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 449,532 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Paul Langevin is the 134th most popular physicist, the 662nd most popular biography from France (down from 547th in 2019) and the 16th 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 134 out of 721Before him are Percy Williams Bridgman, Leo Szilard, Albert Fert, Peter Grünberg, Hans Geiger, and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. After him are Laura Bassi, Alfred Kastler, Maurice Wilkins, Julius von Mayer, François Englert, and Owen Chamberlain.

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Among people born in 1872, Paul Langevin ranks 17Before him are Marcel Mauss, Anton Denikin, Léon Blum, Louis Blériot, Richard Willstätter, and Emil Hácha. After him are Charles Greeley Abbot, Sri Aurobindo, Maurice Gamelin, Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar, Jože Plečnik, and Helena Rubinstein. Among people deceased in 1946, Paul Langevin ranks 30Before him are Ananda Mahidol, Ferenc Szálasi, László Moholy-Nagy, Manuel de Falla, Amon Göth, and Kurt Daluege. After him are Karl Hermann Frank, Felix Hoffmann, Empress Wanrong, Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Gilbert N. Lewis, and Wilhelm Marx.

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Among people born in France, Paul Langevin ranks 662 out of 5,234Before him are Jacques Monod (1910), Emmanuel de Grouchy, marquis de Grouchy (1766), Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy (1528), Jeanne Hébuterne (1898), Thomas Bangalter (1), and Magnentius (303). After him are Suzanne Valadon (1865), Marcel Lefebvre (1905), Alfred Kastler (1902), Raymond Aron (1905), Adam de la Halle (1245), and Louis Renault (1877).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, Paul Langevin ranks 16Before him are Jean Baptiste Perrin (1870), Hippolyte Fizeau (1819), Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774), Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788), François Arago (1786), and Albert Fert (1938). After him are Alfred Kastler (1902), Hans Bethe (1906), Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron (1799), Jacques Charles (1763), Louis Néel (1904), and Claude-Louis Navier (1785).