Kurt Gödel (1906), Joseph Schumpeter (1883), and Bertha von Suttner (1843). After him are Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850), Joseph Radetzky von Radetz (1766), Miloš Forman (1932), Jaroslav Hašek (1883), Edvard Beneš (1884), and Václav Klaus (1941).

Among PHYSICISTS In Czechia

Among physicists born in Czechia, Ernst Mach ranks 1After him are Peter Grünberg (1939), Christian Mayer (1719), Franz Josef Gerstner (1756), and Emil Wolf (1922).