John Herschel

1792 - 1871

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Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Baronet (; 7 March 1792 – 11 May 1871) was an English polymath active as a mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor, and experimental photographer who invented the blueprint and did botanical work.Herschel originated the use of the Julian day system in astronomy. He named seven moons of Saturn and four moons of Uranus – the seventh planet, discovered by his father Sir William Herschel. He made many contributions to the science of photography, and investigated colour blindness and the chemical power of ultraviolet rays. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Herschel has received more than 883,803 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). John Herschel is the 46th most popular inventor (up from 47th in 2019), the 306th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 318th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Inventor.

John Herschel is most famous for his work in the field of astronomy. He was the son of Sir William Herschel, a famous astronomer, and he continued his father's work.

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Over the past year John Herschel has had the most page views in the with 99,852 views, followed by Spanish (13,335), and German (12,871). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Azerbaijani (475.19%), Mingrelian (447.62%), and Malagasy (97.73%)


Among inventors, John Herschel ranks 46 out of 426Before him are Frank Whittle, John Logie Baird, Ruth Handler, Jimmy Wales, Konrad Zuse, and Wilhelm Maybach. After him are Hans Lippershey, Willis Carrier, Herman Hollerith, Karl Drais, William G. Morgan, and Douglas Engelbart.

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Among people born in 1792, John Herschel ranks 7Before him are Gioachino Rossini, Pope Pius IX, Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, William II of the Netherlands, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Nikolai Lobachevsky. After him are Karl Ernst von Baer, Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, Alexander Ypsilantis, Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, William, Duke of Nassau, and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen. Among people deceased in 1871, John Herschel ranks 3Before him are Charles Babbage, and Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan. After him are Augustus De Morgan, Daniel Auber, Michael Thonet, Sigismond Thalberg, Louise of the Netherlands, Omar Pasha, Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, and Wilhelm Weitling.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Herschel ranks 306 out of 8,785Before him are John Keats (1795), Edward Burnett Tylor (1832), Peter Sellers (1925), Rod Stewart (1945), Harold Macmillan (1894), and Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1884). After him are Thomas Becket (1119), Harold Wilson (1916), Arthur, Prince of Wales (1486), Mary of Teck (1867), Robert Fripp (1946), and Elizabeth Woodville (1437).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, John Herschel ranks 9Before him are Charles Babbage (1791), George Stephenson (1781), Thomas Newcomen (1663), Richard Trevithick (1771), Frank Whittle (1907), and John Logie Baird (1888). After him are John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Thomas Savery (1650), Henry Bessemer (1813), James Hargreaves (1720), and Richard Arkwright (1732).