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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 619,210 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Rudolf Clausius is the 59th most popular physicist, the 42nd most popular biography from Poland and the 3rd 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 59 out of 717Before him are Philipp Lenard, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Max Born, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Otto von Guericke, and Gabriel Lippmann. After him are Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Mikhail Lomonosov, Peter Debye, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Lev Landau, and Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis.

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Among people born in 1822, Rudolf Clausius ranks 7Before him are Louis Pasteur, Ulysses S. Grant, Gregor Mendel, Heinrich Schliemann, Frédéric Passy, and César Franck. After him are Francis Galton, Rutherford B. Hayes, Étienne Lenoir, Midhat Pasha, Charles Hermite, and Prince Napoléon Bonaparte. 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, Louisa May Alcott, Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, Nikolay Przhevalsky, Charles-Valentin Alkan, François Achille Bazaine, and Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Rudolf Clausius ranks 42 out of 1,454Before him are Leonid Kravchuk (1934), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Günther von Kluge (1882), Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916), Rudolf Virchow (1821), and Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928). After him are Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Lech Kaczyński (1949), Tamara de Lempicka (1898), Ernst Cassirer (1874), Christian Wolff (1679), and Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906).

Among PHYSICISTS In Poland

Among physicists born in Poland, Rudolf Clausius ranks 3Before him are Marie Curie (1867) and Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686). After him are Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906), Otto Stern (1888), Albert A. Michelson (1852), Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898), Klaus von Klitzing (1943), Joseph Rotblat (1908), Leopold Infeld (1898), Heinrich Wilhelm Dove (1803), and Vladimir Chelomey (1914).