John Canton

1718 - 1772

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John Canton (31 July 1718 – 22 March 1772) was a British physicist. He was born in Middle Street Stroud, Gloucestershire, to a weaver, John Canton (b. 1687) and Esther (née Davis). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Canton has received more than 48,814 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). John Canton is the 405th most popular physicist (up from 466th in 2019), the 1,609th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 2,193rd in 2019) and the 46th most popular British Physicist.

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Among physicists, John Canton ranks 405 out of 851Before him are Chester Carlson, Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, Nick Holonyak, Ányos Jedlik, Rudolf Peierls, and Walther Gerlach. After him are Wander Johannes de Haas, John Dollond, Edwin Hall, Stefan Hell, Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, and Vladimir Chelomey.

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Among people born in 1718, John Canton ranks 10Before him are Thomas Chippendale, Alexander Roslin, Anna Leopoldovna, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, Victor-François, 2nd duc de Broglie, and Jean Philippe Loys de Cheseaux. After him are Nikita Ivanovich Panin, Jacob Christian Schäffer, Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg, Antoine de Chézy, Johan Ernst Gunnerus, and Jean Joseph Marie Amiot. Among people deceased in 1772, John Canton ranks 10Before him are Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Louis-Claude Daquin, Ernst Johann von Biron, Gottfried Achenwall, Gerard van Swieten, and Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein. After him are Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, Princess Mary of Great Britain, Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, Frederick III, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Pyotr Saltykov, and Charles Pinot Duclos.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Canton ranks 1,609 out of 8,785Before him are Kenneth Grahame (1859), William Caxton (1422), Sidney Paget (1860), Havelock Ellis (1859), William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland (1738), and Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle (1693). After him are John Nelson Darby (1800), Alf Ramsey (1920), Matthew Flinders (1774), Leonard Woolley (1880), Sandford Fleming (1827), and Paul Scofield (1922).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, John Canton ranks 46Before him are John Stewart Bell (1928), William Sturgeon (1783), Stephen Hales (1677), Peter Mansfield (1933), Duncan Haldane (1951), and John Henry Poynting (1852). After him are John Dollond (1706), Louis Harold Gray (1905), William Watson (1715), Dennis W. Sciama (1926), John Kerr (1824), and G. M. B. Dobson (1889).