William Gilbert

1544 - 1603

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William Gilbert (; 24 May 1544? – 30 November 1603), also known as Gilberd, was an English physician, physicist and natural philosopher. He passionately rejected both the prevailing Aristotelian philosophy and the Scholastic method of university teaching. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Gilbert has received more than 46,988 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). William Gilbert is the 46th most popular physicist (down from 35th in 2019), the 128th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 126th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Physicist.

William Gilbert is most famous for his work in the 1600s on magnetism. He coined the term "magnetism" and was one of the first to study it.

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Among physicists, William Gilbert ranks 46 out of 851Before him are Lise Meitner, Gerard 't Hooft, Max von Laue, Pieter Zeeman, J. J. Thomson, and Philipp Lenard. After him are Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Léon Foucault, Christian Doppler, Barry Barish, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, and Johannes Diderik van der Waals.

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Among people born in 1544, William Gilbert ranks 2Before him is Francis II of France. After him are Torquato Tasso, Ismihan Sultan, Gevherhan Sultan, Renata of Lorraine, Maria Temryukovna, Şah Sultan, Anna of Saxony, Maddalena Casulana, Gillis van Coninxloo, and Giovanni Botero. Among people deceased in 1603, William Gilbert ranks 4Before him are Elizabeth I of England, Mehmed III, and François Viète. After him are Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress, Ahmad al-Mansur, Şehzade Mahmud, Andrea Cesalpino, Sharafkhan Bidlisi, Ulrich, Duke of Mecklenburg, Pierre Charron, and George Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Gilbert ranks 128 out of 8,785Before him are Rosalind Franklin (1920), George Stephenson (1781), Anne, Queen of Great Britain (1665), Brian Johnson (1947), Mark Knopfler (1949), and Robert Owen (1771). After him are Roger Moore (1927), Victoria, Princess Royal (1840), Aldous Huxley (1894), Bobby Charlton (1937), Edward VII (1841), and Henry VI of England (1421).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, William Gilbert ranks 9Before him are Michael Faraday (1791), James Prescott Joule (1818), Robert Hooke (1635), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), Paul Dirac (1902), and J. J. Thomson (1856). After him are William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), Thomas Young (1773), James Chadwick (1891), C. F. Powell (1903), Charles Glover Barkla (1877), and Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869).