Arthur Compton

1892 - 1962

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Arthur Holly Compton (September 10, 1892 – March 15, 1962) was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1927 for his 1923 discovery of the Compton effect, which demonstrated the particle nature of electromagnetic radiation. It was a sensational discovery at the time: the wave nature of light had been well-demonstrated, but the idea that light had both wave and particle properties was not easily accepted. He is also known for his leadership over the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago during the Manhattan Project, and served as chancellor of Washington University in St. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arthur Compton has received more than 570,562 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Arthur Compton is the 155th most popular physicist (down from 91st in 2019), the 572nd most popular biography from United States (down from 356th in 2019) and the 18th most popular American Physicist.

Arthur Compton was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1927 for his discovery of the Compton effect, which demonstrated that light has both wave and particle properties.

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Among physicists, Arthur Compton ranks 155 out of 851Before him are Karl Schwarzschild, Willard Boyle, Johann Jakob Balmer, Albert Fert, Hans Geiger, and Maurice Wilkins. After him are Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Hugh Everett III, Henry Moseley, Nicolaas Bloembergen, Klaus Fuchs, and Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron.

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Among people born in 1892, Arthur Compton ranks 33Before him are Ernst Lubitsch, William P. Murphy, Shirō Ishii, Erwin Panofsky, Amanullah Khan, and Erhard Milch. After him are Marina Tsvetaeva, Andrey Yeryomenko, Robert Ritter von Greim, Bruno Schulz, Darius Milhaud, and Corneille Heymans. Among people deceased in 1962, Arthur Compton ranks 15Before him are Lucky Luciano, Georges Bataille, Yves Klein, Gaston Bachelard, Hans Luther, and Auguste Piccard. After him are Vasily Stalin, René Coty, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Fritz Kreisler, Gabriele Münter, and Michael Curtiz.

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Among people born in United States, Arthur Compton ranks 572 out of 20,380Before him are Leonard Nimoy (1931), Charles Goodyear (1800), Sean Penn (1960), Eddie Murphy (1961), Dennis Ritchie (1941), and Steven Tyler (1948). After him are John Coltrane (1926), Babe Ruth (1895), Harry Belafonte (1927), Roy Orbison (1936), Sidney Sheldon (1917), and Stanley Cohen (1922).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Arthur Compton ranks 18Before him are Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), Joseph Henry (1797), Val Logsdon Fitch (1923), Robert Coleman Richardson (1937), Donald A. Glaser (1926), and Kip Thorne (1940). After him are Hugh Everett III (1930), Melvin Schwartz (1932), George E. Smith (1930), Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921), Martin Lewis Perl (1927), and James Rainwater (1917).