François Arago

1786 - 1853

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Dominique François Jean Arago (Catalan: Domènec Francesc Joan Aragó), known simply as François Arago (French: [fʁɑ̃swa aʁaɡo]; Catalan: Francesc Aragó, IPA: [fɾənˈsɛsk əɾəˈɣo]; 26 February 1786 – 2 October 1853), was a French mathematician, physicist, astronomer, freemason, supporter of the Carbonari revolutionaries and politician. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of François Arago has received more than 286,768 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). François Arago is the 110th most popular physicist (up from 112th in 2019), the 536th most popular biography from France (down from 465th in 2019) and the 14th most popular French Physicist.

François Arago is most famous for being the first to measure the speed of light.

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Among physicists, François Arago ranks 110 out of 721Before him are Eugene Wigner, Clinton Davisson, Jean-Baptiste Biot, Manne Siegbahn, Ernest Lawrence, and Augustin-Jean Fresnel. After him are John Bardeen, Arno Allan Penzias, Igor Tamm, Kip Thorne, Auguste Piccard, and Felix Bloch.

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Among people born in 1786, François Arago ranks 6Before him are Carl Maria von Weber, John Vianney, Wilhelm Grimm, Christian VIII of Denmark, and Ludwig I of Bavaria. After him are Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Marie Walewska, Michel Eugène Chevreul, Sophie of France, John Franklin, and Davy Crockett. Among people deceased in 1853, François Arago ranks 2Before him is Christian Doppler. After him are Ludwig Tieck, Maria II of Portugal, Georg Friedrich Grotefend, Archduke Rainer Joseph of Austria, Matteo Carcassi, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Princess Maria Amélia of Brazil, Christian Leopold von Buch, Leopold Gmelin, and Józef Maria Hoene-Wroński.

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In France

Among people born in France, François Arago ranks 536 out of 5,234Before him are Antipope Clement VII (1342), Marcel Marceau (1923), Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788), Mary of Guise (1515), J. M. G. Le Clézio (1940), and William II of England (1056). After him are Joseph Black (1728), Louis Aragon (1897), Niki de Saint Phalle (1930), Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France (1781), Louis, Prince of Condé (1530), and Daniel Auber (1782).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, François Arago ranks 14Before him are Frédéric Joliot-Curie (1900), Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis (1792), Jean Baptiste Perrin (1870), Hippolyte Fizeau (1819), Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774), and Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788). After him are Albert Fert (1938), Paul Langevin (1872), Alfred Kastler (1902), Hans Bethe (1906), Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron (1799), and Jacques Charles (1763).