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 174,830 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Burton Richter is the 229th most popular physicist (down from 180th in 2019), the 1,055th most popular biography from United States (down from 646th in 2019) and the 47th 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 229 out of 721Before him are Johannes Rydberg, Yoichiro Nambu, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., David J. Thouless, John Tyndall, and Val Logsdon Fitch. After him are Georg von Békésy, Armen Sarkissian, John Cockcroft, Rolf Maximilian Sievert, Gerd Binnig, and Max Delbrück.

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Among people born in 1931, Burton Richter ranks 55Before him are Ronald Dworkin, Arata Isozaki, Richard Rorty, Ivan Rebroff, Caterina Valente, and Jacques Demy. After him are Sofia Gubaidulina, Clive Cussler, Anthony de Mello, David Lee, Martinus J. G. Veltman, and Stanislav Grof. Among people deceased in 2018, Burton Richter ranks 48Before him are Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Scott Wilson, Claude Lanzmann, Jamal Khashoggi, Whitey Bulger, and Günter Blobel. After him are Reynaldo Bignone, John Young, R. Lee Ermey, Tsukasa Hosaka, Jean-Louis Tauran, and Gérard Genette.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Burton Richter ranks 1,055 out of 15,968Before him are Robert Forster (1941), Clifford D. Simak (1904), Whitey Bulger (1929), Stanley B. Prusiner (1942), Clyde Drexler (1962), and Val Logsdon Fitch (1923). After him are James Brolin (1940), George Akerlof (1940), Allen Dulles (1893), John Young (1930), James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834), and Winona Ryder (1971).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Burton Richter ranks 47Before him are Robert Hofstadter (1915), Frederick Reines (1918), Arthur Ashkin (1922), Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921), Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. (1915), and Val Logsdon Fitch (1923). After him are David Lee (1931), Julian Schwinger (1918), Clifford Shull (1915), John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (1899), Jerome Isaac Friedman (1930), and Henry Way Kendall (1926).