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Michael Faraday

1791 - 1867

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Michael Faraday ( FARR-ə-day, -⁠dee; 22 September 1791 – 25 August 1867) was an English natural philosopher 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, 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 6,309,417 page views. His biography is available in 141 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 140 in 2019). Michael Faraday is the 5th most popular physicist, the 17th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 15th 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 5 out of 717Before him are Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Stephen Hawking. After him are Wilhelm Röntgen, Alessandro Volta, Max Planck, Robert Hooke, Pierre Curie, Hans Christian Ørsted, and James Prescott Joule.

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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, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, James Buchanan, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Franz Bopp, Francesco Hayez, and Eugène Scribe. Among people deceased in 1867, Michael Faraday ranks 1After him are Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Charles Baudelaire, Maximilian I of Mexico, Emperor Kōmei, Théodore Rousseau, Otto of Greece, Franz Bopp, Jean-Victor Poncelet, Sakamoto Ryōma, Maria Theresa of Austria, and Maximilian Anton, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Michael Faraday ranks 17 out of 7,765Before him are Stephen Hawking (1942), James Watt (1736), Henry VIII of England (1491), Queen Victoria (1819), Thomas Hobbes (1588), and Richard III of England (1452). After him are Agatha Christie (1890), Alan Turing (1912), Margaret Thatcher (1925), Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Mary I of England (1516), and Alfred Hitchcock (1899).

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Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Michael Faraday ranks 3Before him are Isaac Newton (1643) and Stephen Hawking (1942). After him are Robert Hooke (1635), James Prescott Joule (1818), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), William Gilbert (1544), Paul Dirac (1902), J. J. Thomson (1856), Thomas Young (1773), James Chadwick (1891), and Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869).