Hermann von Helmholtz

1821 - 1894

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Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz (31 August 1821 – 8 September 1894) was a German physicist and physician who made significant contributions in several scientific fields. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hermann von Helmholtz has received more than 715,866 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Hermann von Helmholtz is the 45th most popular physicist (up from 54th in 2019), the 156th most popular biography from Germany (up from 172nd in 2019) and the 7th most popular German Physicist.

Hermann von Helmholtz is most famous for being the first person to measure the speed of nerve impulses.

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Among physicists, Hermann von Helmholtz ranks 45 out of 721. Before him are Lise Meitner, Pieter Zeeman, Léon Foucault, Philipp Lenard, Ludwig Boltzmann, and Paul Dirac. After him are Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Christian Doppler, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, William Gilbert, Georges Lemaître, and James Chadwick.

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Among people born in 1821, Hermann von Helmholtz ranks 4Before him are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Charles Baudelaire, and Gustave Flaubert. After him are Rudolf Virchow, Pafnuty Chebyshev, August Schleicher, Richard Francis Burton, Lola Montez, Auguste Mariette, Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria, and Elizabeth Blackwell. Among people deceased in 1894, Hermann von Helmholtz ranks 4Before him are Heinrich Hertz, Alexander III of Russia, and Robert Louis Stevenson. After him are Adolphe Sax, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Marie François Sadi Carnot, Gustave Caillebotte, Anton Rubinstein, Lajos Kossuth, Hans von Bülow, and Pafnuty Chebyshev.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Hermann von Helmholtz ranks 156 out of 5,289. Before him are Augustus II the Strong (1670), Frederick William III of Prussia (1770), Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), Johann Christian Bach (1735), Friedrich Ebert (1871), and Alois Alzheimer (1864). After him are Matthias Grünewald (1480), Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), Frederick William I of Prussia (1688), Friedrich Wöhler (1800), Gerhard Schröder (1944), and Walter Model (1891).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Hermann von Helmholtz ranks 7Before him are Albert Einstein (1879), Wilhelm Röntgen (1845), Max Planck (1858), Werner Heisenberg (1901), Georg Ohm (1789), and Heinrich Hertz (1857). After him are Otto von Guericke (1602), Gustav Ludwig Hertz (1887), Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804), Max von Laue (1879), Johannes Stark (1874), and Carl Zeiss (1816).