Joseph Henry

1797 - 1878

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 363,627 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 133rd most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Joseph Henry ranks 132 out of 659Before him are Jean-Baptiste Biot, Simon van der Meer, Johann Jakob Balmer, François Englert, Karl Schwarzschild, and Ben Roy Mottelson. After him are Willard Boyle, Paul Langevin, Frits Zernike, Roger Penrose, Albert Fert, and Emilio Segrè.

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Among people born in 1797, Joseph Henry ranks 9Before him are William I, German Emperor, Mary Shelley, Gaetano Donizetti, Adolphe Thiers, Hiroshige, and Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan. After him are Ghalib, Charles Lyell, Alfred de Vigny, Paul Delaroche, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Augustus II of Saxony. 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, Antoine César Becquerel, and Ernst Heinrich Weber.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joseph Henry ranks 439 out of 12,171Before him are Lou Reed (1942), Stevie Wonder (1950), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947), Michael Porter (1947), and John Glenn (1921). After him are Paul Tibbets (1915), Julianne Moore (1960), Sylvia Plath (1932), Jerry Lewis (1926), Melvin Calvin (1911), and Paul Walker (1973).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Joseph Henry ranks 15Before him are Ernest Lawrence (1901), Barry Barish (1936), Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), Murray Gell-Mann (1929), John Robert Schrieffer (1931), and Ben Roy Mottelson (1926). After him are Donald A. Glaser (1926), Leon Cooper (1930), Willis Lamb (1913), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), Benjamin Thompson (1753), and Kip Thorne (1940).