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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 556,372 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Joseph Henry is the 100th most popular physicist (up from 102nd in 2019), the 412th most popular biography from United States (up from 443rd in 2019) and the 9th 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 100 out of 717Before him are James Franck, Manne Siegbahn, William Henry Bragg, Edward Teller, Walther Bothe, and C. V. Raman. After him are Hippolyte Fizeau, Alfred Kastler, Joseph von Fraunhofer, Kip Thorne, Henry Moseley, and George Gamow.

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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, Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Alfred de Vigny, Maria Leopoldina of Austria, 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, 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, Ernst Heinrich Weber, and Mirza Fatali Akhundov.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joseph Henry ranks 412 out of 18,182Before him are Joseph Smith (1805), Paul Walker (1973), Eminem (1972), Paul Auster (1947), Julia Roberts (1967), and William McKinley (1843). After him are Alvin Toffler (1928), Tom Clancy (1947), Millard Fillmore (1800), Black Dahlia (1924), Gertrude Stein (1874), and Dwayne Johnson (1972).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Joseph Henry ranks 9Before him are Robert Andrews Millikan (1868), Carl David Anderson (1905), Barry Barish (1936), Clinton Davisson (1881), John Bardeen (1908), and Arthur Compton (1892). After him are Kip Thorne (1940), Owen Chamberlain (1920), Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921), Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), Ernest Lawrence (1901), and Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839).