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 881,210 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Clyde Tombaugh is the 40th most popular astronomer (up from 95th in 2019), the 606th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,417th in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Astronomer.

Clyde Tombaugh is most famous for discovering Pluto in 1930.

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Among astronomers, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 40 out of 532Before him are Giovanni Schiaparelli, Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Adolphe Quetelet, Fred Hoyle, Johann Bayer, and Caroline Herschel. After him are Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Charles Greeley Abbot, Asaph Hall, James Bradley, Simon Marius, and Michel Mayor.

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Among people born in 1906, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 40Before him are Wassily Leontief, Josef Kramer, Hassan al-Banna, Albert Sabin, Oleg Antonov, and Vladimir Prelog. After him are John Huston, Hans Bethe, Dino Buzzati, Philip Johnson, Klaus Mann, and Hans Asperger. Among people deceased in 1997, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 23Before him are The Notorious B.I.G., William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bảo Đại, Bohumil Hrabal, and Isaiah Berlin. After him are Fred Zinnemann, Dora Maar, Melvin Calvin, Robert Mitchum, Aldo Rossi, and Helenio Herrera.

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Among people born in United States, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 606 out of 15,968Before him are Telly Savalas (1922), Oprah Winfrey (1954), Joel Schumacher (1939), Douglas Fairbanks (1883), Jim Jarmusch (1953), and George Eastman (1854). After him are Bill Russell (1934), Dolly Parton (1946), Gwen Stefani (1969), Ellen Burstyn (1932), Oliver Stone (1946), and Oliver E. Williamson (1932).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 5Before him are Edwin Hubble (1889), Carl Sagan (1934), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), and Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936). After him are Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Asaph Hall (1829), Percival Lowell (1855), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Lewis A. Swift (1820), and J. Allen Hynek (1910).