Jean Baptiste Perrin

1870 - 1942

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Jean Baptiste Perrin (30 September 1870 – 17 April 1942) was a French physicist who, in his studies of the Brownian motion of minute particles suspended in liquids (sedimentation equilibrium), verified Albert Einstein's explanation of this phenomenon and thereby confirmed the atomic nature of matter. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Baptiste Perrin has received more than 234,017 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 76 in 2019). Jean Baptiste Perrin is the 87th most popular physicist (down from 75th in 2019), the 385th most popular biography from France (down from 368th in 2019) and the 11th most popular French Physicist.

Jean Baptiste Perrin was a French physicist who is most famous for his work in the field of atomic physics. He is credited with the discovery of the neutron, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1926.

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Among physicists, Jean Baptiste Perrin ranks 87 out of 851Before him are Percy Williams Bridgman, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, John Bardeen, Hans Bethe, Victor Francis Hess, and Albert A. Michelson. After him are Clinton Davisson, Carl Zeiss, Wilhelm Eduard Weber, Ernst Ruska, Leo Szilard, and Peter Higgs.

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Among people born in 1870, Jean Baptiste Perrin ranks 6Before him are Vladimir Lenin, Maria Montessori, Alfred Adler, Christian X of Denmark, and Franz Lehár. After him are Jules Bordet, Adolf Loos, Albert Fish, Miguel Primo de Rivera, William G. Morgan, and Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach. Among people deceased in 1942, Jean Baptiste Perrin ranks 9Before him are Janusz Korczak, Robert Musil, Edith Stein, José Raúl Capablanca, Bronisław Malinowski, and Anton Drexler. After him are Lucy Maud Montgomery, William G. Morgan, Richard Willstätter, William Henry Bragg, Robert Bosch, and Fritz Todt.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean Baptiste Perrin ranks 385 out of 6,770Before him are Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645), John Vianney (1786), Hans Bethe (1906), Louis-Nicolas Davout (1770), Jean-Martin Charcot (1825), and Jeanne d'Albret (1528). After him are Léo Delibes (1836), Louis IV of France (920), Fernandel (1903), Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715), Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908), and Jules Rimet (1873).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, Jean Baptiste Perrin ranks 11Before him are Henry Cavendish (1731), Frédéric Joliot-Curie (1900), Léon Foucault (1819), Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis (1792), Louis de Broglie (1892), and Hans Bethe (1906). After him are François Arago (1786), Alfred Kastler (1902), Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774), Hippolyte Fizeau (1819), Paul Langevin (1872), and Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788).