Antony Hewish

1924 - 2021

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Antony Hewish (11 May 1924 – 13 September 2021) was a British radio astronomer who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1974 (together with fellow radio-astronomer Martin Ryle) for his role in the discovery of pulsars. He was also awarded the Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1969. Hewish attended King's College, Taunton. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Antony Hewish has received more than 333,789 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Antony Hewish is the 58th most popular astronomer (up from 91st in 2019), the 578th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 912th in 2019) and the 7th most popular British Astronomer.

Antony Hewish is most famous for his discovery of pulsars, which are rotating neutron stars that emit electromagnetic radiation in the form of radio waves.

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Among astronomers, Antony Hewish ranks 58 out of 644Before him are Varāhamihira, Pierre Janssen, Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, William Alfred Fowler, Max Wolf, and Johann Bayer. After him are Pieter van Musschenbroek, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Johann Franz Encke, Simon Marius, Asaph Hall, and Pierre Méchain.

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Among people born in 1924, Antony Hewish ranks 40Before him are Henry Mancini, Truman Capote, Lys Assia, Amílcar Cabral, Christopher Tolkien, and Dmitry Yazov. After him are Jin Yong, Leon Uris, John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, Karmapa, Ed Wood, and Luigi Nono. Among people deceased in 2021, Antony Hewish ranks 35Before him are Richard R. Ernst, Donald Rumsfeld, Steven Weinberg, Jorge Sampaio, Nawal El Saadawi, and Richard Rogers. After him are Aaron T. Beck, Idriss Déby, Karolos Papoulias, Robert Mundell, Marie, Princess of Liechtenstein, and Edward de Bono.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Antony Hewish ranks 578 out of 8,785Before him are Malcolm Young (1953), John Davis (1550), Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (1596), Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796), A. J. Cronin (1896), and Jonathan Pryce (1947). After him are Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767), Richard of Cornwall (1209), Maud of Wales (1869), Niels Kaj Jerne (1911), A. S. Neill (1883), and Chris Slade (1946).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Antony Hewish ranks 7Before him are Edmond Halley (1656), Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943), Martin Ryle (1918), Arthur Eddington (1882), Fred Hoyle (1915), and William Lassell (1799). After him are John Flamsteed (1646), James Bradley (1693), Stephen Gray (1666), George Darwin (1845), Adelard of Bath (1075), and William Huggins (1824).