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Frits Zernike

1888 - 1966

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Frits Zernike (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfrɪtˈsɛrnikə]; 16 July 1888 – 10 March 1966) was a Dutch physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1953 for his invention of the phase-contrast microscope. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frits Zernike has received more than 165,639 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Frits Zernike is the 140th most popular physicist (up from 145th in 2019), the 67th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 74th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Dutch Physicist.

Frits Zernike was a Dutch physicist who invented the Zernike polynomials. These polynomials are used to describe the shape of a wavefront.

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Among physicists, Frits Zernike ranks 140 out of 717Before him are Josiah Willard Gibbs, Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron, Albert Fert, François Englert, Jean-Baptiste Biot, and Jacques Charles. After him are Hideki Yukawa, Robert Coleman Richardson, Felix Bloch, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Karl Schwarzschild, and Hans Bethe.

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Among people born in 1888, Frits Zernike ranks 30Before him are Alexander Friedmann, Herbert Spencer Gasser, T. S. Eliot, Eugene O'Neill, Gerrit Rietveld, and Selman Waksman. After him are Inge Lehmann, Andrei Tupolev, Maurice Chevalier, Anton Makarenko, Josef Albers, and Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.. Among people deceased in 1966, Frits Zernike ranks 20Before him are Chester W. Nimitz, Montgomery Clift, Dietrich von Choltitz, Felix Steiner, Cemal Gürsel, and George de Hevesy. After him are Lal Bahadur Shastri, Célestin Freinet, Vincent Auriol, Albert Göring, Paul Reynaud, and Guillermo Stábile.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Frits Zernike ranks 67 out of 1,427Before him are Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907), Theo van Gogh (1857), Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (1584), Peter Canisius (1521), Gerrit Rietveld (1888), and Tobias Asser (1838). After him are William IV, Prince of Orange (1711), Dieric Bouts (1415), Jan Tinbergen (1903), William V, Prince of Orange (1748), Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836), and Jacob Roggeveen (1659).

Among PHYSICISTS In Netherlands

Among physicists born in Netherlands, Frits Zernike ranks 8Before him are Daniel Bernoulli (1700), Hendrik Lorentz (1853), Pieter Zeeman (1865), Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), and Peter Debye (1884). After him are Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920), Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931), Simon van der Meer (1925), Jan Ingenhousz (1730), Gerard 't Hooft (1946), and Hans Kramers (1894).