Bill Pickering

1910 - 2004

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William Hayward Pickering (24 December 1910 – 15 March 2004) was a New Zealand-born rocket scientist who headed Pasadena, California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 22 years, retiring in 1976. He was a senior NASA luminary and pioneered the exploration of space. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bill Pickering has received more than 2,151 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Bill Pickering is the 14,050th most popular politician (down from 12,825th in 2019), the 80th most popular biography from New Zealand and the 13th most popular New Zealander Politician.

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Among politicians, Bill Pickering ranks 14,050 out of 15,710Before him are Christophe Castaner, Zurab Noghaideli, Charles Lee, Asma Jahangir, Josiah Bartlett, and Lolo Matalasi Moliga. After him are Kamisese Mara, Ulrike Lunacek, Janez Potočnik, John McEwen, William Paterson, and Grigol Vashadze.

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Among people born in 1910, Bill Pickering ranks 291Before him are John Hunt, Baron Hunt, Dolly Haas, Mae Clarke, David Lack, Vere Bird, and Govan Mbeki. After him are Tyrus Wong, Steven S. DeKnight, Irene Sharaff, Elizabeth Allan, Hector Dyer, and Lucille Ricksen. Among people deceased in 2004, Bill Pickering ranks 243Before him are James Aloysius Hickey, Ugo Ferrante, Iris Chang, Charles Dumas, Mehmood, and Paul Nitze. After him are Kamisese Mara, Fred Ebb, Suraiya, George Baird, Robert Merrill, and Mulk Raj Anand.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Bill Pickering ranks 80 out of 206Before him are Zoë Bell (1978), Walter Buller (1838), Onny Parun (1947), Richard Pearse (1877), Lisa Chappell (1968), and Melanie Lynskey (1977). After him are Jemaine Clement (1974), Anand Satyanand (1944), Niki Caro (1967), Peter Arnett (1934), Neil Finn (1958), and Jim Bolger (1935).

Among POLITICIANS In New Zealand

Among politicians born in New Zealand, Bill Pickering ranks 13Before him are Jean Batten (1909), John Key (1961), Bill English (1961), Te Atairangikaahu (1931), David Lange (1942), and John Gorton (1911). After him are Anand Satyanand (1944), Jim Bolger (1935), Jenny Shipley (1952), Jerry Mateparae (1954), Keith Holyoake (1904), and Winston Peters (1945).