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 83,212 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Josef Stefan is the 98th most popular mathematician (up from 102nd in 2019), the 144th most popular biography from Austria (down from 134th 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 98 out of 828Before him are Alexander Friedmann, Paul Erdős, Anthemius of Tralles, Isaac Barrow, János Bolyai, and Alexander Grothendieck. After him are Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Leopold Kronecker, Stefan Banach, Thomas Harriot, Christopher Clavius, and John Couch Adams.

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Among people born in 1835, Josef Stefan ranks 14Before him are Adolf von Baeyer, César Cui, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Henryk Wieniawski, Samuel Butler, and Demetrius Vikelas. After him are Giosuè Carducci, William Stanley Jevons, Fukuzawa Yukichi, Eduard Strauss, Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern, and Nikolai Rubinstein. Among people deceased in 1893, Josef Stefan ranks 8Before him are Guy de Maupassant, Charles Gounod, Jean-Martin Charcot, Patrice de MacMahon, Hippolyte Taine, and Rutherford B. Hayes. After him are Alexander of Battenberg, Jan Matejko, John Tyndall, Ernst Kummer, Jules Ferry, and Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

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Among people born in Austria, Josef Stefan ranks 144 out of 1,075Before him are Richard Adolf Zsigmondy (1865), Róbert Bárány (1876), Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria (1529), Archduke Maximilian Francis of Austria (1756), Josef Strauss (1827), and Franz Stangl (1908). After him are Aribert Heim (1914), Hans Selye (1907), Ernest, Duke of Austria (1377), Józef Poniatowski (1763), Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland (1573), and Alois Brunner (1912).


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), Georg Alexander Pick (1859), Hans Hahn (1879), Philipp Frank (1884), Karl Menger (1902), Hermann Bondi (1919), Otto E. Neugebauer (1899), and Friedrich Waismann (1896).