Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

1742 - 1799

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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1 July 1742 – 24 February 1799) was a German physicist, satirist, and Anglophile. As a scientist, he was the first to hold a professorship explicitly dedicated to experimental physics in Germany. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg has received more than 307,676 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Georg Christoph Lichtenberg is the 156th most popular physicist (down from 144th in 2019), the 525th most popular biography from Germany (up from 535th in 2019) and the 26th most popular German Physicist.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg is most famous for his aphorisms. He was a German scientist, philosopher, and satirist.

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Among physicists, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg ranks 156 out of 851Before him are Willard Boyle, Johann Jakob Balmer, Albert Fert, Hans Geiger, Maurice Wilkins, and Arthur Compton. After him are Hugh Everett III, Henry Moseley, Nicolaas Bloembergen, Klaus Fuchs, Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron, and Louis Néel.

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Among people born in 1742, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg ranks 7Before him are Pope Pius VII, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Yemelyan Pugachev, Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen, and Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar. After him are Nicolas Leblanc, Dositej Obradović, Jean-Mathieu-Philibert Sérurier, François Laurent d'Arlandes, Jakob Friedrich Ehrhart, and Ignaz von Born. Among people deceased in 1799, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg ranks 9Before him are Pope Pius VI, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Pierre Beaumarchais, Tipu Sultan, Joseph Black, and Lazzaro Spallanzani. After him are Horace Bénédict de Saussure, Victoire of France, Heshen, Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria, Étienne-Louis Boullée, and Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg ranks 525 out of 7,253Before him are Wassily Leontief (1906), Hans Spemann (1869), Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604), Albert, Duke of Prussia (1490), F. W. Murnau (1888), and Peter Simon Pallas (1741). After him are Frederick Trump (1869), Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1858), Princess Charlotte of Prussia (1860), Paul Breitner (1951), Dieter Bohlen (1954), and Friedrich Olbricht (1888).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg ranks 26Before him are Ernst Abbe (1840), Walther Bothe (1891), Rudolf Mössbauer (1929), George Paget Thomson (1892), Karl Schwarzschild (1873), and Hans Geiger (1882). After him are Klaus Fuchs (1911), Gerd Binnig (1947), Hans Georg Dehmelt (1922), Polykarp Kusch (1911), Gustav Ludwig Hertz (1887), and Wolfgang Paul (1913).