Joseph Henry

1797 - 1878

Photo of Joseph Henry

Icon of person Joseph Henry

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. He was highly regarded during his lifetime. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Henry has received more than 435,313 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Joseph Henry is the 102nd most popular physicist (up from 132nd in 2019), the 443rd most popular biography from United States (down from 439th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Physicist.

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

Memorability Metrics

  • 440k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 74.95

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 56

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.12

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.33

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Joseph Henries by language


Among physicists, Joseph Henry ranks 102 out of 721Before him are Barry Barish, Johann Jakob Balmer, Charles Glover Barkla, Anders Jonas Ångström, Hippolyte Fizeau, and Pavel Cherenkov. After him are C. F. Powell, Eugene Wigner, Clinton Davisson, Jean-Baptiste Biot, Manne Siegbahn, and Ernest Lawrence.

Most Popular Physicists in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1797, Joseph Henry ranks 9Before him are Heinrich Heine, Mary Shelley, Gaetano Donizetti, Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, Adolphe Thiers, and Hiroshige. After him are Charles Lyell, Ghalib, Alfred de Vigny, Paul Delaroche, Frederick Augustus II of Saxony, and Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Among people deceased in 1878, Joseph Henry ranks 6Before him are Pope Pius IX, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, Archduke Franz Karl of Austria, Claude Bernard, and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom. After him are Julius von Mayer, Charles-François Daubigny, Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, George V of Hanover, Ernst Heinrich Weber, and Antoine César Becquerel.

Others Born in 1797

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1878

Go to all Rankings

In United States

Among people born in United States, Joseph Henry ranks 443 out of 15,968Before him are Jennifer Aniston (1969), Stanley Cohen (1922), Frank Abagnale (1948), Tom Clancy (1947), Julianne Moore (1960), and Robert Kiyosaki (1947). After him are Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875), Douglas Engelbart (1925), Kurt Russell (1951), Carroll Shelby (1923), Clinton Davisson (1881), and John Dillinger (1903).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Joseph Henry ranks 7Before him are Richard Feynman (1918), Robert Andrews Millikan (1868), J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904), Arthur Compton (1892), Carl David Anderson (1905), and Barry Barish (1936). After him are Clinton Davisson (1881), Ernest Lawrence (1901), John Bardeen (1908), Kip Thorne (1940), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), and Percy Williams Bridgman (1882).