Edward Mills Purcell

1912 - 1997

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Edward Mills Purcell (August 30, 1912 – March 7, 1997) was an American physicist who shared the 1952 Nobel Prize for Physics for his independent discovery (published 1946) of nuclear magnetic resonance in liquids and in solids. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has become widely used to study the molecular structure of pure materials and the composition of mixtures. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Mills Purcell has received more than 209,782 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Edward Mills Purcell is the 209th most popular physicist (down from 188th in 2019), the 955th most popular biography from United States (down from 686th in 2019) and the 40th most popular American Physicist.

Edward Mills Purcell was most famous for his work in astrophysics. He is best known for his discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation, which is a remnant of the Big Bang.

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Among physicists, Edward Mills Purcell ranks 209 out of 721Before him are Isamu Akasaki, John Archibald Wheeler, James Cronin, James Rainwater, Wolfgang Paul, and Joseph Plateau. After him are Jim Peebles, Kai Siegbahn, Robert Hofstadter, Frederick Reines, Francesco Maria Grimaldi, and Mihajlo Pupin.

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Among people born in 1912, Edward Mills Purcell ranks 40Before him are Konrad Emil Bloch, Otto Kretschmer, Glenn T. Seaborg, Patrick White, Otto Ernst Remer, and Karl Malden. After him are Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, Chien-Shiung Wu, Juan Pujol García, Don Siegel, Kim Philby, and Isser Harel. Among people deceased in 1997, Edward Mills Purcell ranks 35Before him are Helenio Herrera, Willem de Kooning, Burgess Meredith, Otto Ernst Remer, Zoltán Czibor, and Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark. After him are Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, Alfred Hershey, Nikolai Tikhonov, Chien-Shiung Wu, Shoichi Yokoi, and Cornelius Castoriadis.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Edward Mills Purcell ranks 955 out of 15,968Before him are James Rainwater (1917), Harry Markowitz (1927), David Hasselhoff (1952), Ronald Dworkin (1931), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), and Billy Bob Thornton (1955). After him are Walter Lippmann (1889), Richard Rorty (1931), Jean Seberg (1938), Robin Cook (1940), Wallace Carothers (1896), and Herbert Spencer Gasser (1888).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Edward Mills Purcell ranks 40Before him are Melvin Schwartz (1932), Philip Warren Anderson (1923), John Vincent Atanasoff (1903), John Archibald Wheeler (1911), James Cronin (1931), and James Rainwater (1917). After him are Robert Hofstadter (1915), Frederick Reines (1918), Arthur Ashkin (1922), Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921), Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. (1915), and Val Logsdon Fitch (1923).