Clarence Zener

1905 - 1993

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Clarence Melvin Zener (December 1, 1905 – July 2, 1993) was the American physicist who first (1934) described the property concerning the breakdown of electrical insulators. These findings were later exploited by Bell Labs in the development of the Zener diode, which was duly named after him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Clarence Zener has received more than 108,942 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Clarence Zener is the 487th most popular physicist (down from 478th in 2019), the 3,920th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,494th in 2019) and the 96th most popular American Physicist.

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Among physicists, Clarence Zener ranks 487 out of 721Before him are Anatoly Alexandrov, Boris Rosing, Paul Davies, Max Abraham, Laurent Cassegrain, and Meghnad Saha. After him are William Stanley Jr., Alan Sokal, Edoardo Amaldi, Claude Pouillet, Albert Betz, and Marietta Blau.

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Among people born in 1905, Clarence Zener ranks 160Before him are Georges Schehadé, István Avar, Zoilo Saldombide, Paul Grimault, Paul Ariste, and Manès Sperber. After him are Joan Coromines, Eugen Sänger, Tommy Dorsey, Luigi Zampa, Ángel Melogno, and Seni Pramoj. Among people deceased in 1993, Clarence Zener ranks 116Before him are Yulian Semyonov, Andrey Nikolayevich Tikhonov, Joseph Serchuk, Chishū Ryū, Valentina Grizodubova, and Blaže Koneski. After him are Sam Wanamaker, Wang Zhen, Freya Stark, Giuseppe Occhialini, Buddhadasa, and Monte Melkonian.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Clarence Zener ranks 3,920 out of 15,968Before him are Tatum O'Neal (1963), Vanessa Hudgens (1988), Berry Gordy (1929), Ron Kovic (1946), Linda Fiorentino (1958), and Stuart Roosa (1933). After him are Michael Johnson (1967), Marc Mitscher (1887), Bobby Driscoll (1937), R. A. Salvatore (1959), Randy Savage (1952), and Machine Gun Kelly (1990).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Clarence Zener ranks 96Before him are Saul Perlmutter (1959), Maurice Karnaugh (1924), Eric Allin Cornell (1961), Katharine Burr Blodgett (1898), Robert Brout (1928), and Richard C. Tolman (1881). After him are William Stanley Jr. (1858), Alan Sokal (1955), Samuel T. Cohen (1921), William D. Coolidge (1873), Lester Germer (1896), and Bryce DeWitt (1923).