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Robert Hooke

1635 - 1703

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Robert Hooke FRS (; 18 July 1635 – 3 March 1703) was an English polymath active as a scientist, natural philosopher and architect, who is credited to be one of two scientists to discover microorganisms in 1665 using a compound microscope that he built himself, the other scientist being Antoni van Leeuwenhoek in 1676. An impoverished scientific inquirer in young adulthood, he found wealth and esteem by performing over half of the architectural surveys after London's great fire of 1666. Hooke was also a member of the Royal Society and since 1662 was its curator of experiments. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Hooke has received more than 3,803,630 page views. His biography is available in 89 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Robert Hooke is the 9th most popular physicist (up from 14th in 2019), the 31st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 47th in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Physicist.

Robert Hooke was an English scientist who is most famous for his discovery of the law of elasticity.

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Among physicists, Robert Hooke ranks 9 out of 717Before him are Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Michael Faraday, Wilhelm Röntgen, Alessandro Volta, and Max Planck. After him are Pierre Curie, Hans Christian Ørsted, James Prescott Joule, André-Marie Ampère, Ernest Rutherford, and Niels Bohr.

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Among people born in 1635, Robert Hooke ranks 1After him are Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, Henry Morgan, François l'Olonnais, Köprülüzade Fazıl Ahmed Pasha, Johann Joachim Becher, Landgravine Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, Philipp Spener, Princess Margaret Yolande of Savoy, Eugene Maurice, Count of Soissons, Alexander Farnese, Prince of Parma, and Philippe Quinault. Among people deceased in 1703, Robert Hooke ranks 1After him are Charles Perrault, Mustafa II, Man in the Iron Mask, John Wallis, Vincenzo Viviani, Johann Christoph Bach, Ilona Zrínyi, Samuel Pepys, Erik Dahlbergh, Nicolas de Grigny, and Charles de Saint-Évremond.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Robert Hooke ranks 31 out of 7,765Before him are Charles Dickens (1812), James Cook (1728), Alexander Fleming (1881), Anne Boleyn (1501), John Maynard Keynes (1883), and Mary, Queen of Scots (1542). After him are Lord Byron (1788), Jane Austen (1775), John Dalton (1766), David Hume (1711), Mary II of England (1662), and James Prescott Joule (1818).

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Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Robert Hooke ranks 4Before him are Isaac Newton (1643), Stephen Hawking (1942), and Michael Faraday (1791). After him are 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).