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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 426,610 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia. Arthur Compton is the 91st most popular physicist (down from 88th in 2019), the 356th most popular biography from United States (up from 377th in 2019) and the 8th 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 91 out of 717Before him are Clinton Davisson, Eugene Wigner, John Bardeen, Arnold Sommerfeld, Peter Higgs, and Paul Langevin. After him are Charles Édouard Guillaume, Dennis Gabor, James Franck, Manne Siegbahn, William Henry Bragg, and Edward Teller.

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Among people born in 1892, Arthur Compton ranks 19Before him are Oliver Hardy, Alexander Alekhine, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Sepp Dietrich, Theodor Eicke, and Amanullah Khan. After him are J. Paul Getty, Gregor Strasser, Ferdinand Schörner, Arthur Honegger, Engelbert Dollfuss, and Erwin Panofsky. Among people deceased in 1962, Arthur Compton ranks 12Before him are William Faulkner, Karen Blixen, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lucky Luciano, Georges Bataille, and Yves Klein. After him are Gaston Bachelard, Auguste Piccard, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Vasily Stalin, Natalia Goncharova, and Hans Luther.

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Among people born in United States, Arthur Compton ranks 356 out of 18,182Before him are Shaquille O'Neal (1972), Tim Burton (1958), Charlie Parker (1920), Robert Forster (1941), James A. Garfield (1831), and 50 Cent (1975). After him are Jack Lemmon (1925), Henry James (1843), Robert Johnson (1911), Jefferson Davis (1808), Hugh Hefner (1926), and Zodiac Killer (1940).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Arthur Compton ranks 8Before him are J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904), Robert Andrews Millikan (1868), Carl David Anderson (1905), Barry Barish (1936), Clinton Davisson (1881), and John Bardeen (1908). After him are Joseph Henry (1797), Kip Thorne (1940), Owen Chamberlain (1920), Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921), Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), and Ernest Lawrence (1901).