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Josef Stefan

1835 - 1893

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Josef Stefan (Slovene: Jožef Štefan; 24 March 1835 – 7 January 1893) was an ethnic Carinthian Slovene physicist, mathematician, and poet of the Austrian Empire. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josef Stefan has received more than 109,441 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Josef Stefan is the 114th most popular mathematician (down from 98th in 2019), the 181st most popular biography from Austria (down from 144th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Austrian Mathematician.

Josef Stefan is most famous for his law of radiation, which states that the total power radiated by a black body is proportional to the fourth power of its absolute temperature.

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Among mathematicians, Josef Stefan ranks 114 out of 823Before him are Meton of Athens, Girard Desargues, Isaac Barrow, Theon of Alexandria, Charles Hermite, and Grigori Perelman. After him are Christopher Clavius, Hermann Weyl, Leonid Kantorovich, Émile Borel, Aloysius Lilius, and Edward Norton Lorenz.

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Among people born in 1835, Josef Stefan ranks 16Before him are Henryk Wieniawski, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Samuel Butler, Demetrius Vikelas, Giosuè Carducci, and Eduard Strauss. After him are William Stanley Jevons, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Fukuzawa Yukichi, Nikolai Rubinstein, Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern, and Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Among people deceased in 1893, Josef Stefan ranks 11Before him are Hippolyte Taine, Jean-Martin Charcot, Rutherford B. Hayes, Alexander of Battenberg, Jan Matejko, and Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. After him are Jules Ferry, Ernst Kummer, John Tyndall, George Tupou I, Baron Alexander von Bach, and Duke Maximilian Emanuel in Bavaria.

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Among people born in Austria, Josef Stefan ranks 181 out of 1,237Before him are Erich von Stroheim (1885), Ernst Happel (1925), Maria Amalia of Austria (1701), Michael Haydn (1737), Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen (1817), and Eric Kandel (1929). After him are Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria (1558), Klaus Maria Brandauer (1943), Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach (1656), Maria Theresa of Austria (1816), Alfred Schütz (1899), and Maria Schell (1926).


Among mathematicians born in Austria, Josef Stefan ranks 2Before him are Kurt Gödel (1906). After him are Paul Ehrenfest (1880), Georg von Peuerbach (1423), Emil Artin (1898), Hans Hahn (1879), Georg Alexander Pick (1859), Karl Menger (1902), Philipp Frank (1884), Hermann Bondi (1919), Simon von Stampfer (1790), and Otto E. Neugebauer (1899).