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 142,127 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Frits Zernike is the 145th most popular physicist (down from 135th in 2019), the 74th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 54th in 2019) and the 9th 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 145 out of 721Before him are François Englert, Owen Chamberlain, Hans Bethe, Roger Penrose, Ilya Frank, and Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron. After him are Benjamin Thompson, Murray Gell-Mann, William Shockley, Hannes Alfvén, Javier Solana, and Ratko Janev.

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Among people born in 1888, Frits Zernike ranks 28Before him are Johannes Itten, Roland Garros, Alexander Friedmann, Anton Makarenko, Friedrich Olbricht, and Eugene O'Neill. After him are Andrei Tupolev, Selman Waksman, Inge Lehmann, Maurice Chevalier, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, and Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.. Among people deceased in 1966, Frits Zernike ranks 20Before him are Ken Miles, Sayyid Qutb, Felix Steiner, Dietrich von Choltitz, Cemal Gürsel, and George de Hevesy. After him are Célestin Freinet, Guillermo Stábile, Vincent Auriol, Paul Reynaud, Albert Göring, and Rolf Maximilian Sievert.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Frits Zernike ranks 74 out of 1,209Before him are Petrus Christus (1410), Sylvia Kristel (1952), William V, Prince of Orange (1748), Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (1584), William IV, Prince of Orange (1711), and Bernard Mandeville (1670). After him are Gerard van Honthorst (1592), Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612), Hugo de Vries (1848), Cornelius Jansen (1585), Menno Simons (1496), and Lucas van Leyden (1494).

Among PHYSICISTS In Netherlands

Among physicists born in Netherlands, Frits Zernike ranks 9Before him are Hendrik Lorentz (1853), Pieter Zeeman (1865), Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), Peter Debye (1884), and Simon van der Meer (1925). After him are Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920), Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931), Jan Ingenhousz (1730), Gerard 't Hooft (1946), Hans Kramers (1894), and Hendrik Casimir (1909).