William Huggins

1824 - 1910

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Sir William Huggins (7 February 1824 – 12 May 1910) was a British astronomer best known for his pioneering work in astronomical spectroscopy together with his wife, Margaret. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Huggins has received more than 125,061 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). William Huggins is the 111th most popular astronomer (down from 97th in 2019), the 979th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 935th in 2019) and the 13th most popular British Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, William Huggins ranks 111 out of 644Before him are Angelo Secchi, Jean Picard, Petrus Plancius, James Van Allen, Henry Norris Russell, and Karl Ludwig Harding. After him are Édouard Stephan, Mary Somerville, Edward Charles Pickering, John Louis Emil Dreyer, Walter Sydney Adams, and Heinrich Schwabe.

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Among people born in 1824, William Huggins ranks 18Before him are Wilkie Collins, Marie Duplessis, Carl Reinecke, Dayananda Saraswati, Antoine, Duke of Montpensier, and Stonewall Jackson. After him are Princess Francisca of Brazil, Princess Sophie of the Netherlands, William Walker, Jozef Israëls, Ludwig Büchner, and Tokugawa Iesada. Among people deceased in 1910, William Huggins ranks 32Before him are William Holman Hunt, Albert Anker, Carl Reinecke, Jean Moréas, Arkhip Kuindzhi, and Mikhail Vrubel. After him are Richard Abegg, Auguste Charlois, Alexander Agassiz, Henri-Edmond Cross, Prince Robert, Duke of Chartres, and Boutros Ghali.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Huggins ranks 979 out of 8,785Before him are P. G. Wodehouse (1881), PJ Harvey (1969), Keith Moon (1946), Slash (1965), Denholm Elliott (1922), and Lewis Hamilton (1985). After him are Brian Clough (1935), John Hawkins (1532), Neil Gaiman (1960), Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales (1594), Joan Robinson (1903), and Peter Benenson (1921).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, William Huggins ranks 13Before him are Antony Hewish (1924), John Flamsteed (1646), James Bradley (1693), Stephen Gray (1666), George Darwin (1845), and Adelard of Bath (1075). After him are Mary Somerville (1780), William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (1800), James Dunlop (1793), Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900), George Biddell Airy (1801), and John Russell Hind (1823).