Arthur Ashkin

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Arthur Ashkin

Arthur Ashkin (September 2, 1922 – September 21, 2020) was an American scientist and Nobel laureate who worked at Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies. Ashkin has been considered by many as the father of optical tweezers, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 at age 96, becoming the oldest Nobel Laureate until 2019 when John B. Goodenough was awarded at 97. He resided in Rumson, New Jersey.Ashkin started his work on manipulation of microparticles with laser light in the late 1960s which resulted in the invention of optical tweezers in 1986. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arthur Ashkin has received more than 293,466 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 194th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Arthur Ashkin ranks 193 out of 659Before him are Vitaly Ginzburg, Edward Mills Purcell, K. Alex Müller, Zhores Alferov, David Brewster, and Edme Mariotte. After him are Charles H. Townes, John Cockcroft, Patrick Blackett, Michio Kaku, John L. Hall, and Roy J. Glauber.

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Among people born in 1922, Arthur Ashkin ranks 36Before him are Agostinho Neto, Vittorio Gassman, Liliane Bettencourt, Nikolay Basov, Yang Chen-Ning, and Stanley Cohen. After him are Jason Robards, Telly Savalas, Miguel Muñoz, Olga Ladyzhenskaya, Leon M. Lederman, and Julius Nyerere.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Arthur Ashkin ranks 696 out of 12,171Before him are Quincy Jones (1933), Diana Ross (1944), Robert Nozick (1938), Montgomery Clift (1920), Martha Graham (1894), and Pat Morita (1932). After him are Patricia Highsmith (1921), Ron Perlman (1950), Samuel Barber (1910), James Earl Jones (1931), Jimmy Connors (1952), and Michelle Obama (1964).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Arthur Ashkin ranks 33Before him are Melvin Schwartz (1932), Hugh Everett III (1930), Robert Coleman Richardson (1937), Burton Richter (1931), Sheldon Lee Glashow (1932), and Edward Mills Purcell (1912). After him are Charles H. Townes (1915), Michio Kaku (1947), John L. Hall (1934), Roy J. Glauber (1925), Val Logsdon Fitch (1923), and Robert Hofstadter (1915).