Stephen Gray

1666 - 1736

Photo of Stephen Gray

Icon of person Stephen Gray

Stephen Gray (December 1666 – 7 February 1736) was an English dyer and astronomer who was the first to systematically experiment with electrical conduction. Until his work in 1729 the emphasis had been on the simple generation of static charges and investigations of the static phenomena (electric shocks, plasma glows, etc.). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephen Gray has received more than 4,107 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia. Stephen Gray is the 67th most popular astronomer (up from 70th in 2019), the 716th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 721st in 2019) and the 10th most popular British Astronomer.

Stephen Gray is most famous for his invention of the coherer, which was a device that could detect radio waves.

Memorability Metrics

  • 4.1k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 70.63

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 29

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.32

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.31

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Stephen Grays by language


Among astronomers, Stephen Gray ranks 67 out of 532Before him are Gerard Kuiper, William Alfred Fowler, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Girolamo Fracastoro, Pierre Janssen, and Pieter van Musschenbroek. After him are John Flamsteed, George Darwin, Petrus Plancius, Sosigenes of Alexandria, Johann Franz Encke, and Jacques Cassini.

Most Popular Astronomers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1666, Stephen Gray ranks 3Before him are Ivan V of Russia and Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia. After him are Sophia Dorothea of Celle, Marie Anne de Bourbon, Guru Gobind Singh, Maria Sophia of Neuburg, Odoardo Farnese, Hereditary Prince of Parma, Jean-Féry Rebel, Nevşehirli Damat Ibrahim Pasha, Marie Thérèse de Bourbon, and Mary Astell. Among people deceased in 1736, Stephen Gray ranks 7Before him are Prince Eugene of Savoy, Ahmed III, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Louis Auguste, Duke of Maine, and Antonio Caldara. After him are Filippo Juvarra, Louise Diane d'Orléans, Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, Theophan Prokopovich, René Duguay-Trouin, and Emanuele d'Astorga.

Others Born in 1666

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1736

Go to all Rankings

In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Stephen Gray ranks 716 out of 6,924Before him are William Holman Hunt (1827), Edward Heath (1916), John Rhys-Davies (1944), Naomi Watts (1968), Catherine of Lancaster (1373), and Kenny Dalglish (1951). After him are Godfrey Hounsfield (1919), Joseph Swan (1828), John Flamsteed (1646), John Gurdon (1933), William Jones (1746), and George Darwin (1845).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Stephen Gray ranks 10Before him are Fred Hoyle (1915), Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943), James Bradley (1693), William Lassell (1799), Martin Ryle (1918), and Antony Hewish (1924). After him are John Flamsteed (1646), George Darwin (1845), Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900), George Biddell Airy (1801), William Huggins (1824), and Margaret Burbidge (1919).