Johann Heinrich Lambert

1728 - 1777

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Johann Heinrich Lambert (German: [ˈlambɛɐ̯t], Jean-Henri Lambert in French; 26 or 28 August 1728 – 25 September 1777) was a polymath from the Republic of Mulhouse, generally identified as either Swiss or French, who made important contributions to the subjects of mathematics, physics (particularly optics), philosophy, astronomy and map projections. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johann Heinrich Lambert has received more than 301,431 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Johann Heinrich Lambert is the 76th most popular mathematician (up from 83rd in 2019), the 533rd most popular biography from France (up from 559th in 2019) and the 17th most popular French Mathematician.

Lambert was a physicist who is most famous for his law of photometry, which states that the luminous intensity of a light source is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source.

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Among mathematicians, Johann Heinrich Lambert ranks 76 out of 1,004Before him are Richard Dedekind, Alexander Grothendieck, Nikolai Lobachevsky, Bonaventura Cavalieri, Zhang Heng, and Alfred North Whitehead. After him are Benoit Mandelbrot, Augustus De Morgan, Andrey Kolmogorov, Jacob Bernoulli, Regiomontanus, and Pappus of Alexandria.

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Among people born in 1728, Johann Heinrich Lambert ranks 3Before him are James Cook, and Peter III of Russia. After him are Joseph Black, Anton Raphael Mengs, Niccolò Piccinni, Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden, Étienne-Louis Boullée, Chevalier d'Éon, Ali Bey al-Kabir, Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, and Antoine Baumé. Among people deceased in 1777, Johann Heinrich Lambert ranks 2Before him is Joseph I of Portugal. After him are Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria, Albrecht von Haller, Marie Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin, Maxim Berezovsky, Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Charles de Brosses, Infante Philip, Duke of Calabria, Johann Andreas Segner, Charles-Joseph Natoire, and Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben.

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Among people born in France, Johann Heinrich Lambert ranks 533 out of 6,770Before him are Richard Clayderman (1953), Charles Richet (1850), Hilary of Poitiers (315), Joseph Joffre (1852), Avitus (395), and Marcel Mauss (1872). After him are Théodore Rousseau (1812), Louis, Grand Condé (1621), Boris Vian (1920), Jacques Hébert (1757), Héloïse (1101), and Baldwin I, Latin Emperor (1172).


Among mathematicians born in France, Johann Heinrich Lambert ranks 17Before him are Sophie Germain (1776), Marin Mersenne (1588), Gaspard Monge (1746), Émilie du Châtelet (1706), Urbain Le Verrier (1811), and Abraham de Moivre (1667). After him are Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698), Charles Hermite (1822), and Girard Desargues (1591).