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 37,990 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). William Gilbert is the 49th most popular physicist (up from 56th in 2019), the 165th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 168th 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 49 out of 721Before him are Ludwig Boltzmann, Paul Dirac, Hermann von Helmholtz, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Christian Doppler, and Heike Kamerlingh Onnes. After him are Georges Lemaître, James Chadwick, Otto von Guericke, Wilhelm Wien, Max Born, and William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin.

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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, Anna of Saxony, Renata of Lorraine, Maria Temryukovna, Sigismund Rákóczi, Gillis van Coninxloo, and Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas. 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, Andrea Cesalpino, Sharafkhan Bidlisi, Maerten de Vos, Pierre Charron, Ostilio Ricci, and George Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Gilbert ranks 165 out of 6,924Before him are Mark Knopfler (1949), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), Humphry Davy (1778), Joseph Priestley (1733), Mick Jagger (1943), and Alfred Marshall (1842). After him are Francis Crick (1916), Howard Carter (1874), Anne, Queen of Great Britain (1665), Edward Smith (1850), Rowan Atkinson (1955), and Olav V of Norway (1903).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, William Gilbert ranks 9Before him are Michael Faraday (1791), James Prescott Joule (1818), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), Robert Hooke (1635), J. J. Thomson (1856), and Paul Dirac (1902). After him are James Chadwick (1891), William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (1842), Peter Higgs (1929), and Owen Willans Richardson (1879).