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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 41,572 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). William Gilbert is the 35th most popular physicist (up from 49th in 2019), the 126th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 164th in 2019) and the 7th 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 35 out of 717Before him are Hendrik Lorentz, Ibn al-Haytham, Henry Cavendish, Gustav Kirchhoff, Louis de Broglie, and Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit. After him are Paul Dirac, Léon Foucault, Lise Meitner, Pieter Zeeman, J. J. Thomson, and Wolfgang Pauli.

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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, Şah Sultan, Renata of Lorraine, Anna of Saxony, Maria Temryukovna, Giovanni Botero, Sigismund Rákóczi, and Maddalena Casulana. 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, Maerten de Vos, Irina Godunova, and Pierre Charron.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Gilbert ranks 126 out of 7,765Before him are Catherine Howard (1523), Brian May (1947), Mick Jagger (1943), Lady Godiva (990), Blackbeard (1680), and Robert the Bruce (1274). After him are Cary Grant (1904), Paul Dirac (1902), Christopher Lee (1922), Joseph Priestley (1733), Michael Caine (1933), and Henry Purcell (1659).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, William Gilbert ranks 7Before him are Isaac Newton (1643), Stephen Hawking (1942), Michael Faraday (1791), Robert Hooke (1635), James Prescott Joule (1818), and James Clerk Maxwell (1831). After him are Paul Dirac (1902), J. J. Thomson (1856), Thomas Young (1773), James Chadwick (1891), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), and Roger Penrose (1931).