William Rowan Hamilton

1805 - 1865

William Rowan Hamilton

Sir William Rowan Hamilton MRIA (4 August 1805 – 2 September 1865) was an Irish mathematician, Andrews Professor of Astronomy at Trinity College Dublin, and Royal Astronomer of Ireland. He worked in both pure mathematics and mathematics for physics. He made important contributions to optics, classical mechanics and algebra. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Rowan Hamilton has received more than 535,794 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 90th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, William Rowan Hamilton ranks 90 out of 659Before him are John Bardeen, Owen Willans Richardson, Rudolf Clausius, Clinton Davisson, William Henry Bragg, and Emil Lenz. After him are Arthur Compton, Albert A. Michelson, Arnold Sommerfeld, C. F. Powell, George Gamow, and James Franck.

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Among people born in 1805, William Rowan Hamilton ranks 7Before him are Hans Christian Andersen, Alexis de Tocqueville, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, Giuseppe Mazzini, Princess Sophie of Bavaria, and Joseph Smith. After him are Ferdinand de Lesseps, Louis Auguste Blanqui, Fanny Mendelssohn, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Maria Anna of Bavaria, and Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin. Among people deceased in 1865, William Rowan Hamilton ranks 7Before him are Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Leopold I of Belgium, Ignaz Semmelweis, and Emil Lenz. After him are Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia, Johann Franz Encke, Robert FitzRoy, Infante Francisco de Paula, Duke of Cádiz, and Heinrich Barth.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, William Rowan Hamilton ranks 18 out of 366Before him are Peter O'Toole (1932), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), Michael Gambon (1940), W. B. Yeats (1865), Anne Bonny (1702), and Pierce Brosnan (1953). After him are Laurence Sterne (1713), Ernest Shackleton (1874), Richard Harris (1930), Columbanus (540), Michael Collins (1890), and Katie McGrath (1983).

Among PHYSICISTS In Ireland

Among physicists born in Ireland, William Rowan Hamilton ranks 1After him are Ernest Walton (1903), John Tyndall (1820), George Johnstone Stoney (1826), George Francis FitzGerald (1851), John Sealy Townsend (1868), and John Joly (1857).

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