Joseph Henry

1797 - 1878

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Joseph Henry (December 17, 1797– May 13, 1878) was an American scientist who served as the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He was the secretary for the National Institute for the Promotion of Science, a precursor of the Smithsonian Institution. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Henry has received more than 572,517 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Joseph Henry is the 114th most popular physicist (down from 100th in 2019), the 396th most popular biography from United States (up from 412th in 2019) and the 13th most popular American Physicist.

Joseph Henry was an American physicist and inventor. He is most famous for his invention of the electric motor.

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Among physicists, Joseph Henry ranks 114 out of 851Before him are Jean-Baptiste Biot, Heinrich Rohrer, Ben Roy Mottelson, Hippolyte Fizeau, Peter Debye, and Anders Jonas Ångström. After him are Walter Houser Brattain, Arnold Sommerfeld, Paul Langevin, Joseph von Fraunhofer, K. Alex Müller, and James Franck.

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Among people born in 1797, Joseph Henry ranks 10Before him are Mary Shelley, Gaetano Donizetti, Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, Adolphe Thiers, Hiroshige, and Ghalib. After him are Maria Leopoldina of Austria, Charles Lyell, Frederick Augustus II of Saxony, Alfred de Vigny, Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Paul Delaroche. Among people deceased in 1878, Joseph Henry ranks 6Before him are Pope Pius IX, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, Archduke Franz Karl of Austria, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, and Claude Bernard. After him are Julius von Mayer, Charles-François Daubigny, Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, George V of Hanover, Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora, and Mirza Fatali Akhundov.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joseph Henry ranks 396 out of 20,380Before him are Kurt Cobain (1967), Brian De Palma (1940), Anthony Kiedis (1962), Martin Sheen (1940), Jimmy Wales (1966), and Ben Roy Mottelson (1926). After him are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947), Barbara McClintock (1902), Dean Martin (1917), Michelle Pfeiffer (1958), Sarah Palin (1964), and James Hong (1929).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Joseph Henry ranks 13Before him are Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), John Bardeen (1908), Clinton Davisson (1881), Willis Lamb (1913), Owen Chamberlain (1920), and Ben Roy Mottelson (1926). After him are Val Logsdon Fitch (1923), Robert Coleman Richardson (1937), Donald A. Glaser (1926), Kip Thorne (1940), Arthur Compton (1892), and Hugh Everett III (1930).