Willebrord Snellius

1580 - 1626

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Willebrord Snellius (born Willebrord Snel van Royen) (13 June 1580 – 30 October 1626) was a Dutch astronomer and mathematician, AKA Snell. His name is usually associated with the law of refraction of light known as Snell's law.The lunar crater Snellius is named after Willebrord Snellius. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Willebrord Snellius has received more than 175,480 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia. Willebrord Snellius is the 70th most popular mathematician (down from 61st in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 38th in 2019) and the most popular Mathematician.

Willebrord Snellius is most famous for his law of refraction, which is the law that governs the relationship between the angle of incidence and the angle of refraction.

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Among mathematicians, Willebrord Snellius ranks 70 out of 823Before him are Alfred North Whitehead, Ludolph van Ceulen, Hermann Minkowski, Jacob Bernoulli, Benoit Mandelbrot, and Bhāskara II. After him are Zhang Heng, Katherine Johnson, Urbain Le Verrier, Giuseppe Peano, Andrey Kolmogorov, and Richard Dedekind.

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Among people born in 1580, Willebrord Snellius ranks 2Before him is Jan Baptist van Helmont. After him are Gabriel Bethlen, John Smith, Josaphat Kuntsevych, Köprülü Mehmed Pasha, Charles I Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, Ernst von Mansfeld, Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Andrea Falconieri, Augusta of Denmark, and Pierre Vernier. Among people deceased in 1626, Willebrord Snellius ranks 3Before him are Francis Bacon and Nurhaci. After him are John Dowland, William V, Duke of Bavaria, Ernst von Mansfeld, Isabella of Savoy, Adriaen de Vries, Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, Christian the Younger of Brunswick, Ferdinando Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, and Pietro Cataldi.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Willebrord Snellius ranks 46 out of 1,427Before him are Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (1870), Jan van Riebeeck (1619), Marco van Basten (1964), Thomas Bernhard (1931), André Rieu (1949), and Max Euwe (1901). After him are Johan de Witt (1625), Theo van Doesburg (1883), Jacob van Ruisdael (1628), Frank Rijkaard (1962), Christiaan Eijkman (1858), and Han van Meegeren (1889).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In Netherlands

Among mathematicians born in Netherlands, Willebrord Snellius ranks 1After him are Willem de Sitter (1872), L. E. J. Brouwer (1881), Isaac Beeckman (1588), Gemma Frisius (1508), Bartel Leendert van der Waerden (1903), Hendrik C. van de Hulst (1918), Auguste Kerckhoffs (1835), Willem 's Gravesande (1688), Thomas Joannes Stieltjes (1856), Arend Heyting (1898), and Diederik Korteweg (1848).