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 366,799 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Arthur Compton is the 88th most popular physicist (up from 91st in 2019), the 377th most popular biography from United States (down from 291st in 2019) and the 4th 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 88 out of 721Before him are Arnold Sommerfeld, William Rowan Hamilton, Edward Teller, C. V. Raman, Dennis Gabor, and James Franck. After him are Aage Bohr, Carl David Anderson, Peter Debye, Gabriel Lippmann, Ernst Abbe, and Ernst Ruska.

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Among people born in 1892, Arthur Compton ranks 21Before him are Sepp Dietrich, Martin Niemöller, Engelbert Dollfuss, J. Paul Getty, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, and Ferdinand Schörner. After him are Arthur Honegger, Gregor Strasser, Ernst Lubitsch, Marina Tsvetaeva, George Paget Thomson, and Robert Ritter von Greim. Among people deceased in 1962, Arthur Compton ranks 12Before him are William Faulkner, Karen Blixen, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lucky Luciano, Yves Klein, and Georges Bataille. After him are Gaston Bachelard, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Auguste Piccard, Stuart Sutcliffe, Michael Curtiz, and Hans Luther.

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Among people born in United States, Arthur Compton ranks 377 out of 15,968Before him are Alvin Toffler (1928), Gertrude Stein (1874), Sydney Pollack (1934), Art Garfunkel (1941), Steve Ballmer (1956), and Jefferson Davis (1808). After him are Albert Fish (1870), George Armstrong Custer (1839), Calvin Klein (1942), Dian Fossey (1932), Tim Burton (1958), and Dennis Hopper (1936).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Arthur Compton ranks 4Before him are Richard Feynman (1918), Robert Andrews Millikan (1868), and J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904). After him are Carl David Anderson (1905), Barry Barish (1936), Joseph Henry (1797), Clinton Davisson (1881), Ernest Lawrence (1901), John Bardeen (1908), Kip Thorne (1940), and Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839).