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William John Macquorn Rankine

1820 - 1872

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William John Macquorn Rankine (; 5 July 1820 – 24 December 1872) was a Scottish mathematician and physicist. He was a founding contributor, with Rudolf Clausius and William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), to the science of thermodynamics, particularly focusing on its First Law. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William John Macquorn Rankine has received more than 196,123 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). William John Macquorn Rankine is the 51st most popular engineer (down from 28th in 2019), the 855th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 555th in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Engineer.

William John Macquorn Rankine was a Scottish engineer who is most famous for his work in thermodynamics. He is credited with the invention of the Rankine scale.

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Among engineers, William John Macquorn Rankine ranks 51 out of 323Before him are Edward A. Murphy Jr., Sergey Ilyushin, Ernst Heinkel, Emil Škoda, Banū Mūsā, and Henry Gantt. After him are Charles George Gordon, Bjarne Stroustrup, Gustaf de Laval, Kurt Gerstein, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and Arthur Scherbius.

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Among people born in 1820, William John Macquorn Rankine ranks 19Before him are Henri Vieuxtemps, Susan B. Anthony, Božena Němcová, William Tecumseh Sherman, Princess Alexandrine of Baden, and Lewis A. Swift. After him are John Tyndall, Mathilde Bonaparte, John Tenniel, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Yaqub Beg, and Edmond Becquerel. Among people deceased in 1872, William John Macquorn Rankine ranks 13Before him are Benito Juárez, Princess Feodora of Leiningen, Franz Grillparzer, Kawakami Gensai, N. F. S. Grundtvig, and William Webb Ellis. After him are Stanisław Moniuszko, Prince Albert of Prussia, Zeng Guofan, Ljudevit Gaj, Mary Somerville, and Aleksis Kivi.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William John Macquorn Rankine ranks 855 out of 7,765Before him are Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671), Albert Pierrepoint (1905), W. H. Auden (1907), Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax (1881), Olave Baden-Powell (1889), and William Penn (1645). After him are Billy Idol (1955), Harthacnut I of Denmark (880), John Hawkins (1532), Kevin Keegan (1951), Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland (1915), and Duncan I of Scotland (1001).

Among ENGINEERS In United Kingdom

Among engineers born in United Kingdom, William John Macquorn Rankine ranks 4Before him are Oliver Heaviside (1850), Godfrey Hounsfield (1919), and John Ambrose Fleming (1849). After him are Charles George Gordon (1833), Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806), Colin Chapman (1928), Ross Brawn (1954), Henry Royce (1863), Charles Rolls (1877), George Cayley (1773), and Patrick Head (1946).