Francesco Maria Grimaldi

1618 - 1663

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Francesco Maria Grimaldi, SJ (2 April 1618 – 28 December 1663) was an Italian Jesuit priest, mathematician and physicist who taught at the Jesuit college in Bologna. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francesco Maria Grimaldi has received more than 99,700 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Francesco Maria Grimaldi is the 208th most popular physicist (up from 214th in 2019), the 989th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,004th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Physicist.

Francesco Maria Grimaldi is most famous for his discovery of the diffraction of light.

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Among physicists, Francesco Maria Grimaldi ranks 208 out of 717Before him are Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Armen Sarkissian, Roy J. Glauber, Kai Siegbahn, Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, and Herbert Kroemer. After him are Simon van der Meer, Jerome Isaac Friedman, Vitaly Ginzburg, Max Delbrück, George E. Smith, and David Brewster.

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Among people born in 1618, Francesco Maria Grimaldi ranks 2Before him is Aurangzeb. After him are Elisabeth of the Palatinate, Jeremiah Horrocks, Hishikawa Moronobu, François Pierre La Varenne, François Blondel, Jan Dirksz Both, Juraj Križanić, Peter Lely, Michiel Sweerts, and Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy. Among people deceased in 1663, Francesco Maria Grimaldi ranks 3Before him are Joseph of Cupertino and Christine of France. After him are Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba, Princess Margaret Yolande of Savoy, William VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, Edward, Count Palatine of Simmern, Heinrich Scheidemann, and Giancarlo de' Medici.

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Among people born in Italy, Francesco Maria Grimaldi ranks 989 out of 4,668Before him are Melania the Younger (383), Masolino da Panicale (1383), Antipope Nicholas V (1260), Princess Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma (1870), Giuseppe Guarneri (1698), and Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo (5). After him are Flavio Briatore (1950), Sandro Pertini (1896), Maurizio Sarri (1959), Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608), Francesco Cossiga (1928), and Bartolomeo Colleoni (1400).


Among physicists born in Italy, Francesco Maria Grimaldi ranks 8Before him are Evangelista Torricelli (1608), Enrico Fermi (1901), Luigi Galvani (1737), Laura Bassi (1711), Emilio Segrè (1905), and Giorgio Parisi (1948). After him are Ettore Majorana (1906), Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746), Carlo Rubbia (1934), Bruno Pontecorvo (1913), Galileo Ferraris (1847), and Giovanni Aldini (1762).