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Paul Langevin

1872 - 1946

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Paul Langevin (; French: [pɔl lɑ̃ʒvɛ̃]; 23 January 1872 – 19 December 1946) was a French physicist who developed Langevin dynamics and the Langevin equation. He was one of the founders of the Comité de vigilance des intellectuels antifascistes, an anti-fascist organization created after the 6 February 1934 far right riots. Being a public opponent of fascism in the 1930s resulted in his arrest and being held under house arrest by the Vichy government for most of World War II. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Langevin has received more than 576,174 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Paul Langevin is the 90th most popular physicist (up from 134th in 2019), the 422nd most popular biography from France (up from 661st in 2019) and the 11th most popular French Physicist.

Paul Langevin is most famous for his work in the field of quantum mechanics. He was one of the first people to propose a solution to the wave-particle duality paradox, which is the idea that light can behave as both a particle and a wave.

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Among physicists, Paul Langevin ranks 90 out of 717Before him are Barry Barish, Clinton Davisson, Eugene Wigner, John Bardeen, Arnold Sommerfeld, and Peter Higgs. After him are Arthur Compton, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Dennis Gabor, James Franck, Manne Siegbahn, and William Henry Bragg.

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Among people born in 1872, Paul Langevin ranks 9Before him are Bertrand Russell, Alexandra Kollontai, Alexandra Feodorovna, Calvin Coolidge, Johan Huizinga, and Haakon VII of Norway. After him are Léon Blum, Emil Hácha, Marcel Mauss, Djemal Pasha, Anton Denikin, and Sergei Diaghilev. Among people deceased in 1946, Paul Langevin ranks 19Before him are Mikhail Kalinin, Wilhelm Frick, Julius Streicher, Alexander Alekhine, Gerhart Hauptmann, and Werner von Blomberg. After him are Karl Haushofer, Fritz Sauckel, Manuel de Falla, Gertrude Stein, Andrey Vlasov, and Ferenc Szálasi.

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In France

Among people born in France, Paul Langevin ranks 422 out of 6,011Before him are Louis Renault (1843), Henri Charrière (1906), Nicolas Malebranche (1638), Nicolas Appert (1749), Abraham de Moivre (1667), and Jean Monnet (1888). After him are Genevieve (423), Marin Mersenne (1588), William II of England (1056), Fernand Léger (1881), Napoléon, Prince Imperial (1856), and Patrice de MacMahon (1808).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, Paul Langevin ranks 11Before him are Henry Cavendish (1731), Louis de Broglie (1892), Léon Foucault (1819), Frédéric Joliot-Curie (1900), Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis (1792), and Jean Baptiste Perrin (1870). After him are Hippolyte Fizeau (1819), Alfred Kastler (1902), Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788), François Arago (1786), Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron (1799), and Albert Fert (1938).