Michael Faraday

1791 - 1867

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Michael Faraday (; 22 September 1791 – 25 August 1867) was an English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. Although Faraday received little formal education, as a self-made man, he was one of the most influential scientists in history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Faraday has received more than 7,287,870 page views. His biography is available in 146 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 141 in 2019). Michael Faraday is the 6th most popular physicist (down from 5th in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 17th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Physicist.

Michael Faraday was a British scientist who is most famous for his work with electricity and electromagnetism. He is credited with inventing the electric motor and dynamo.

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Among physicists, Michael Faraday ranks 6 out of 851Before him are Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Wilhelm Röntgen, and Stephen Hawking. After him are Max Planck, Alessandro Volta, Hans Christian Ørsted, Pierre Curie, Ernest Rutherford, and Niels Bohr.

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Among people born in 1791, Michael Faraday ranks 1After him are Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma, Charles Babbage, Samuel Morse, Théodore Géricault, Carl Czerny, James Buchanan, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Franz Bopp, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Francesco Hayez, and Johann Franz Encke. Among people deceased in 1867, Michael Faraday ranks 1After him are Charles Baudelaire, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Maximilian I of Mexico, Emperor Kōmei, Franz Bopp, Théodore Rousseau, Otto of Greece, Sakamoto Ryōma, Jean-Victor Poncelet, Maria Theresa of Austria, and Victor Cousin.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Michael Faraday ranks 20 out of 8,785Before him are Paul McCartney (1942), Anthony Hopkins (1937), William IV of the United Kingdom (1765), Queen Victoria (1819), Stephen Hawking (1942), and Richard I of England (1157). After him are Henry VIII of England (1491), Agatha Christie (1890), Thomas Hobbes (1588), Alan Turing (1912), Mary II of England (1662), and Mick Jagger (1943).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Michael Faraday ranks 3Before him are Isaac Newton (1643), and Stephen Hawking (1942). After him are James Prescott Joule (1818), Robert Hooke (1635), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), Paul Dirac (1902), J. J. Thomson (1856), William Gilbert (1544), William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), Thomas Young (1773), and James Chadwick (1891).