Joseph Plateau

1801 - 1883

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Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau (French pronunciation: [ʒozɛf ɑ̃twan fɛʁdinɑ̃ plato]; 14 October 1801 – 15 September 1883) was a Belgian physicist and mathematician. He was one of the first people to demonstrate the illusion of a moving image. To do this, he used counterrotating disks with repeating drawn images in small increments of motion on one and regularly spaced slits in the other. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Plateau has received more than 1,285,356 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. Joseph Plateau is the 232nd most popular physicist (up from 253rd in 2019), the 106th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 132nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Belgian Physicist.

Joseph Plateau was a Belgian physicist who is most famous for his invention of the phenakistoscope.

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Among physicists, Joseph Plateau ranks 232 out of 851Before him are Frederick Reines, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Theodor W. Hänsch, Edme Mariotte, Makoto Kobayashi, and Burton Richter. After him are Serge Haroche, Horst Ludwig Störmer, William Shockley, Rolf Maximilian Sievert, Leon M. Lederman, and Henry Way Kendall.

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Among people born in 1801, Joseph Plateau ranks 8Before him are Brigham Young, Gustav Fechner, Josip Jelačić, Frédéric Bastiat, Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, and John of Saxony. After him are Johannes Peter Müller, Mikhail Ostrogradsky, Amalie Auguste of Bavaria, John Henry Newman, Thomas Cole, and Immanuel Nobel. Among people deceased in 1883, Joseph Plateau ranks 9Before him are Édouard Manet, Ivan Turgenev, Gustave Doré, Emir Abdelkader, Henri, Count of Chambord, and Midhat Pasha. After him are Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, Charles II, Duke of Parma, Thomas Mayne Reid, Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Dayananda Saraswati, and Eva Gonzalès.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Joseph Plateau ranks 106 out of 1,190Before him are Joachim Patinir (1480), Justus Lipsius (1547), Philippe de Champaigne (1602), Gerard de Ridefort (1141), Félicien Rops (1833), and Pieter Claesz (1596). After him are Eugène Ysaÿe (1858), André Grétry (1741), Louise Françoise de Bourbon, Duchess of Bourbon (1673), Gilles Binchois (1400), Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders (1837), and Karel van Mander (1548).

Among PHYSICISTS In Belgium

Among physicists born in Belgium, Joseph Plateau ranks 3Before him are Georges Lemaître (1894), and François Englert (1932). After him are Théophile de Donder (1872), Étienne-Gaspard Robert (1763), Léon Rosenfeld (1904), and Conny Aerts (1966).