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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 physician and astronomer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers has received more than 81,533 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers is the 26th most popular astronomer (up from 28th in 2019), the 419th most popular biography from Germany (down from 398th 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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Among astronomers, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers ranks 26 out of 531Before him are Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Robert Woodrow Wilson, Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Charles Messier, Giuseppe Piazzi, and Johannes Hevelius. After him are Jamshīd al-Kāshī, Roger Joseph Boscovich, Avempace, William Alfred Fowler, Johann Gottfried Galle, and Fred Hoyle.

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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 André Masséna. After him are Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Emperor Go-Momozono, Kamehameha I, Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier, Franz Joseph Gall, Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Antoine Isaac Silvestre de Sacy. Among people deceased in 1840, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers ranks 6Before him are Niccolò Paganini, Caspar David Friedrich, Frederick William III of Prussia, Emperor Kōkaku, and Lucien Bonaparte. After him are Siméon Denis Poisson, Jacques MacDonald, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, Maria Beatrice of Savoy, José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia, and Louis de Bonald.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers ranks 419 out of 6,142Before him are Erwin Panofsky (1892), Lothar Matthäus (1961), Friedrich Bessel (1784), Julius von Mayer (1814), Frederica of Hanover (1917), and Caroline of Baden (1776). After him are Hans Krebs (1898), Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1864), Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928), Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170), Hans Fritzsche (1900), and Ernst Abbe (1840).

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 Johann Gottfried Galle (1812), Johann Bayer (1572), Caroline Herschel (1750), Wilhelm Schickard (1592), Simon Marius (1573), Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793), Heinrich Louis d'Arrest (1822), Max Wolf (1863), and Karl Ludwig Harding (1765).