Charles Greeley Abbot

1872 - 1973

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Charles Greeley Abbot (May 31, 1872 – December 17, 1973) was an American astrophysicist and the fifth secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, serving from 1928 until 1944. Abbot went from being director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, to becoming Assistant Secretary, and then Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution over the course of his career. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Greeley Abbot has received more than 53,083 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. Charles Greeley Abbot is the 42nd most popular astronomer (down from 33rd in 2019), the 628th most popular biography from United States (down from 517th in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Astronomer.

Charles Greeley Abbot is most famous for his work in the field of astronomy. He was a pioneer in the study of meteorites and asteroids, and he also helped to establish the observatory at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Among astronomers, Charles Greeley Abbot ranks 42 out of 532Before him are Adolphe Quetelet, Fred Hoyle, Johann Bayer, Caroline Herschel, Clyde Tombaugh, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell. After him are Asaph Hall, James Bradley, Simon Marius, Michel Mayor, Johann Palisa, and Pierre Méchain.

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Among people born in 1872, Charles Greeley Abbot ranks 18Before him are Anton Denikin, Léon Blum, Louis Blériot, Richard Willstätter, Emil Hácha, and Paul Langevin. After him are Sri Aurobindo, Maurice Gamelin, Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar, Jože Plečnik, Helena Rubinstein, and Gotse Delchev. Among people deceased in 1973, Charles Greeley Abbot ranks 31Before him are Gabriel Marcel, Anna Magnani, Víctor Jara, J. Hans D. Jensen, Jacques Maritain, and Karl Ziegler. After him are Hans Albert Einstein, Selman Waksman, A. S. Neill, Walter Rudolf Hess, Ragnar Frisch, and Luis Carrero Blanco.

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Among people born in United States, Charles Greeley Abbot ranks 628 out of 15,968Before him are Victor Fleming (1889), Joe Louis (1914), Philip Johnson (1906), Bill Cosby (1937), Diana Ross (1944), and Paul Allen (1953). After him are Harold Urey (1893), Melvin Calvin (1911), Mickey Rooney (1920), F. Murray Abraham (1939), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), and Alan Arkin (1934).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Charles Greeley Abbot ranks 6Before him are Edwin Hubble (1889), Carl Sagan (1934), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), and Clyde Tombaugh (1906). After him are Asaph Hall (1829), Percival Lowell (1855), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Lewis A. Swift (1820), and J. Allen Hynek (1910).