Pieter van Musschenbroek

1692 - 1761

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Pieter van Musschenbroek (14 March 1692 – 19 September 1761) was a Dutch scientist. He was a professor in Duisburg, Utrecht, and Leiden, where he held positions in mathematics, philosophy, medicine, and astronomy. He is credited with the invention of the first capacitor in 1746: the Leyden jar. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pieter van Musschenbroek has received more than 108,810 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Pieter van Musschenbroek is the 59th most popular astronomer (down from 53rd in 2019), the 116th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 98th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Dutch Astronomer.

Pieter van Musschenbroek is most famous for his invention of the Leyden jar, which is a device that stores static electricity.

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Over the past year Pieter van Musschenbroek has had the most page views in the with 12,381 views, followed by Spanish (9,044), and Dutch (2,441). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Hebrew (221.21%), Haitian (88.93%), and Cantonese (84.58%)


Among astronomers, Pieter van Musschenbroek ranks 59 out of 644Before him are Pierre Janssen, Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, William Alfred Fowler, Max Wolf, Johann Bayer, and Antony Hewish. After him are Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Johann Franz Encke, Simon Marius, Asaph Hall, Pierre Méchain, and Albert Marth.

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Among people born in 1692, Pieter van Musschenbroek ranks 3Before him are Giuseppe Tartini, and Elisabeth Farnese. After him are Joseph Ferdinand of Bavaria, Louis Henri, Duke of Bourbon, Adrienne Lecouvreur, Frederick William, Duke of Courland, Joseph Butler, Alessandro Albani, James Stirling, Louisa Maria Stuart, and Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer. Among people deceased in 1761, Pieter van Musschenbroek ranks 2Before him is Thomas Bayes. After him are Archduke Charles Joseph of Austria, Samuel Richardson, Stephen Hales, Tarabai, Tokugawa Ieshige, Thomas Simpson, Clemens August of Bavaria, Charlotte Aglaé d'Orléans, John Dollond, and Francesco Feo.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Pieter van Musschenbroek ranks 116 out of 1,646Before him are William II of Holland (1228), Hendrick Avercamp (1585), Edwin van der Sar (1970), Mark Rutte (1967), Jan Jongbloed (1940), and Judith Leyster (1609). After him are Willem Schouten (1567), Willem de Kooning (1904), Pieter Aertsen (1508), Ruud Krol (1949), Arie Haan (1948), and Bertha of Holland (1055).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Netherlands

Among astronomers born in Netherlands, Pieter van Musschenbroek ranks 3Before him are Jan Oort (1900), and Gerard Kuiper (1905). After him are Cornelis Johannes van Houten (1920), Tom Gehrels (1925), John Goodricke (1764), Antonie Pannekoek (1873), Peter van de Kamp (1901), Jacobus Kapteyn (1851), Adriaan Blaauw (1914), Walter Lewin (1936), and Michael van Langren (1598).