Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers

1758 - 1840

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Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers (; German: [ˈɔlbɐs]; 11 October 1758 – 2 March 1840) was a German astronomer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers has received more than 97,785 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers is the 21st most popular astronomer (up from 26th in 2019), the 277th most popular biography from Germany (up from 419th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular German Astronomer.

Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers is most famous for his astronomical paradox, which states that the night sky should be infinitely bright because of the infinite number of stars in the universe.

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Over the past year Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers has had the most page views in the with 13,895 views, followed by Ukrainian (5,434), and German (4,851). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Ukrainian (277.89%), Mingrelian (176.95%), and Lombard (101.06%)


Among astronomers, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers ranks 21 out of 644Before him are Carl Sagan, Aryabhata, Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Charles Messier. After him are Avempace, Edmond Halley, Roger Joseph Boscovich, Charles Greeley Abbot, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and Giuseppe Piazzi.

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Among people born in 1758, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers ranks 5Before him are Maximilien Robespierre, Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, James Monroe, and Noah Webster. After him are André Masséna, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Kamehameha I, Emperor Go-Momozono, Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier, Franz Joseph Gall, and Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Among people deceased in 1840, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers ranks 4Before him are Niccolò Paganini, Caspar David Friedrich, and Frederick William III of Prussia. After him are Lucien Bonaparte, Emperor Kōkaku, Siméon Denis Poisson, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia, Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, Jacques MacDonald, and Louis de Bonald.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers ranks 277 out of 7,253Before him are Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1691), Michael Ende (1929), Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928), Wilhelm Frick (1877), Lothar Matthäus (1961), and Adolf Dassler (1900). After him are Max Horkheimer (1895), Friedrich Schlegel (1772), Anton Drexler (1884), Athanasius Kircher (1602), Klaus Barbie (1913), and Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Germany

Among astronomers born in Germany, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers ranks 3Before him are Johannes Kepler (1571), and William Herschel (1738). After him are Caroline Herschel (1750), Johann Gottfried Galle (1812), Wilhelm Schickard (1592), Heinrich Louis d'Arrest (1822), Max Wolf (1863), Johann Bayer (1572), Johann Franz Encke (1791), Simon Marius (1573), and Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793).