Urbain Le Verrier

1811 - 1877

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Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier FRS (FOR) HFRSE (French: [yʁbɛ̃ ʒɑ̃ ʒɔzɛf lə vɛʁje]; 11 March 1811 – 23 September 1877) was a French astronomer and mathematician who specialized in celestial mechanics and is best known for predicting the existence and position of Neptune using only mathematics. The calculations were made to explain discrepancies with Uranus's orbit and the laws of Kepler and Newton. Le Verrier sent the coordinates to Johann Gottfried Galle in Berlin, asking him to verify. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Urbain Le Verrier has received more than 268,656 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Urbain Le Verrier is the 73rd most popular mathematician (down from 67th in 2019), the 498th most popular biography from France (down from 437th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Mathematician.

Urbain le verrier was a french mathematician who is most famous for his prediction of the position of the planet neptune.

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Among mathematicians, Urbain Le Verrier ranks 73 out of 823Before him are Jacob Bernoulli, Benoit Mandelbrot, Bhāskara II, Willebrord Snellius, Zhang Heng, and Katherine Johnson. After him are Giuseppe Peano, Andrey Kolmogorov, Richard Dedekind, Augustus De Morgan, Regiomontanus, and Alexander Grothendieck.

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Among people born in 1811, Urbain Le Verrier ranks 7Before him are Franz Liszt, Napoleon II, Évariste Galois, Robert Bunsen, Maximilian II of Bavaria, and Théophile Gautier. After him are William Makepeace Thackeray, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Isaac Singer, Louis Blanc, Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, and Vissarion Belinsky. Among people deceased in 1877, Urbain Le Verrier ranks 5Before him are Gustave Courbet, Brigham Young, Adolphe Thiers, and Saigō Takamori. After him are Crazy Horse, Henry Fox Talbot, Maria Anna of Bavaria, Amalie Auguste of Bavaria, Gustav, Prince of Vasa, Johan Ludvig Runeberg, and Hermann Grassmann.

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Among people born in France, Urbain Le Verrier ranks 498 out of 6,011Before him are Arthur Honegger (1892), Marius Petipa (1818), André Le Nôtre (1613), Baldwin II of Jerusalem (1060), Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647), and Suger (1080). After him are Pierre Laval (1883), Albert Lebrun (1871), Giambologna (1529), Paul Barras (1755), Lucien Bonaparte (1775), and Étienne de La Boétie (1530).


Among mathematicians born in France, Urbain Le Verrier ranks 15Before him are François Viète (1540), Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789), Sophie Germain (1776), Gaspard Monge (1746), Abraham de Moivre (1667), and Marin Mersenne (1588). After him are Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728), Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), Émilie du Châtelet (1706), Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), and Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698).