Thomas Young

1773 - 1829

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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 35,677 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Thomas Young is the 120th most popular physicist (down from 45th in 2019), the 387th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 123rd in 2019) and the 20th most popular British Physicist.

Thomas Young was most famous for his work in the field of optics, specifically his work with light and lenses. He also made contributions to the fields of Egyptology and linguistics.

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Among physicists, Thomas Young ranks 120 out of 721Before him are Kip Thorne, Auguste Piccard, Felix Bloch, Henry Moseley, Simon van der Meer, and Karl Schwarzschild. After him are Walther Bothe, Josiah Willard Gibbs, J. Hans D. Jensen, George Paget Thomson, Edward Victor Appleton, and Isidor Isaac Rabi.

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Among people born in 1773, Thomas Young ranks 4Before him are Klemens von Metternich, Louis Philippe I, and William Henry Harrison. After him are Ludwig Tieck, Friedrich Mohs, Robert Brown, James Mill, Aimé Bonpland, Louis I of Etruria, Jean Charles Léonard de Sismondi, and Luisa of Naples and Sicily. Among people deceased in 1829, Thomas Young ranks 9Before him are Niels Henrik Abel, Humphry Davy, John Jay, Maria Anna Mozart, Friedrich Schlegel, and Paul Barras. After him are Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, Alexander Griboyedov, François-Joseph Gossec, Mauro Giuliani, Maria Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Massa, and Maria Josepha Amalia of Saxony.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Young ranks 387 out of 6,924Before him are Anne, Princess Royal (1950), Robert Walpole (1676), John Everett Millais (1829), Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales (1453), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), and Richard Owen (1804). After him are Arthur Harden (1865), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), Æthelred the Unready (968), Bobby Charlton (1937), Richard Wright (1943), and William Laud (1573).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Thomas Young ranks 20Before him are Peter Higgs (1929), Owen Willans Richardson (1879), William Henry Bragg (1862), Charles Glover Barkla (1877), C. F. Powell (1903), and Henry Moseley (1887). After him are George Paget Thomson (1892), Edward Victor Appleton (1892), Roger Penrose (1931), William Shockley (1910), David Brewster (1781), and Osborne Reynolds (1842).