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Stephen Gray

1666 - 1736

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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 5,739 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Stephen Gray is the 76th most popular astronomer (down from 67th in 2019), the 794th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 715th 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.

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Among astronomers, Stephen Gray ranks 76 out of 531Before him are William Lassell, Victor Ambartsumian, Abu Hanifa Dinawari, Max Wolf, Russell Alan Hulse, and Abū Ishāq Ibrāhīm al-Zarqālī. After him are Petrus Plancius, Arthur B. McDonald, Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani, Karl Ludwig Harding, Lewis A. Swift, and Walter Baade.

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Among people born in 1666, Stephen Gray ranks 5Before him are Ivan V of Russia, Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia, Guru Gobind Singh, and Sophia Dorothea of Celle. After him are Maria Sophia of Neuburg, Marie Anne de Bourbon, Antonio Maria Valsalva, Odoardo Farnese, Hereditary Prince of Parma, Jean-Féry Rebel, Marie Thérèse de Bourbon, and Princess Henriëtte Amalia of Anhalt-Dessau. Among people deceased in 1736, Stephen Gray ranks 7Before him are Ahmed III, Prince Eugene of Savoy, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Antonio Caldara, and Louis Auguste, Duke of Maine. After him are Filippo Juvarra, Louise Diane d'Orléans, René Duguay-Trouin, Theophan Prokopovich, Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, and Caspar van Wittel.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Stephen Gray ranks 794 out of 7,765Before him are Alan Hodgkin (1914), Danny Boyle (1956), Lady Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton (1850), Matt Busby (1909), John Ray (1627), and Richard Stone (1913). After him are Archibald Hill (1886), David Cameron (1966), Bernard Cornwell (1944), Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689), John Vane (1927), and Wentworth Miller (1972).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Stephen Gray ranks 10Before him are Arthur Eddington (1882), James Bradley (1693), John Flamsteed (1646), Martin Ryle (1918), George Darwin (1845), and William Lassell (1799). After him are Antony Hewish (1924), William Huggins (1824), Mary Somerville (1780), George Biddell Airy (1801), Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900), and Jeremiah Horrocks (1618).