Arthur Leonard Schawlow

1921 - 1999

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Arthur Leonard Schawlow (May 5, 1921 – April 28, 1999) was an American physicist who, along with Charles Townes, developed the theoretical basis for laser science. His central insight was the use of two mirrors as the resonant cavity to take maser action from microwaves to visible wavelengths. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arthur Leonard Schawlow has received more than 191,672 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Arthur Leonard Schawlow is the 206th most popular physicist (down from 200th in 2019), the 781st most popular biography from United States (up from 919th in 2019) and the 35th most popular American Physicist.

Arthur Leonard Schawlow is most famous for his work in laser physics. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1981 with Nicolaas Bloembergen for their contribution to the development of laser spectroscopy.

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Over the past year Arthur Leonard Schawlow has had the most page views in the with 19,289 views, followed by Chinese (4,264), and Russian (3,854). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Hakka (182.95%), Haitian (109.92%), and Uzbek (96.94%)


Among physicists, Arthur Leonard Schawlow ranks 206 out of 851Before him are Pyotr Kapitsa, Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Michio Kaku, David J. Wineland, Mihajlo Pupin, and Alain Aspect. After him are Robert Hofstadter, Richard E. Taylor, James Cronin, David J. Thouless, David Lee, and Arthur Ashkin.

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Among people born in 1921, Arthur Leonard Schawlow ranks 35Before him are Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Vasily Stalin, Gianni Agnelli, John Glenn, Jane Russell, and Lana Turner. After him are Marija Gimbutas, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Yoichiro Nambu, Akio Morita, Edgar Morin, and Alida Valli. Among people deceased in 1999, Arthur Leonard Schawlow ranks 19Before him are Anatoliy Solovianenko, Wassily Leontief, Georgios Papadopoulos, Willi Stoph, Robert Bresson, and Raisa Gorbacheva. After him are Jerzy Grotowski, Joe DiMaggio, Julius Nyerere, Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani, Akio Morita, and Glenn T. Seaborg.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Arthur Leonard Schawlow ranks 781 out of 20,380Before him are James E. Webb (1906), Jules Dassin (1911), Robert Burns Woodward (1917), David J. Wineland (1944), Jim Jones (1931), and Brandon Lee (1965). After him are Joe DiMaggio (1914), Robert Hofstadter (1915), Robert McNamara (1916), Dalton Trumbo (1905), Judith Butler (1956), and Antony Blinken (1962).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Arthur Leonard Schawlow ranks 35Before him are Robert H. Goddard (1882), Douglas Osheroff (1945), Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Steven Weinberg (1933), Michio Kaku (1947), and David J. Wineland (1944). After him are Robert Hofstadter (1915), James Cronin (1931), David Lee (1931), Arthur Ashkin (1922), Jerome Isaac Friedman (1930), and Leon Cooper (1930).