C. F. Powell

1903 - 1969

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Cecil Frank Powell, FRS (5 December 1903 – 9 August 1969) was a British physicist, and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for heading the team that developed the photographic method of studying nuclear processes and for the resulting discovery of the pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of C. F. Powell has received more than 142,908 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). C. F. Powell is the 79th most popular physicist (up from 121st in 2019), the 218th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 375th in 2019) and the 13th most popular British Physicist.

Powell was a member of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1972 to 1987. He is most famous for his concurring opinion in the landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education.

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Among physicists, C. F. Powell ranks 79 out of 851Before him are James Chadwick, Lawrence Bragg, Ernest Lawrence, Louis de Broglie, Mikhail Lomonosov, and Manne Siegbahn. After him are Charles Glover Barkla, Percy Williams Bridgman, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, John Bardeen, Hans Bethe, and Victor Francis Hess.

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Among people born in 1903, C. F. Powell ranks 11Before him are Aram Khachaturian, Theodor W. Adorno, Georges Simenon, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Mark Rothko, and Habib Bourguiba. After him are Fernandel, Yasujirō Ozu, Marguerite Yourcenar, Vladimir Horowitz, Adolf Butenandt, and Andrey Kolmogorov. Among people deceased in 1969, C. F. Powell ranks 13Before him are Sharon Tate, Judy Garland, Rocky Marciano, Otto Stern, Kliment Voroshilov, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. After him are Jan Palach, Saud of Saudi Arabia, Liu Shaoqi, Levi Eshkol, Morihei Ueshiba, and Brian Jones.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, C. F. Powell ranks 218 out of 8,785Before him are Empress Matilda (1102), Henry IV of England (1367), Ben Kingsley (1943), C. S. Lewis (1898), Lady Godiva (990), and Richard Madden (1986). After him are Mary Tudor, Queen of France (1496), Ozzy Osbourne (1948), Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (1982), Thomas Newcomen (1663), Robert Brown (1773), and Laurence Olivier (1907).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, C. F. Powell ranks 13Before him are Paul Dirac (1902), J. J. Thomson (1856), William Gilbert (1544), William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), Thomas Young (1773), and James Chadwick (1891). After him are Charles Glover Barkla (1877), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), Peter Higgs (1929), Owen Willans Richardson (1879), Edward Victor Appleton (1892), and John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (1842).