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John Couch Adams

1819 - 1892

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John Couch Adams (; 5 June 1819 – 21 January 1892) was a British mathematician and astronomer. He was born in Laneast, near Launceston, Cornwall, and died in Cambridge. His most famous achievement was predicting the existence and position of Neptune, using only mathematics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Couch Adams has received more than 165,318 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). John Couch Adams is the 104th most popular mathematician, the 493rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 486th in 2019) and the 7th most popular British Mathematician.

John Couch Adams is most famous for being the first person to predict the existence of Neptune, based on mathematical calculations.

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Among mathematicians, John Couch Adams ranks 104 out of 823Before him are János Bolyai, Jean-Victor Poncelet, Gabriel Cramer, Hippocrates of Chios, Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, and Lodovico Ferrari. After him are Thābit ibn Qurra, John Wallis, G. H. Hardy, Meton of Athens, Girard Desargues, and Isaac Barrow.

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Among people born in 1819, John Couch Adams ranks 17Before him are Hippolyte Fizeau, George Eliot, Maria II of Portugal, John Ruskin, William T. G. Morton, and Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst. After him are Franz von Suppé, George V of Hanover, Theodor Fontane, Louise Marie Thérèse of Artois, Francis V, Duke of Modena, and Allan Pinkerton. Among people deceased in 1892, John Couch Adams ranks 10Before him are Princess Ludovika of Bavaria, Ernest Renan, Thomas Cook, Richard Owen, Édouard Lalo, and Rudolf von Jhering. After him are Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse, Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia, Louis Vuitton, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and Olga Nikolaevna of Russia.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Couch Adams ranks 493 out of 7,765Before him are Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855), Olivia Newton-John (1948), John Everett Millais (1829), John Bunyan (1628), Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (1660), and Daphne du Maurier (1907). After him are John Bonham (1948), Betty Williams (1943), Ronnie Wood (1947), Albert Finney (1936), John Barry (1933), and James Hutton (1726).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United Kingdom

Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, John Couch Adams ranks 7Before him are Bertrand Russell (1872), John Napier (1550), George Boole (1815), Ada Lovelace (1815), Alfred North Whitehead (1861), and Thomas Harriot (1560). After him are John Wallis (1616), G. H. Hardy (1877), Isaac Barrow (1631), Andrew Wiles (1953), Brook Taylor (1685), and Robert Grosseteste (1175).