Clyde Tombaugh

1906 - 1997

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Clyde William Tombaugh (February 4, 1906 – January 17, 1997) was an American astronomer. He discovered Pluto in 1930, the first object to be discovered in what would later be identified as the Kuiper belt. At the time of discovery, Pluto was considered a planet, but was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Clyde Tombaugh has received more than 1,063,366 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Clyde Tombaugh is the 49th most popular astronomer (down from 48th in 2019), the 735th most popular biography from United States (up from 785th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Astronomer.

Clyde Tombaugh is most famous for discovering Pluto in 1930.

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Over the past year Clyde Tombaugh has had the most page views in the with 94,437 views, followed by Japanese (10,113), and Russian (9,781). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Georgian (1,099.08%), Mingrelian (174.55%), and Cornish (105.41%)


Among astronomers, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 49 out of 644Before him are Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, Jérôme Lalande, Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Gerard Kuiper, Ferdinand Verbiest, and Vera Rubin. After him are Riccardo Giacconi, William Lassell, Varāhamihira, Pierre Janssen, Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, and William Alfred Fowler.

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Among people born in 1906, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 45Before him are Dino Buzzati, Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, Albert Sabin, Vladimir Prelog, Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein, and Marcel Carné. After him are Oleg Antonov, Empress Wanrong, John Huston, James E. Webb, Robert E. Howard, and Marie José of Belgium. Among people deceased in 1997, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 30Before him are Allen Ginsberg, Bảo Đại, Helenio Herrera, Dodi Fayed, Burgess Meredith, and Aldo Rossi. After him are Robert Mitchum, Carl Gustav Hempel, Edward Mills Purcell, Dora Maar, Zoltán Czibor, and Chien-Shiung Wu.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 735 out of 20,380Before him are Rosalynn Carter (1927), Vera Rubin (1928), Kamehameha I (1758), Doris Day (1922), Henry Mancini (1924), and Christopher Lambert (1957). After him are Thorstein Veblen (1857), Truman Capote (1924), Walter Matthau (1920), Alan Arkin (1934), Douglas Osheroff (1945), and Josephine Cochrane (1839).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 7Before him are Edwin Hubble (1889), Carl Sagan (1934), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), and Vera Rubin (1928). After him are William Alfred Fowler (1911), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Asaph Hall (1829), Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928), Russell Alan Hulse (1950), and Percival Lowell (1855).