Thomas Young

1773 - 1829

Thomas Young

Thomas Young FRS (13 June 1773 – 10 May 1829) was a British polymath who made notable contributions to the fields of vision, light, solid mechanics, energy, physiology, language, musical harmony, and Egyptology. He "made a number of original and insightful innovations" in the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs (specifically the Rosetta Stone) before Jean-François Champollion eventually expanded on his work. Young has been described as "The Last Man Who Knew Everything". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Young has received more than 30,600 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 45th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Thomas Young ranks 45 out of 659Before him are Philipp Lenard, Wilhelm Röntgen, Ernst Mach, Pieter Zeeman, Lise Meitner, and Wolfgang Pauli. After him are Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Léon Foucault, Andrei Sakharov, James Chadwick, Christian Doppler, and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

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Among people born in 1773, Thomas Young ranks 3Before him are Klemens von Metternich and Louis Philippe I. After him are William Henry Harrison, Robert Brown, Friedrich Mohs, Ludwig Tieck, James Mill, Louis I of Etruria, Aimé Bonpland, Thérésa Tallien, and Maria Theresa of Austria-Este, Queen of Sardinia. Among people deceased in 1829, Thomas Young ranks 4Before him are Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Pope Leo XII, and Niels Henrik Abel. After him are Humphry Davy, John Jay, Maria Anna Mozart, Friedrich Schlegel, Paul Barras, Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, François-Joseph Gossec, and Alexander Griboyedov.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Young ranks 123 out of 5,347Before him are Michael Caine (1933), Henry Purcell (1659), Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom (1857), Brian May (1947), James II of England (1633), and Robert the Bruce (1274). After him are Mark Knopfler (1949), John Napier (1550), George V (1865), Alfred Russel Wallace (1823), Edward VIII (1894), and Charles I of England (1600).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Thomas Young ranks 10Before him are James Clerk Maxwell (1831), James Prescott Joule (1818), Robert Hooke (1635), J. J. Thomson (1856), William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), and Paul Dirac (1902). After him are James Chadwick (1891), William Gilbert (1544), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), Peter Higgs (1929), John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (1842), and Owen Willans Richardson (1879).