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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 was instrumental in the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs, specifically the Rosetta Stone. 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 61,321 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Thomas Young is the 45th most popular physicist (up from 120th in 2019), the 154th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 386th in 2019) and the 10th 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 45 out of 717Before him are Pieter Zeeman, J. J. Thomson, Wolfgang Pauli, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Ernst Mach, and Andrei Sakharov. After him are James Chadwick, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Ludwig Boltzmann, Hermann von Helmholtz, Christian Doppler, and Wilhelm Wien.

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

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Young ranks 154 out of 7,765Before him are Ada Lovelace (1815), Catherine Parr (1512), Ian Fleming (1908), Alfred Marshall (1842), John Logie Baird (1888), and Henry IV of England (1367). After him are James Chadwick (1891), Ringo Starr (1940), Anne, Queen of Great Britain (1665), Saint Patrick (385), Mark Knopfler (1949), and Aleister Crowley (1875).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Thomas Young ranks 10Before him are Robert Hooke (1635), James Prescott Joule (1818), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), William Gilbert (1544), Paul Dirac (1902), and J. J. Thomson (1856). After him are James Chadwick (1891), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), Roger Penrose (1931), William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (1842), and Owen Willans Richardson (1879).