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 32,778 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Charles T. Kowal is the 280th most popular astronomer (up from 289th in 2019), the 4,120th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,833rd in 2019) and the 52nd most popular American Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Charles T. Kowal ranks 280 out of 532Before him are Viktor Knorre, Benjamin Baillaud, Daniel Kirkwood, Martin Schwarzschild, Raymond Smith Dugan, and Rudolph Minkowski. After him are Fang Lizhi, Wilhelm Gliese, James Edward Keeler, Richard Christopher Carrington, Cyril Jackson, and André Patry.

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Among people born in 1940, Charles T. Kowal ranks 233Before him are Natalia Makarova, Aleksandr Ivanchenkov, Bruce Beresford, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Mohammed Magariaf, and Isdal Woman. After him are Yozhef Sabo, Willi Holdorf, Clive Sinclair, Larry Brown, Vladimir Vasiliev, and Stan Mikita. Among people deceased in 2011, Charles T. Kowal ranks 169Before him are Nirmala Srivastava, Ali-Reza Pahlavi, Kazimierz Świątek, Gerry Rafferty, Wiel Coerver, and Pak Seung-zin. After him are Inge Sørensen, Wilson Greatbatch, Harry Morgan, Koichi Tohei, Lena Nyman, and Robert Ettinger.

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Among people born in United States, Charles T. Kowal ranks 4,120 out of 15,968Before him are Jon Polito (1950), Leo Huberman (1903), Bruce Cabot (1904), Melanie Thornton (1967), Walter Tewksbury (1876), and Doug Jones (1960). After him are Mary Blair (1911), Joe Dallesandro (1948), Regis Philbin (1931), Jonathan Franzen (1959), Robert Crumb (1943), and Hal Roach (1892).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Charles T. Kowal ranks 52Before him are William Cranch Bond (1789), Carolyn S. Shoemaker (1929), Carl Keenan Seyfert (1911), Halton Arp (1927), Daniel Kirkwood (1814), and Raymond Smith Dugan (1878). After him are James Edward Keeler (1857), Charles Dillon Perrine (1867), Lewis Boss (1846), Benjamin Apthorp Gould (1824), Nancy Roman (1925), and Paul W. Merrill (1887).