Donald A. Glaser

1926 - 2013

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Donald Arthur Glaser (September 21, 1926 – February 28, 2013) was an American physicist, neurobiologist, and the winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the bubble chamber used in subatomic particle physics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donald A. Glaser has received more than 223,285 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Donald A. Glaser is the 141st most popular physicist (up from 162nd in 2019), the 507th most popular biography from United States (up from 685th in 2019) and the 16th most popular American Physicist.

Donald A. Glaser is most famous for inventing the bubble chamber. This device is used to detect subatomic particles.

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Among physicists, Donald A. Glaser ranks 141 out of 851Before him are Hideki Yukawa, William Henry Bragg, Peter Grünberg, Augustin-Jean Fresnel, Rudolf Mössbauer, and George Paget Thomson. After him are Auguste Piccard, Kip Thorne, Jacques Charles, Georges Charpak, Pavel Cherenkov, and Hannes Alfvén.

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Among people born in 1926, Donald A. Glaser ranks 27Before him are Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Hugh Hefner, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Paul Bocuse, and Thích Nhất Hạnh. After him are Ivan Illich, Leopoldo Galtieri, George Habash, John Coltrane, Beji Caid Essebsi, and Allen Ginsberg. Among people deceased in 2013, Donald A. Glaser ranks 21Before him are Douglas Engelbart, Lou Reed, Paul Walker, Boris Berezovsky, Nílton Santos, and Giuliano Gemma. After him are Tom Clancy, Jang Song-thaek, Jovanka Broz, Christian de Duve, François Jacob, and Ronald Coase.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Donald A. Glaser ranks 507 out of 20,380Before him are Talia Shire (1946), Richard Stallman (1953), John Cazale (1935), Jean Seberg (1938), Nancy Reagan (1921), and David Carradine (1936). After him are Kathy Bates (1948), Michael Landon (1936), Glenn Close (1947), Demi Moore (1962), Liza Minnelli (1946), and Katherine Johnson (1918).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Donald A. Glaser ranks 16Before him are Willis Lamb (1913), Owen Chamberlain (1920), Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), Joseph Henry (1797), Val Logsdon Fitch (1923), and Robert Coleman Richardson (1937). After him are Kip Thorne (1940), Arthur Compton (1892), Hugh Everett III (1930), Melvin Schwartz (1932), George E. Smith (1930), and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921).