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, known in the English-speaking world as Snell. In the west, especially the English speaking countries, his name is attached to the law of refraction of light (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 147,035 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Willebrord Snellius is the 61st most popular mathematician (up from 70th in 2019), the 38th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 39th in 2019) and the most popular Dutch 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 61 out of 828Before him are Ludolph van Ceulen, Nikolai Lobachevsky, Marin Mersenne, Karl Weierstrass, Al-Battani, and Abu al-Wafa' Buzjani. After him are Zhang Heng, Alfred North Whitehead, Abraham de Moivre, Claude Shannon, Hermann Minkowski, and Urbain Le Verrier.

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Among people born in 1580, Willebrord Snellius ranks 1After him are Jan Baptist van Helmont, John Smith, Köprülü Mehmed Pasha, Gabriel Bethlen, Charles I Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, Ernst von Mansfeld, Josaphat Kuntsevych, Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Augusta of Denmark, António de Andrade, and Pierre Vernier. Among people deceased in 1626, Willebrord Snellius ranks 3Before him are Francis Bacon and Nurhaci. After him are John Dowland, Ernst von Mansfeld, William V, Duke of Bavaria, Adriaen de Vries, Isabella of Savoy, Christian the Younger of Brunswick, Ferdinando Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, and Pietro Cataldi.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Willebrord Snellius ranks 38 out of 1,209Before him are Rutger Hauer (1944), Michiel de Ruyter (1607), André Rieu (1949), Jan Steen (1626), Jan van Riebeeck (1619), and Theo van Gogh (1857). After him are William II of the Netherlands (1792), Ronald Koeman (1963), Peter Debye (1884), Theo van Doesburg (1883), Thomas Bernhard (1931), and Max Euwe (1901).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In Netherlands

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