Arthur Compton

1892 - 1962

Arthur Compton

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 of the Manhattan Project's Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago, 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 288,783 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 91st most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Arthur Compton ranks 91 out of 659Before him are Owen Willans Richardson, Rudolf Clausius, Clinton Davisson, William Henry Bragg, Emil Lenz, and William Rowan Hamilton. After him are Albert A. Michelson, Arnold Sommerfeld, C. F. Powell, George Gamow, James Franck, and Lawrence Bragg.

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Among people born in 1892, Arthur Compton ranks 16Before him are Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, J. Paul Getty, Alexander Alekhine, Oliver Hardy, and Sepp Dietrich. After him are Theodor Eicke, Engelbert Dollfuss, Martin Niemöller, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Arthur Honegger, and Ferdinand Schörner. Among people deceased in 1962, Arthur Compton ranks 10Before him are Adolf Eichmann, William Faulkner, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Karen Blixen, Lucky Luciano, and Eleanor Roosevelt. After him are Georges Bataille, Yves Klein, Georgios Papanikolaou, Gaston Bachelard, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Auguste Piccard.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Arthur Compton ranks 291 out of 12,171Before him are Burt Lancaster (1913), Claude Shannon (1916), Spencer Tracy (1900), Marvin Gaye (1939), Paul Samuelson (1915), and Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936). After him are William Howard Taft (1857), Tim Cook (1960), Andrew Johnson (1808), James A. Garfield (1831), Henry James (1843), and Susan Sarandon (1946).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Arthur Compton ranks 7Before him are Richard Feynman (1918), Robert Andrews Millikan (1868), Carl David Anderson (1905), J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904), John Bardeen (1908), and Clinton Davisson (1881). After him are Owen Chamberlain (1920), Ernest Lawrence (1901), Barry Barish (1936), Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), Murray Gell-Mann (1929), and John Robert Schrieffer (1931).