Henry Cavendish

1731 - 1810

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Henry Cavendish FRS (; 10 October 1731 – 24 February 1810) was an English natural philosopher, scientist, and an important experimental and theoretical chemist and physicist. He is noted for his discovery of hydrogen, which he termed "inflammable air". He described the density of inflammable air, which formed water on combustion, in a 1766 paper, On Factitious Airs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry Cavendish has received more than 958,965 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Henry Cavendish is the 30th most popular physicist (down from 28th in 2019), the 160th most popular biography from France (down from 149th in 2019) and the 5th most popular French Physicist.

Henry Cavendish is most famous for his experiments with electricity. He was the first person to measure the density of the Earth.

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Among physicists, Henry Cavendish ranks 30 out of 721Before him are Ibn al-Haytham, Pierre Curie, Daniel Bernoulli, Hendrik Lorentz, Luigi Galvani, and Louis de Broglie. After him are Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Richard Feynman, J. J. Thomson, Gustav Kirchhoff, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, and Ernst Mach.

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Among people born in 1731, Henry Cavendish ranks 1After him are Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France, Erasmus Darwin, Martha Washington, Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron, Gaetano Pugnani, Ove Høegh-Guldberg, Marcello Bacciarelli, William Aiton, Christian Cannabich, Maria Fortunata d'Este, and William Cowper. Among people deceased in 1810, Henry Cavendish ranks 1After him are Axel von Fersen the Younger, Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Jean-Georges Noverre, Marie Joséphine of Savoy, Nachman of Breslov, Chevalier d'Éon, Johann Wilhelm Ritter, Philipp Otto Runge, Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber, Andrianampoinimerina, and Andreas Hofer.

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In France

Among people born in France, Henry Cavendish ranks 160 out of 5,234Before him are Charles V of France (1338), Pope John XXII (1244), Sully Prudhomme (1839), Louis de Broglie (1892), Erik Satie (1866), and Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122). After him are Jean Bodin (1530), Pope Sylvester II (938), Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683), Pope Gregory XI (1370), Théodore Géricault (1791), and Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, Henry Cavendish ranks 5Before him are André-Marie Ampère (1775), Henri Becquerel (1852), Pierre Curie (1859), and Louis de Broglie (1892). After him are Charles-Augustin de Coulomb (1736), Léon Foucault (1819), Frédéric Joliot-Curie (1900), Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis (1792), Jean Baptiste Perrin (1870), Hippolyte Fizeau (1819), and Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774).