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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 70,958 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Charles Greeley Abbot is the 40th most popular astronomer (up from 42nd in 2019), the 622nd most popular biography from United States (up from 628th 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 40 out of 531Before him are Caroline Herschel, Wilhelm Schickard, Michel Mayor, Adolphe Quetelet, Jan Oort, and Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli. After him are Giovanni Schiaparelli, Simon Marius, Arthur Eddington, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, James Bradley, and Asaph Hall.

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Among people born in 1872, Charles Greeley Abbot ranks 18Before him are Marcel Mauss, Djemal Pasha, Anton Denikin, Sergei Diaghilev, Richard Willstätter, and Louis Blériot. After him are Maurice Gamelin, Helena Rubinstein, Sri Aurobindo, Aubrey Beardsley, Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar, and Habibullah Khan. Among people deceased in 1973, Charles Greeley Abbot ranks 34Before him are J. Hans D. Jensen, Ragnar Frisch, Jacques Maritain, Selman Waksman, Hans Albert Einstein, and Karl Ziegler. After him are Luis Carrero Blanco, Jean-Pierre Melville, Walter Rudolf Hess, A. S. Neill, Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, and Amílcar Cabral.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Charles Greeley Abbot ranks 622 out of 18,182Before him are Priscilla Presley (1945), Rod Steiger (1925), Ron Perlman (1950), Francis Gary Powers (1929), Gloria Gaynor (1947), and Donald Rumsfeld (1932). After him are Ted Kennedy (1932), Jeff Goldblum (1952), Donna Summer (1948), Telly Savalas (1922), Jonas Salk (1914), and Robert Wagner (1930).

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 William Alfred Fowler (1911). After him are Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Asaph Hall (1829), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), Vera Rubin (1928), Percival Lowell (1855), and Russell Alan Hulse (1950).