Ibn al-Haytham

965 - 1039

Ibn al-Haytham

Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham (Latinized as Alhazen ; full name Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham أبو علي، الحسن بن الحسن بن الهيثم; c. 965 – c. 1040) was an Arab mathematician, astronomer, and physicist of the Islamic Golden Age. Referred to as "the father of modern optics", he made significant contributions to the principles of optics and visual perception in particular. His most influential work is titled Kitāb al-Manāẓir (Arabic: كتاب المناظر, "Book of Optics"), written during 1011–1021, which survived in a Latin edition. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ibn al-Haytham has received more than 1,101,601 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 24th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Ibn al-Haytham ranks 24 out of 659Before him are Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Enrico Fermi, Georg Ohm, Heinrich Hertz, and Hans Christian Ørsted. After him are Hendrik Lorentz, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, J. J. Thomson, Henry Cavendish, Luigi Galvani, and Daniel Bernoulli.

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Among people born in 965, Ibn al-Haytham ranks 1After him are Hisham II, Henry I, Margrave of Austria, Theodoric I, Duke of Upper Lorraine, and Frederick of Luxembourg. Among people deceased in 1039, Ibn al-Haytham ranks 1After him are Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor, Cunigunde of Luxembourg, Dirk III, Count of Holland, and Unsuri.

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Among people born in Iraq, Ibn al-Haytham ranks 7 out of 262Before him are Abraham (-1813), Saladin (1138), Hammurabi (-1810), Saddam Hussein (1937), Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), and Sarah (-1803). After him are Abu Hanifa (698), Ashurbanipal (-685), Mani (216), Al-Kindi (801), Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), and Amos Oz (1939).

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