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 78,905 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Pieter van Musschenbroek is the 66th most popular astronomer (up from 80th in 2019), the 115th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 142nd 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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Among astronomers, Pieter van Musschenbroek ranks 66 out of 532Before him are Antony Hewish, Gerard Kuiper, William Alfred Fowler, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Girolamo Fracastoro, and Pierre Janssen. After him are Stephen Gray, John Flamsteed, George Darwin, Petrus Plancius, Sosigenes of Alexandria, and Johann Franz Encke.

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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, James Stirling, Louisa Maria Stuart, Joseph Butler, Alessandro Albani, and Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer. Among people deceased in 1761, Pieter van Musschenbroek ranks 4Before him are Thomas Bayes, Samuel Richardson, and Archduke Charles Joseph of Austria. After him are Stephen Hales, Thomas Simpson, Tarabai, Charlotte Aglaé d'Orléans, Tokugawa Ieshige, Clemens August of Bavaria, Charles Louis Auguste Fouquet, duc de Belle-Isle, and John Dollond.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Pieter van Musschenbroek ranks 115 out of 1,209Before him are Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920), Etty Hillesum (1914), Dick Advocaat (1947), Robert van Gulik (1910), Gabriël Metsu (1629), and Judith Leyster (1609). After him are Paulus Potter (1625), Willem Janszoon (1570), Willem Claesz. Heda (1594), Adriaen van Ostade (1610), Mark Rutte (1967), 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 Tom Gehrels (1925), Antonie Pannekoek (1873), Cornelis Johannes van Houten (1920), Jacobus Kapteyn (1851), John Goodricke (1764), Walter Lewin (1936), Henri Joseph Anastase Perrotin (1845), Adriaan Blaauw (1914), and Maarten Schmidt (1929).