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 121,998 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Clarence Zener is the 520th most popular physicist (down from 487th in 2019), the 4,630th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,918th in 2019) and the 101st most popular Physicist.

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Among physicists, Clarence Zener ranks 520 out of 717Before him are August Beer, Leopoldo Nobili, Mildred Dresselhaus, Carlo Rovelli, Robert H. Dicke, and Vladimir Steklov. After him are Lester Germer, Max Wien, Sergey Kapitsa, John Sealy Townsend, Gerard K. O'Neill, and Samuel T. Cohen.

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Among people born in 1905, Clarence Zener ranks 178Before him are Ramiro Ledesma Ramos, Lillian Hellman, Carlos Riolfo, Miliza Korjus, Antonio Berni, and Raúl Leoni. After him are Seni Pramoj, Mantovani, Zoilo Saldombide, Joel McCrea, Ernst Baier, and Juan O'Gorman. Among people deceased in 1993, Clarence Zener ranks 127Before him are Eleanor Hibbert, Buddhadasa, Yuri Bezmenov, Guido Masetti, Mick Ronson, and Wilhelm Gliese. After him are Hans Christian Blech, Thurgood Marshall, Albert Collins, Emile Ardolino, Melchior Ndadaye, and Andrée Brunet.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Clarence Zener ranks 4,630 out of 18,182Before him are Lester Allan Pelton (1829), Stephen Tobolowsky (1951), Elizabeth Mitchell (1970), Harriet Lane (1830), Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor (1879), and Eric Johnson (1954). After him are Robert Z. Leonard (1889), Emily Deschanel (1976), Janet Asimov (1926), William R. Pogue (1930), James R. Schlesinger (1929), and Lester Germer (1896).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Clarence Zener ranks 101Before him are William Stanley Jr. (1858), Richard C. Tolman (1881), John G. Trump (1907), Ira Sprague Bowen (1898), Mildred Dresselhaus (1930), and Robert H. Dicke (1916). After him are Lester Germer (1896), Gerard K. O'Neill (1927), Samuel T. Cohen (1921), Brian Greene (1963), Wallace Clement Sabine (1868), and William D. Coolidge (1873).