Rudolf Clausius

1822 - 1888

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Rudolf Julius Emanuel Clausius (German pronunciation: [ˈʁuːdɔlf ˈklaʊ̯zi̯ʊs]; 2 January 1822 – 24 August 1888) was a German physicist and mathematician and is considered one of the central founding fathers of the science of thermodynamics. By his restatement of Sadi Carnot's principle known as the Carnot cycle, he gave the theory of heat a truer and sounder basis. His most important paper, "On the Moving Force of Heat", published in 1850, first stated the basic ideas of the second law of thermodynamics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rudolf Clausius has received more than 681,295 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Rudolf Clausius is the 67th most popular physicist (down from 59th in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Poland (down from 42nd in 2019) and the 5th most popular Polish Physicist.

Rudolf Clausius is most famous for his work in thermodynamics. He is credited with the formulation of the second law of thermodynamics, which states that heat cannot spontaneously flow from a colder body to a warmer one.

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Among physicists, Rudolf Clausius ranks 67 out of 851Before him are Maria Goeppert Mayer, Otto Stern, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, J. Hans D. Jensen, Eugene Wigner, and Johannes Stark. After him are Otto von Guericke, Lev Landau, Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, Carl David Anderson, Georges Lemaître, and James Chadwick.

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Among people born in 1822, Rudolf Clausius ranks 6Before him are Louis Pasteur, Ulysses S. Grant, Gregor Mendel, Heinrich Schliemann, and Frédéric Passy. After him are César Franck, Francis Galton, Robert Luther, Rutherford B. Hayes, Prince Napoléon Bonaparte, and Charles Hermite. Among people deceased in 1888, Rudolf Clausius ranks 4Before him are William I, German Emperor, John Bosco, and Frederick III, German Emperor. After him are Carl Zeiss, John Stith Pemberton, Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, Louisa May Alcott, Nikolay Przhevalsky, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Anton Mauve, and François Achille Bazaine.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Rudolf Clausius ranks 46 out of 1,694Before him are Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Irena Sendler (1910), Otto Stern (1888), Bronisław Malinowski (1884), Arthur Rubinstein (1887), and Casimir Funk (1884). After him are Rudolf Virchow (1821), Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768), Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941), Casimir III the Great (1310), Gerhart Hauptmann (1862), and Donald Tusk (1957).

Among PHYSICISTS In Poland

Among physicists born in Poland, Rudolf Clausius ranks 5Before him are Marie Curie (1867), Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686), Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906), and Otto Stern (1888). After him are Albert A. Michelson (1852), Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898), Joseph Rotblat (1908), Klaus von Klitzing (1943), Leopold Infeld (1898), Friedrich Ernst Dorn (1848), and Vladimir Chelomey (1914).