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Wilhelm Wien

1864 - 1928

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Wilhelm Carl Werner Otto Fritz Franz Wien (German pronunciation: [ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈviːn] (listen); 13 January 1864 – 30 August 1928) was a German physicist who, in 1893, used theories about heat and electromagnetism to deduce Wien's displacement law, which calculates the emission of a blackbody at any temperature from the emission at any one reference temperature. He also formulated an expression for the black-body radiation, which is correct in the photon-gas limit. His arguments were based on the notion of adiabatic invariance, and were instrumental for the formulation of quantum mechanics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Wien has received more than 249,843 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 80 in 2019). Wilhelm Wien is the 51st most popular physicist (up from 53rd in 2019), the 84th most popular biography from Russia (down from 81st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Russian Physicist.

Wilhelm Wien is most famous for his law, which says that the wavelength of a blackbody radiation is inversely proportional to its temperature.

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Among physicists, Wilhelm Wien ranks 51 out of 717Before him are Thomas Young, James Chadwick, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Ludwig Boltzmann, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Christian Doppler. After him are Georges Lemaître, Philipp Lenard, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Max Born, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Otto von Guericke.

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Among people born in 1864, Wilhelm Wien ranks 5Before him are Max Weber, Richard Strauss, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Alois Alzheimer. After him are Maurice Leblanc, Camille Claudel, Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Walther Nernst, Hermann Minkowski, and Alfred Hermann Fried. Among people deceased in 1928, Wilhelm Wien ranks 3Before him are Roald Amundsen and Hendrik Lorentz. After him are Leoš Janáček, Maria Feodorovna, Max Scheler, Emmeline Pankhurst, Édouard-Henri Avril, Pyotr Wrangel, Theodore William Richards, Johannes Fibiger, and Franz Stuck.

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Among people born in Russia, Wilhelm Wien ranks 84 out of 3,262Before him are Ivan III of Russia (1440), Mikhail Kutuzov (1745), Anna Pavlova (1881), Roman Jakobson (1896), Grigory Potemkin (1739), and Michael of Russia (1596). After him are Alexander Borodin (1833), Alexis of Russia (1629), Mikhail Kalinin (1875), Ivan Konev (1897), Andrei Rublev (1360), and Mikhail Tukhachevsky (1893).

Among PHYSICISTS In Russia

Among physicists born in Russia, Wilhelm Wien ranks 3Before him are Gustav Kirchhoff (1824) and Andrei Sakharov (1921). After him are Mikhail Lomonosov (1711), Arnold Sommerfeld (1868), Pavel Cherenkov (1904), Igor Tamm (1895), Igor Kurchatov (1903), Pyotr Kapitsa (1894), Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov (1928), Ilya Frank (1908), and Nikolay Basov (1922).