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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 935,474 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia. Clyde Tombaugh is the 48th most popular astronomer (down from 40th in 2019), the 785th most popular biography from United States (down from 606th in 2019) and the 9th most popular American Astronomer.

Clyde Tombaugh is most famous for discovering Pluto in 1930.

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Among astronomers, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 48 out of 531Before him are Simon Marius, Arthur Eddington, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, James Bradley, Asaph Hall, and Fritz Zwicky. After him are Ferdinand Verbiest, Johann Palisa, Jérôme Lalande, Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, Pieter van Musschenbroek, and Varāhamihira.

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Among people born in 1906, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 48Before him are Philip Johnson, Robert E. Howard, Vladimir Prelog, Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein, Oleg Antonov, and Marie José of Belgium. After him are Bugsy Siegel, Klaus Mann, Estée Lauder, Marcel Carné, Ernst Chain, and Shin'ichirō Tomonaga. Among people deceased in 1997, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 33Before him are Aldo Rossi, Dora Maar, Burgess Meredith, Chaim Herzog, Willem de Kooning, and Edward Mills Purcell. After him are Otto Ernst Remer, Helenio Herrera, Zoltán Czibor, Shoichi Yokoi, Dodi Fayed, and John Eccles.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 785 out of 18,182Before him are Martin Seligman (1942), Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), Dashiell Hammett (1894), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), Linda B. Buck (1947), and Frederick Chapman Robbins (1916). After him are Adam Sandler (1966), George Beadle (1903), John Dos Passos (1896), Anne Sullivan (1866), Arthur Ashkin (1922), and Laurence Fishburne (1961).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Clyde Tombaugh ranks 9Before him are Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), and Asaph Hall (1829). After him are Vera Rubin (1928), Percival Lowell (1855), Russell Alan Hulse (1950), Lewis A. Swift (1820), Edward Emerson Barnard (1857), and Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928).