Joseph Plateau

1801 - 1883

Photo of Joseph Plateau

Icon of person Joseph Plateau

Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau (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 1,230,351 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Joseph Plateau is the 208th most popular physicist (up from 250th in 2019), the 111th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 117th 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.

Memorability Metrics

  • 1.2M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 71.01

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 36

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.08

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.44

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Joseph Plateaus by language


Among physicists, Joseph Plateau ranks 208 out of 721Before him are John Vincent Atanasoff, Isamu Akasaki, John Archibald Wheeler, James Cronin, James Rainwater, and Wolfgang Paul. After him are Edward Mills Purcell, Jim Peebles, Kai Siegbahn, Robert Hofstadter, Frederick Reines, and Francesco Maria Grimaldi.

Most Popular Physicists in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1801, Joseph Plateau ranks 11Before him are Frédéric Bastiat, John of Saxony, Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, John Henry Newman, Amalie Auguste of Bavaria, and Johannes Peter Müller. After him are Mikhail Ostrogradsky, Antoine Augustin Cournot, George Biddell Airy, Joseph Lanner, Princess Sophie of Sweden, and Archduchess Marie Caroline of Austria. 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 Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Charles II, Duke of Parma, Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, Thomas Mayne Reid, Eva Gonzalès, and Ranavalona II.

Others Born in 1801

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1883

Go to all Rankings

In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Joseph Plateau ranks 111 out of 899Before him are David Teniers the Younger (1610), Anne of France (1461), André Grétry (1741), Jacky Ickx (1945), Marie José of Belgium (1906), and Karel van Mander (1548). After him are Morris (1923), Eugène Ysaÿe (1858), François Vatel (1631), Pierre Louÿs (1870), Adriaen Brouwer (1605), and Jean-Marie Pfaff (1953).

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 Étienne-Gaspard Robert (1763) and Théophile de Donder (1872).