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Ludwig Prandtl

1875 - 1953

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Ludwig Prandtl (4 February 1875 – 15 August 1953) was a German fluid dynamicist, physicist and aerospace scientist. He was a pioneer in the development of rigorous systematic mathematical analyses which he used for underlying the science of aerodynamics, which have come to form the basis of the applied science of aeronautical engineering. In the 1920s, he developed the mathematical basis for the fundamental principles of subsonic aerodynamics in particular; and in general up to and including transonic velocities. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ludwig Prandtl has received more than 279,465 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Ludwig Prandtl is the 285th most popular physicist (down from 254th in 2019), the 1,205th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,011th in 2019) and the 42nd most popular German Physicist.

Prandtl was a German engineer and mathematician who is most famous for his work in fluid dynamics. His most notable contribution to fluid dynamics is the Prandtl-Glauert singularity theory, which is a mathematical way of describing the transition from laminar to turbulent flow.

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Among physicists, Ludwig Prandtl ranks 285 out of 717Before him are Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, Antoine César Becquerel, Giovanni Battista Venturi, Ivar Giaever, George Smoot, and Ernest Walton. After him are Thomas Johann Seebeck, Samuel C. C. Ting, Carlo Rubbia, David Gross, Ernst Chladni, and Makoto Kobayashi.

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Among people born in 1875, Ludwig Prandtl ranks 39Before him are Cléo de Mérode, Mistinguett, Sisowath Monivong, Rudolf von Sebottendorf, Walter Chrysler, and Albert Marquet. After him are Franco Alfano, Friedrich-Werner Graf von der Schulenburg, Hiram Bingham III, Thomas Burke, Franz Xaver Schwarz, and Nobuyuki Abe. Among people deceased in 1953, Ludwig Prandtl ranks 30Before him are Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick, Alice Prin, Ernst Zermelo, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Hans Reichenbach, and Dylan Thomas. After him are Richard von Mises, Nikolay Zelinsky, Vera Mukhina, Tazio Nuvolari, Hank Williams, and Moïse Kisling.

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Among people born in Germany, Ludwig Prandtl ranks 1,205 out of 6,142Before him are Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim (1594), Ernst Troeltsch (1865), Sebastian Kneipp (1821), Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen (1925), Princess Christine Louise of Oettingen-Oettingen (1671), and John George II, Elector of Saxony (1613). After him are George, Duke of Brunswick-Calenberg (1582), Elizabeth of Carinthia, Queen of Germany (1262), Gustav Noske (1868), Alfred Krupp (1812), Theodor Escherich (1857), and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Ludwig Prandtl ranks 42Before him are John B. Goodenough (1922), Theodor W. Hänsch (1941), Klaus Fuchs (1911), Rainer Weiss (1932), Jack Steinberger (1921), and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1912). After him are Ernst Chladni (1756), Friedrich Hund (1896), Horst Ludwig Störmer (1949), Christoph Scheiner (1575), Pascual Jordan (1902), and August Kundt (1839).