Thomas Young (scientist)

Thomas Young

Thomas Young (13 June 177310 May 1829) was an English genius and polymath, admired by, among others, William Herschel and Albert Einstein. He is famous for having partly deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphs (specifically the Rosetta Stone) before Jean-Francois Champollion eventually expanded on his work.


  • When I was a boy, I thought myself a man. Now that I am a man, I find myself a boy.
    • as quoted by Horatio B. Williams, Thomas Young, The Man and Physician, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 20, 35-49 (1930)

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