Charles Francis Richter

1900 - 1985

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Charles Francis Richter (); April 26, 1900 – September 30, 1985) was an American seismologist and physicist. Richter is most famous as the creator of the Richter magnitude scale, which, until the development of the moment magnitude scale in 1979, quantified the size of earthquakes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Francis Richter has received more than 215,247 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Charles Francis Richter is the 2nd most popular geologist, the 263rd most popular biography from United States (up from 298th in 2019) and the most popular American Geologist.

Richter is most famous for the Richter magnitude scale, which quantifies the magnitude of an earthquake.

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Among geologists, Charles Francis Richter ranks 2 out of 60Before him are Alfred Wegener. After him are Charles Lyell, Nicolas Steno, Friedrich Mohs, Milutin Milanković, James Hutton, Andrija Mohorovičić, Inge Lehmann, Francis Beaufort, Eduard Suess, and Abraham Gottlob Werner.

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Among people born in 1900, Charles Francis Richter ranks 12Before him are Luis Buñuel, Wolfgang Pauli, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Hans Frank, Adolf Dassler, and Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. After him are Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Spencer Tracy, Vasily Chuikov, Margaret Mitchell, Jacques Prévert, and Heinrich Müller. Among people deceased in 1985, Charles Francis Richter ranks 9Before him are Enver Hoxha, Konstantin Chernenko, Heinrich Böll, Orson Welles, Fernand Braudel, and Carl Schmitt. After him are Italo Calvino, Rock Hudson, Simone Signoret, László Bíró, Dian Fossey, and Simon Kuznets.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Charles Francis Richter ranks 263 out of 15,968Before him are Jesse James (1847), Rita Hayworth (1918), Jerry Brown (1938), Colonel Sanders (1890), Jack Kerouac (1922), and J. Edgar Hoover (1895). After him are O. J. Simpson (1947), Desmond Doss (1919), Shirley Temple (1928), Michael Jordan (1963), Diane Keaton (1946), and Hugh Hefner (1926).

Among GEOLOGISTS In United States

Among geologists born in United States, Charles Francis Richter ranks 1After him are Harry Hammond Hess (1906), Niles Eldredge (1943), James Hall (1811), M. King Hubbert (1903), Hugo Benioff (1899), Walter Alvarez (1940), Daniel Barringer (1860), John Bell Hatcher (1861), and Michael E. Mann (1965).