William Ramsay

1852 - 1916

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Sir William Ramsay (; 2 October 1852 – 23 July 1916) was a Scottish chemist who discovered the noble gases and received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904 "in recognition of his services in the discovery of the inert gaseous elements in air" along with his collaborator, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, who received the Nobel Prize in Physics that same year for their discovery of argon. After the two men identified argon, Ramsay investigated other atmospheric gases. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Ramsay has received more than 596,082 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 80 in 2019). William Ramsay is the 22nd most popular chemist (up from 34th in 2019), the 167th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 286th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Chemist.

William Ramsay was a Scottish chemist who lived in the late 1800s. He is most famous for his discovery of the noble gases and for the discovery of argon.

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Over the past year William Ramsay has had the most page views in the with 48,289 views, followed by Spanish (10,682), and German (9,042). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Indonesian (472.85%), Kurdish (Sorani) (156.44%), and Hakka (135.60%)


Among chemists, William Ramsay ranks 22 out of 602Before him are Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, Linus Pauling, Edwin McMillan, Friedrich Wöhler, and Paul Karrer. After him are Emil Fischer, Eduard Buchner, Albert Hofmann, Otto Wallach, Humphry Davy, and Justus von Liebig.

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Among people born in 1852, William Ramsay ranks 6Before him are Antoni Gaudí, Henri Becquerel, Emperor Meiji, Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, and Gojong of Korea. After him are Emil Fischer, Albert A. Michelson, Henri Moissan, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Joseph Joffre, and Francisco Tárrega. Among people deceased in 1916, William Ramsay ranks 7Before him are Grigori Rasputin, Franz Joseph I of Austria, Jack London, Ernst Mach, Yuan Shikai, and Henryk Sienkiewicz. After him are Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Élie Metchnikoff, Franz Marc, Odilon Redon, Umberto Boccioni, and Richard Dedekind.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Ramsay ranks 167 out of 8,785Before him are J. K. Rowling (1965), Alfred Marshall (1842), Francis Crick (1916), Saint Patrick (385), Edward V of England (1470), and Princess Helena of the United Kingdom (1846). After him are Brian May (1947), Roger Waters (1943), Anthony Eden (1897), Duns Scotus (1265), George Boole (1815), and Guy Fawkes (1570).

Among CHEMISTS In United Kingdom

Among chemists born in United Kingdom, William Ramsay ranks 2Before him are John Dalton (1766). After him are Humphry Davy (1778), Frederick Sanger (1918), Arthur Harden (1865), Frederick Soddy (1877), Norman Haworth (1883), Francis William Aston (1877), William Crookes (1832), Henry Hallett Dale (1875), Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861), and Robert Robinson (1886).