Johann Heinrich Lambert

1728 - 1777

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Johann Heinrich Lambert (German: [ˈlambɛʁt], Jean-Henri Lambert in French; 26 or 28 August 1728 – 25 September 1777) was a Swiss polymath 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 203,329 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Johann Heinrich Lambert is the 76th most popular mathematician (up from 88th in 2019), the 479th most popular biography from France (up from 557th in 2019) and the 18th 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 828Before him are Émilie du Châtelet, G. H. Hardy, Gaspard Monge, Richard Dedekind, Siméon Denis Poisson, and Andrey Kolmogorov. After him are Benoit Mandelbrot, Jacob Bernoulli, Katherine Johnson, Regiomontanus, Bhāskara II, and Ctesibius.

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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, Chevalier d'Éon, Niccolò Piccinni, Étienne-Louis Boullée, Robert Adam, Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden, Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, and John Hunter. Among people deceased in 1777, Johann Heinrich Lambert ranks 1After him are Joseph I of Portugal, Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria, Albrecht von Haller, Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben, Charles de Brosses, Johann Andreas Segner, Charles-Joseph Natoire, Maxim Berezovsky, Alexander Sumarokov, and Bernard de Jussieu.

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Among people born in France, Johann Heinrich Lambert ranks 479 out of 5,234Before him are Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), Jacques Hébert (1757), Hortense de Beauharnais (1783), Francis Picabia (1879), Lucien Bonaparte (1775), and Étienne de La Boétie (1530). After him are Christine Lagarde (1956), Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1747), André Maurois (1885), Frédéric Bazille (1841), Anne Robert Jacques Turgot (1727), and Bernard Arnault (1949).


Among mathematicians born in France, Johann Heinrich Lambert ranks 18Before him are Marin Mersenne (1588), Abraham de Moivre (1667), Urbain Le Verrier (1811), Émilie du Châtelet (1706), Gaspard Monge (1746), and Siméon Denis Poisson (1781). After him are Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698), Jean-Victor Poncelet (1788), Girard Desargues (1591), and Charles Hermite (1822).