So who was Ørsted, and what did he do to deserve the Internet's ultimate accolade?
Born in 1777 in Rudkøbing, Denmark, Ørsted established in 1820 that an electrical current coursing through a wire creates a magnetic field that can deflect a compass needle.
Ørsted's seemingly simple observation was nevertheless likely the first to link electricity and magnetism, explained physicist Paul Cadden-Zimansky of the U.S. National Magnetic Field Laboratory at the University of Florida.
It has been my unwritten mission to highlight the contribution of many physicists who are not household names. Yet, these people made such important contributions to our body of knowledge, some of them more than those household names, and probably made more impact on how we live today.