William Sturgeon

1783 - 1850

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William Sturgeon (22 May 1783 – 4 December 1850) was an English physicist and inventor who made the first electromagnets, and invented the first practical electric motor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Sturgeon has received more than 171,960 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). William Sturgeon is the 348th most popular physicist (up from 353rd in 2019), the 1,181st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,397th in 2019) and the 41st most popular British Physicist.

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Among physicists, William Sturgeon ranks 348 out of 851Before him are Hans Kramers, Jean Charles Athanase Peltier, Jean-Charles de Borda, Franz Ernst Neumann, Walter A. Shewhart, and Leopold Infeld. After him are Marguerite Perey, Moritz von Jacobi, Stephen Hales, Yakov Zeldovich, Heinrich Geißler, and Galileo Ferraris.

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Among people born in 1783, William Sturgeon ranks 17Before him are Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia, Archduke Rainer Joseph of Austria, Catharina of Württemberg, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Roustam Raza, and Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. After him are François Magendie, Prince Wilhelm of Prussia, Augustus, Grand Duke of Oldenburg, Georgios Sinas, Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel, and Princess Amelia of the United Kingdom. Among people deceased in 1850, William Sturgeon ranks 22Before him are Robert Peel, Nikolaus Lenau, Jean-Pierre Boyer, Józef Bem, Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, and Adam Oehlenschläger. After him are Vincent Pallotti, Archduke Ferdinand Karl Joseph of Austria-Este, William Prout, Johann Gottfried Schadow, John C. Calhoun, and Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Sturgeon ranks 1,181 out of 8,785Before him are Glenda Jackson (1936), Sarah Brightman (1960), J. B. S. Haldane (1892), Stephen Fry (1957), Marc Bolan (1947), and John Gay (1685). After him are Emily Blunt (1983), Louis Lucien Bonaparte (1813), Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood (1864), John Fisher (1469), Max Mosley (1940), and Thomas Browne (1605).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, William Sturgeon ranks 41Before him are Nevill Francis Mott (1905), Freeman Dyson (1923), James Jeans (1877), William Whewell (1794), Joseph Swan (1828), and John Stewart Bell (1928). After him are Stephen Hales (1677), Peter Mansfield (1933), Duncan Haldane (1951), John Henry Poynting (1852), John Canton (1718), and John Dollond (1706).