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Hans Christian Ørsted

1777 - 1851

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Hans Christian Ørsted ( UR-sted, Danish: [ˈhænˀs ˈkʰʁestjæn ˈɶɐ̯steð] (listen); often rendered Oersted in English; 14 August 1777 – 9 March 1851) was a Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields, which was the first connection found between electricity and magnetism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans Christian Ørsted has received more than 1,133,098 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Hans Christian Ørsted is the 11th most popular physicist (up from 21st in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Denmark (up from 7th in 2019) and the most popular Danish Physicist.

Hans Christian Ørsted is most famous for his discovery of electromagnetism. He was the first to notice that electric currents produce magnetic fields.

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Among physicists, Hans Christian Ørsted ranks 11 out of 717Before him are Michael Faraday, Wilhelm Röntgen, Alessandro Volta, Max Planck, Robert Hooke, and Pierre Curie. After him are James Prescott Joule, André-Marie Ampère, Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr, James Clerk Maxwell, and Evangelista Torricelli.

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Among people born in 1777, Hans Christian Ørsted ranks 2Before him is Carl Friedrich Gauss. After him are Alexander I of Russia, Désirée Clary, Heinrich von Kleist, Henry Clay, Francis I of the Two Sicilies, Elisa Bonaparte, Archduchess Maria Clementina of Austria, Juliette Récamier, Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse, and Philipp Otto Runge. Among people deceased in 1851, Hans Christian Ørsted ranks 1After him are J. M. W. Turner, Mary Shelley, Louis Daguerre, Marie Thérèse of France, James Fenimore Cooper, Karl Drais, Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, and Manuel Godoy.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Hans Christian Ørsted ranks 2 out of 893Before him are Hans Christian Andersen (1805). After him are Søren Kierkegaard (1813), Niels Bohr (1885), Margrethe II of Denmark (1940), Ivar the Boneless (900), Björn Ironside (800), Vitus Bering (1681), Ole Rømer (1644), Karl Adolph Gjellerup (1857), Cnut the Great (995), and Christian VII of Denmark (1749).

Among PHYSICISTS In Denmark

Among physicists born in Denmark, Hans Christian Ørsted ranks 1After him are Niels Bohr (1885), Aage Bohr (1922), Christian Bohr (1855), Martin Knudsen (1871), Ole Worm (1588), Lene Hau (1959), and Ludvig Lorenz (1829).