William Watson

1715 - 1787

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Sir William Watson, FRS (3 April 1715 – 10 May 1787) was a British physician and scientist who was born and died in London. His early work was in botany, and he helped to introduce the work of Carolus Linnaeus into England. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1741 and vice president in 1772. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Watson has received more than 32,292 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). William Watson is the 457th most popular physicist (down from 397th in 2019), the 1,912th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,647th in 2019) and the 49th most popular British Physicist.

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Over the past year William Watson has had the most page views in the with 3,830 views, followed by Chinese (2,478), and English (2,471). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Basque (68.91%), Catalan (57.04%), and Romanian (55.09%)


Among physicists, William Watson ranks 457 out of 851Before him are Boris Podolsky, Erich Hückel, Alan Guth, Marietta Blau, Jean Léonard Marie Poiseuille, and Berta Karlik. After him are Jules Jamin, Rashid Sunyaev, Giovanni Aldini, Christian Mayer, Eugen Goldstein, and Vikram Sarabhai.

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Among people born in 1715, William Watson ranks 13Before him are Johann Gottfried Bernhard Bach, Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau, Dorothea Erxleben, Ewald Christian von Kleist, and Christian Fürchtegott Gellert. After him are Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval, Johann Gottlob Leidenfrost, François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis, Pierre Charles Le Monnier, Jean-Étienne Guettard, and Pedro Antonio de Cevallos. Among people deceased in 1787, William Watson ranks 13Before him are Pompeo Batoni, Şahin Giray, Anna Amalia, Abbess of Quedlinburg, Charles, Prince of Soubise, Princess Carolina of Orange-Nassau, and Johann Karl August Musäus. After him are Ferdinando Galiani, Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, Philip II, Count of Schaumburg-Lippe, François Francoeur, Thomas Gage, and Princess Ulrike Friederike Wilhelmine of Hesse-Kassel.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Watson ranks 1,912 out of 8,785Before him are Arthur Young (1741), Ronnie Biggs (1929), Julian Sands (1958), Louise, Princess Royal (1867), William Jackson Hooker (1785), and William Kent (1685). After him are William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville (1759), Penelope Fitzgerald (1916), Willibald (700), Gerald Gardner (1884), Mary Cartwright (1900), and Arthur Tansley (1871).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, William Watson ranks 49Before him are Peter Mansfield (1933), Duncan Haldane (1951), John Henry Poynting (1852), John Canton (1718), John Dollond (1706), and Louis Harold Gray (1905). After him are Dennis W. Sciama (1926), John Kerr (1824), G. M. B. Dobson (1889), John Leslie (1766), William Robert Grove (1811), and William Edward Ayrton (1847).