Charles T. Kowal

1940 - 2011

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Charles Thomas Kowal (November 8, 1940 – November 28, 2011) was an American astronomer known for his observations and discoveries in the Solar System. As a staff astronomer at Caltech's Mount Wilson and Palomar Mountain observatories between 1961 and 1984, he found the first of a new class of Solar System objects, the centaurs, discovered two moons of the planet Jupiter, and discovered or co-discovered a number of asteroids, comets and supernovae. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles T. Kowal has received more than 44,109 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Charles T. Kowal is the 284th most popular astronomer (down from 266th in 2019), the 4,125th most popular biography from United States (down from 4,016th in 2019) and the 53rd most popular American Astronomer.

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Over the past year Charles T. Kowal has had the most page views in the with 4,880 views, followed by Russian (1,134), and Japanese (1,033). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Basque (57.37%), Luxembourgish (45.19%), and Slovak (38.86%)


Among astronomers, Charles T. Kowal ranks 284 out of 644Before him are Vladimir Albitsky, John Machin, Benjamin Apthorp Gould, Halton Arp, Allan Sandage, and Horace Parnell Tuttle. After him are Carl Charlier, Henri-Alexandre Deslandres, John Michell, Aleksander Wolszczan, Albert George Wilson, and Caterina Scarpellini.

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Among people born in 1940, Charles T. Kowal ranks 238Before him are Yozhef Sabo, Jesús López Cobos, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Pharoah Sanders, Bob Hewitt, and Peter Benchley. After him are Mohammed Magariaf, Terry Dischinger, Jan Eliasson, John Mahoney, Helmut Jahn, and Samuel Little. Among people deceased in 2011, Charles T. Kowal ranks 173Before him are Pedro Armendáriz Jr., James Hillman, Jiří Dienstbier, Gerry Rafferty, Wiel Coerver, and Yevhen Rudakov. After him are Pak Seung-zin, Kazimierz Świątek, Anne Francis, Mutassim Gaddafi, Ingvar Wixell, and Seve Ballesteros.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Charles T. Kowal ranks 4,125 out of 20,380Before him are Dorothy Day (1897), Sherilyn Fenn (1965), Meredith Monk (1942), Mickey Spillane (1918), Harry Carey Jr. (1921), and Horace Parnell Tuttle (1837). After him are George C. Homans (1910), E. G. Marshall (1914), Allen Klein (1931), Robert Anton Wilson (1932), Richard Mentor Johnson (1780), and Sally Kirkland (1941).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Charles T. Kowal ranks 53Before him are Seth Carlo Chandler (1846), William Cranch Bond (1789), Benjamin Apthorp Gould (1824), Halton Arp (1927), Allan Sandage (1926), and Horace Parnell Tuttle (1837). After him are Albert George Wilson (1918), Antonia Maury (1866), Adam Riess (1969), Lewis Boss (1846), Alvan Clark (1804), and Raymond Smith Dugan (1878).