Burton Richter

1931 - 2018

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Burton Richter (March 22, 1931 – July 18, 2018) was an American physicist. He led the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) team which co-discovered the J/ψ meson in 1974, alongside the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) team led by Samuel Ting for which they won Nobel Prize for Physics in 1976. This discovery was part of the November Revolution of particle physics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Burton Richter has received more than 224,485 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Burton Richter is the 231st most popular physicist (up from 235th in 2019), the 922nd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,079th in 2019) and the 50th most popular American Physicist.

Burton Richter is most famous for his work in the field of particle physics. He is best known for his discovery of the J/psi particle, which was a significant discovery in the field of particle physics.

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Among physicists, Burton Richter ranks 231 out of 851Before him are Roy J. Glauber, Frederick Reines, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Theodor W. Hänsch, Edme Mariotte, and Makoto Kobayashi. After him are Joseph Plateau, Serge Haroche, Horst Ludwig Störmer, William Shockley, Rolf Maximilian Sievert, and Leon M. Lederman.

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Among people born in 1931, Burton Richter ranks 51Before him are Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Rorty, Kakuichi Mimura, John le Carré, and Larry Hagman. After him are Jacques Demy, Faten Hamama, Lucia Bosè, James Earl Jones, Klaus Hasselmann, and Viktor Korchnoi. Among people deceased in 2018, Burton Richter ranks 41Before him are V. S. Naipaul, Gudrun Burwitz, Jin Yong, Jamal Khashoggi, Roy J. Glauber, and Reynaldo Bignone. After him are Barbara Bush, Günter Blobel, Leon M. Lederman, Bernard Lewis, Shoko Asahara, and Paul Allen.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Burton Richter ranks 922 out of 20,380Before him are Francis Peyton Rous (1879), Willard Libby (1908), Larry Hagman (1931), Billy Joel (1949), Jennifer Connelly (1970), and Jerry Lee Lewis (1935). After him are William Kemmler (1860), Richard Crenna (1926), Neale Donald Walsch (1943), Stanley Milgram (1933), Rod Steiger (1925), and Christian B. Anfinsen (1916).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Burton Richter ranks 50Before him are John L. Hall (1934), John Clauser (1942), Murray Gell-Mann (1929), Sheldon Lee Glashow (1932), Roy J. Glauber (1925), and Frederick Reines (1918). After him are Leon M. Lederman (1922), Henry Way Kendall (1926), John Archibald Wheeler (1911), Philip Warren Anderson (1923), John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (1899), and Julian Schwinger (1918).