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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 with Félix Savart, established the reality of meteorites, made an early balloon flight, and studied the polarization of light. The biot (a CGS unit of electrical current), the mineral biotite, and Cape Biot in eastern Greenland were named in his honour. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Baptiste Biot has received more than 168,451 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia. Jean-Baptiste Biot is the 138th most popular physicist (down from 106th in 2019), the 647th most popular biography from France (down from 521st in 2019) and the 18th 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 138 out of 717Before him are Ernest Lawrence, Igor Tamm, Josiah Willard Gibbs, Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron, Albert Fert, and François Englert. After him are Jacques Charles, Frits Zernike, Hideki Yukawa, Robert Coleman Richardson, Felix Bloch, and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg.

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Among people born in 1774, Jean-Baptiste Biot ranks 4Before him are Caspar David Friedrich, Auguste de Marmont, and Anne Catherine Emmerich. After him are Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands, Francis Beaufort, 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, Samuel Colt, and John Tyler. After him are Bahadur Shah Zafar, James Clark Ross, Božena Němcová, Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, Fromental Halévy, Mikhail Ostrogradsky, and Karl Nesselrode.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean-Baptiste Biot ranks 647 out of 6,011Before him are Paul Broca (1824), Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), Éliphas Lévi (1810), Jean Jaurès (1859), Clotilde (475), and Lazare Carnot (1753). After him are Antoine-Jean Gros (1771), Félix Faure (1841), François Ravaillac (1578), Agnès Sorel (1422), Jacques Charles (1763), and Emmanuel de Grouchy, marquis de Grouchy (1766).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, Jean-Baptiste Biot ranks 18Before him are Hippolyte Fizeau (1819), Alfred Kastler (1902), Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788), François Arago (1786), Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron (1799), and Albert Fert (1938). After him are Jacques Charles (1763), Hans Bethe (1906), Edme Mariotte (1620), Louis Néel (1904), Claude-Louis Navier (1785), and Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (1932).