Hendrik Lorentz

1853 - 1928

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Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (; 18 July 1853 – 4 February 1928) was a Dutch physicist who shared the 1902 Nobel Prize in Physics with Pieter Zeeman for the discovery and theoretical explanation of the Zeeman effect. He derived the Lorentz transformation of the special theory of relativity, as well as the Lorentz force, which describes the combined electric and magnetic forces acting on a charged particle in an electromagnetic field. Lorentz was also responsible for the Lorentz oscillator model, a classical model used to describe the anomalous dispersion observed in dielectric materials when the driving frequency of the electric field was near the resonant frequency, resulting in abnormal refractive indices. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hendrik Lorentz has received more than 1,020,168 page views. His biography is available in 101 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 96 in 2019). Hendrik Lorentz is the 28th most popular physicist (up from 29th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 17th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Dutch Physicist.

Hendrik Lorentz is most famous for his work in the field of electromagnetism. He is credited with the discovery of the relationship between electricity and magnetism.

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Over the past year Hendrik Lorentz has had the most page views in the with 130,005 views, followed by Spanish (27,076), and Dutch (26,667). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Italian (84.70%), Hakka (63.25%), and West Frisian (51.12%)


Among physicists, Hendrik Lorentz ranks 28 out of 851Before him are Georg Ohm, Christiaan Huygens, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, James Clerk Maxwell, Edward Teller, and Heinrich Hertz. After him are Daniel Bernoulli, Ibn al-Haytham, Luigi Galvani, Gustav Kirchhoff, Max Born, and Andrei Sakharov.

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Among people born in 1853, Hendrik Lorentz ranks 3Before him are Vincent van Gogh, and Cecil Rhodes. After him are Wilhelm Ostwald, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Carl Larsson, Chulalongkorn, Albrecht Kossel, Aleksei Brusilov, José Martí, and Vladimir Solovyov. Among people deceased in 1928, Hendrik Lorentz ranks 2Before him is Roald Amundsen. After him are Wilhelm Wien, Leoš Janáček, Max Scheler, Maria Feodorovna, Emmeline Pankhurst, Édouard-Henri Avril, Pyotr Wrangel, Johannes Fibiger, Theodore William Richards, and Zhang Zuolin.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Hendrik Lorentz ranks 15 out of 1,646Before him are Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Christiaan Huygens (1629), Hugo Grotius (1583), Abel Tasman (1603), and Mata Hari (1876). After him are Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938), Daniel Bernoulli (1700), Pope Adrian VI (1459), Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880), Gerard 't Hooft (1946), and Pieter Zeeman (1865).

Among PHYSICISTS In Netherlands

Among physicists born in Netherlands, Hendrik Lorentz ranks 2Before him are Christiaan Huygens (1629). After him are Daniel Bernoulli (1700), Gerard 't Hooft (1946), Pieter Zeeman (1865), Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), Peter Debye (1884), Frits Zernike (1888), Simon van der Meer (1925), Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920), and Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931).