Roger Joseph Boscovich

1711 - 1787

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Roger Joseph Boscovich (Croatian: Ruđer Josip Bošković; pronounced [rûd͡ʑer jǒsip bôʃkoʋit͡ɕ]; Italian: Ruggiero Giuseppe Boscovich; Latin: Rogerius (Iosephus) Boscovicius; 18 May 1711 – 13 February 1787) was a physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, diplomat, poet, theologian, Jesuit priest, and a polymath from the Republic of Ragusa. He studied and lived in Italy and France where he also published many of his works. Boscovich produced a precursor of atomic theory and made many contributions to astronomy, including the first geometric procedure for determining the equator of a rotating planet from three observations of a surface feature and for computing the orbit of a planet from three observations of its position. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roger Joseph Boscovich has received more than 367,389 page views. Her biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Roger Joseph Boscovich is the 24th most popular astronomer (up from 28th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Croatia (up from 12th in 2019) and the most popular Croatian Astronomer.

Roger Joseph Boscovich was a polymath from the Republic of Ragusa (now Croatia) who made significant contributions to a wide range of fields including mathematics, physics, astronomy, and philosophy. He is known for his development of the atomic theory of matter, which proposed that atoms are not solid, indivisible particles but rather dynamic entities that are constantly interacting with one another. He also made important contributions to the field of optics and was a pioneer in the study of the nature of light.

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Over the past year Roger Joseph Boscovich has had the most page views in the with 56,069 views, followed by Croatian (47,957), and Serbian (28,871). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Korean (344.74%), Catalan (102.35%), and Finnish (72.55%)


Among astronomers, Roger Joseph Boscovich ranks 24 out of 644Before her are Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Charles Messier, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers, Avempace, and Edmond Halley. After her are Charles Greeley Abbot, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Giuseppe Piazzi, Robert Luther, Caroline Herschel, and Johannes Hevelius.

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Among people born in 1711, Roger Joseph Boscovich ranks 4Before her are David Hume, Qianlong Emperor, and Mikhail Lomonosov. After her are Laura Bassi, William IV, Prince of Orange, Barbara of Portugal, Wenzel Anton, Prince of Kaunitz-Rietberg, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Ablai Khan, Elisabeth Therese of Lorraine, and Georg Wilhelm Richmann. Among people deceased in 1787, Roger Joseph Boscovich ranks 3Before her are Christoph Willibald Gluck, and Leopold Mozart. After her are Alphonsus Liguori, Louise of France, Carl Friedrich Abel, Pompeo Batoni, Şahin Giray, Anna Amalia, Abbess of Quedlinburg, Charles, Prince of Soubise, Princess Carolina of Orange-Nassau, and Johann Karl August Musäus.

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In Croatia

Among people born in Croatia, Roger Joseph Boscovich ranks 9 out of 700Before her are Diocletian (244), Rüstem Pasha (1500), Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (-63), Valens (328), Franjo Tuđman (1922), and János Kádár (1912). After her are Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1934), Pope John IV (600), Pope Caius (250), Laura Antonelli (1941), Saint Marinus (275), and Leopold Ružička (1887).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Croatia

Among astronomers born in Croatia, Roger Joseph Boscovich ranks 1After her are Korado Korlević (1958).