PHYSICIST

George Johnstone Stoney

1826 - 1911

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George Johnstone Stoney FRS (15 February 1826 – 5 July 1911) was an Irish physicist. He is most famous for introducing the term electron as the "fundamental unit quantity of electricity".He had introduced the concept, though not the word, as early as 1874, initially naming it "electrine", and the word itself came in 1891. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Johnstone Stoney has received more than 126,786 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). George Johnstone Stoney is the 339th most popular physicist (up from 349th in 2019), the 69th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 68th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Irish Physicist.

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Among PHYSICISTS

Among physicists, George Johnstone Stoney ranks 339 out of 721Before him are Johann Wilhelm Hittorf, Manfred von Ardenne, Abdul Qadeer Khan, Marguerite Perey, Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, and John C. Mather. After him are John Henry Poynting, Franz Ernst Neumann, Friedrich Paschen, George Francis FitzGerald, Abram Ioffe, and Walter H. Schottky.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1826, George Johnstone Stoney ranks 18Before him are Stanislao Cannizzaro, Danilo I, Prince of Montenegro, Frederic Edwin Church, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Adolf Bastian, and Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. After him are Karl von Piloty, Stephen Foster, Cetshwayo kaMpande, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Mikhailovna of Russia, George B. McClellan, and Henri Mouhot. Among people deceased in 1911, George Johnstone Stoney ranks 26Before him are Sam Loyd, Joseph Dalton Hooker, Jules Joseph Lefebvre, Princess Maria Clotilde of Savoy, Jack Daniel, and Jules Brunet. After him are Jozef Israëls, Joseph Bell, Alexandre Guilmant, Christian Bohr, Édouard André, and James Curtis Hepburn.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, George Johnstone Stoney ranks 69 out of 460Before him are Brian Boru (941), Malcolm II of Scotland (954), Oliver Goldsmith (1728), Edmund the Martyr (841), Brigid of Kildare (451), and Brian Cowen (1960). After him are James Barry (1795), George Francis FitzGerald (1851), Eystein II of Norway (1125), Maureen O'Sullivan (1911), Kevin Roche (1922), and Mary Robinson (1944).

Among PHYSICISTS In Ireland

Among physicists born in Ireland, George Johnstone Stoney ranks 4Before him are William Rowan Hamilton (1805), John Tyndall (1820), and Ernest Walton (1903). After him are George Francis FitzGerald (1851), John Sealy Townsend (1868), and John Joly (1857).