Joseph Swan

1828 - 1914

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Sir Joseph Wilson Swan FRS (31 October 1828 – 27 May 1914) was an English physicist, chemist, and inventor. He is known as an independent early developer of a successful incandescent light bulb, and is the person responsible for developing and supplying the first incandescent lights used to illuminate homes and public buildings, including the Savoy Theatre, London, in 1881.In 1904, Swan was knighted by King Edward VII, awarded the Royal Society's Hughes Medal, and was made an honorary member of the Pharmaceutical Society. He had received the highest decoration in France, the Legion of Honour, when he visited the 1881 International Exposition of Electricity, Paris. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Swan has received more than 692,579 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Joseph Swan is the 222nd most popular physicist (up from 271st in 2019), the 717th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 818th in 2019) and the 28th most popular British Physicist.

Joseph Swan is most famous for the invention of the incandescent light bulb.

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Among physicists, Joseph Swan ranks 222 out of 721Before him are Chien-Shiung Wu, Arthur Ashkin, Carl von Linde, Edmond Becquerel, Arthur Leonard Schawlow, and Tsung-Dao Lee. After him are Johannes Rydberg, Yoichiro Nambu, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., David J. Thouless, John Tyndall, and Val Logsdon Fitch.

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Among people born in 1828, Joseph Swan ranks 14Before him are Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Charbel Makhlouf, Randal Cremer, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, John Langdon Down, and Louise of the Netherlands. After him are Albert of Saxony, Albert Marth, Paul Gachet, Edmond François Valentin About, Ferdinand Cohn, and Alexander Butlerov. Among people deceased in 1914, Joseph Swan ranks 21Before him are Ambrose Bierce, Georges Picquart, Ismail Gaspirali, Eduard Suess, Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, and Alphonse Bertillon. After him are Maximilian von Spee, Alexander Samsonov, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Charles Péguy, Alain-Fournier, and Theodor Kittelsen.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Joseph Swan ranks 717 out of 6,924Before him are John Rhys-Davies (1944), Naomi Watts (1968), Catherine of Lancaster (1373), Kenny Dalglish (1951), Stephen Gray (1666), and Godfrey Hounsfield (1919). After him are John Flamsteed (1646), John Gurdon (1933), William Jones (1746), George Darwin (1845), Bobby Moore (1941), and Rex Harrison (1908).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Joseph Swan ranks 28Before him are Edward Victor Appleton (1892), Roger Penrose (1931), William Shockley (1910), David Brewster (1781), Osborne Reynolds (1842), and Freeman Dyson (1923). After him are David J. Thouless (1934), John Cockcroft (1897), Anthony James Leggett (1938), Daniel Rutherford (1749), Nevill Francis Mott (1905), and Patrick Blackett (1897).