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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 74,263 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers is the 28th most popular astronomer (up from 29th in 2019), the 398th most popular biography from Germany (up from 408th in 2019) and the 4th 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

Among astronomers, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers ranks 28 out of 532Before him are Robert Woodrow Wilson, Aryabhata, Roger Joseph Boscovich, Giuseppe Piazzi, Arthur Eddington, and Wilhelm Schickard. After him are Mary Somerville, Jamshīd al-Kāshī, Johann Gottfried Galle, Jan Oort, Johannes Hevelius, and Giovanni Schiaparelli.

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Contemporaries

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

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers ranks 398 out of 5,289Before him are Max Bruch (1838), Johann Georg Faust (1480), Christopher of Bavaria (1416), Wilhelm Schickard (1592), Robert Bunsen (1811), and Lothar Matthäus (1961). After him are Carol I of Romania (1839), Friedrich Ratzel (1844), Chlodio (393), Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515), Franz Brentano (1838), and Frederica of Hanover (1917).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Germany

Among astronomers born in Germany, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers ranks 4Before him are Johannes Kepler (1571), William Herschel (1738), and Wilhelm Schickard (1592). After him are Johann Gottfried Galle (1812), Johann Bayer (1572), Caroline Herschel (1750), Simon Marius (1573), Max Wolf (1863), Heinrich Louis d'Arrest (1822), Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793), and Johann Franz Encke (1791).