Wilhelm von Biela

1782 - 1856

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Baron Wilhelm von Biela (German: Wilhelm Freiherr von Biela; March 19, 1782 – February 18, 1856) was a German-Austrian military officer and amateur astronomer. Wilhelm von Biela was born in Roßla, Harz (Northern Germany). He was a descendant of a prominent Protestant noble family originally from what is now the Czech Republic, the family having been exiled to Saxony after its head, Friedrich von Biela, was executed in Prague in 1621 during the religious wars of the period. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm von Biela has received more than 15,379 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Wilhelm von Biela is the 245th most popular astronomer (down from 240th in 2019), the 2,876th most popular biography from Germany (up from 2,900th in 2019) and the 42nd most popular German Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Wilhelm von Biela ranks 245 out of 644Before him are Thomas Gold, Guillaume Le Gentil, George Mary Searle, Giovanni Battista Donati, Giovanni Domenico Maraldi, and Jean Fernel. After him are César-François Cassini de Thury, Oenopides, Vesto Slipher, William Wallace Campbell, Svetlana Gerasimenko, and Bengt Strömgren.

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Among people born in 1782, Wilhelm von Biela ranks 26Before him are Archduke Maximilian of Austria-Este, Faustin Soulouque, Pierre Berthier, Ludwig Adolf Wilhelm von Lützow, Robert Morrison, and Princess Marie of Baden. After him are Conrad Graf, Esaias Tegnér, Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied, Orest Kiprensky, Alexander von Benckendorff, and Julie Guicciardi. Among people deceased in 1856, Wilhelm von Biela ranks 30Before him are Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel, Said bin Sultan, Sultan of Muscat and Oman, John Ross, William Buckland, Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, and Nicolas-Charles Bochsa. After him are Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, Emil Aarestrup, Karel Havlíček Borovský, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Vicente López y Planes, and Lev Perovski.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm von Biela ranks 2,876 out of 7,253Before him are Karl Pfeffer-Wildenbruch (1888), Susanna of Bavaria (1502), Johannes Werner (1468), Elga Andersen (1935), Cornelia Funke (1958), and Harold Faltermeyer (1952). After him are John, Margrave of Brandenburg-Küstrin (1513), Edzard II, Count of East Frisia (1532), Josias von Heeringen (1850), Franz Joseph Emil Fischer (1877), Ludwig Rellstab (1799), and Karl Genzken (1885).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Germany

Among astronomers born in Germany, Wilhelm von Biela ranks 42Before him are Johann Heinrich von Mädler (1794), Heinrich Christian Schumacher (1780), Johannes Fabricius (1587), Johann Karl Friedrich Zöllner (1834), Wilhelm Beer (1797), and Johannes Schöner (1477). After him are Maria Clara Eimmart (1676), Freimut Börngen (1930), Otto Lesser (1830), Carl Gustav Witt (1866), Franz Kaiser (1891), and Karl Christian Bruhns (1830).