Jean-Baptiste Biot

1774 - 1862

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Jean-Baptiste Biot (; French: [bjo]; 21 April 1774 – 3 February 1862) was a French physicist, astronomer, and mathematician who co-discovered the Biot-Savart law of magnetostatics, established the reality of meteorites, made an early balloon flight, and studied the polarization of light. The mineral biotite and Cape Biot in Greenland were named in his honor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Baptiste Biot has received more than 117,321 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Jean-Baptiste Biot is the 106th most popular physicist (up from 126th in 2019), the 522nd most popular biography from France (down from 512th in 2019) and the 12th most popular French Physicist.

Jean-Baptiste Biot was a French physicist who is most famous for his work in the field of optics. He was also a member of the French Academy of Sciences.

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Among physicists, Jean-Baptiste Biot ranks 106 out of 721. Before him are Hippolyte Fizeau, Pavel Cherenkov, Joseph Henry, C. F. Powell, Eugene Wigner, and Clinton Davisson. After him are Manne Siegbahn, Ernest Lawrence, Augustin-Jean Fresnel, François Arago, John Bardeen, and Arno Allan Penzias.

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Among people born in 1774, Jean-Baptiste Biot ranks 2Before him is Caspar David Friedrich. After him are Auguste de Marmont, Anne Catherine Emmerich, Francis Beaufort, Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands, Jean Marc Gaspard Itard, Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti, Gaspare Spontini, Pierre-Narcisse Guérin, Charles Bell, and William Henry. Among people deceased in 1862, Jean-Baptiste Biot ranks 5Before him are Martin Van Buren, Henry David Thoreau, John Tyler, and Samuel Colt. After him are James Clark Ross, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Mikhail Ostrogradsky, Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, Fromental Halévy, Božena Němcová, and Karl Nesselrode.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean-Baptiste Biot ranks 522 out of 5,234. Before him are Princess Marie Bonaparte (1882), Pierre de Marivaux (1688), Pierre Boulez (1925), Henri Barbusse (1873), Alexandre Cabanel (1823), and René Laennec (1781). After him are Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786), Henry I, Duke of Guise (1550), Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848), Marcel Mauss (1872), Chilperic I (539), and Rashi (1040).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, Jean-Baptiste Biot ranks 12Before him are Charles-Augustin de Coulomb (1736), Léon Foucault (1819), Frédéric Joliot-Curie (1900), Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis (1792), Jean Baptiste Perrin (1870), and Hippolyte Fizeau (1819). After him are Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788), François Arago (1786), Albert Fert (1938), Paul Langevin (1872), Alfred Kastler (1902), and Hans Bethe (1906).