Ernest Lawrence

1901 - 1958

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Ernest Orlando Lawrence (August 8, 1901 – August 27, 1958) was an American nuclear physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1939 for his invention of the cyclotron. He is known for his work on uranium-isotope separation for the Manhattan Project, as well as for founding the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. A graduate of the University of South Dakota and University of Minnesota, Lawrence obtained a PhD in physics at Yale in 1925. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernest Lawrence has received more than 1,828,511 page views. His biography is available in 89 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Ernest Lawrence is the 75th most popular physicist (up from 132nd in 2019), the 259th most popular biography from United States (up from 551st in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Physicist.

Ernest Lawrence is most famous for inventing the cyclotron, which is a device that accelerates particles to high speeds.

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Among physicists, Ernest Lawrence ranks 75 out of 851Before him are Lev Landau, Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, Carl David Anderson, Georges Lemaître, James Chadwick, and Lawrence Bragg. After him are Louis de Broglie, Mikhail Lomonosov, Manne Siegbahn, C. F. Powell, Charles Glover Barkla, and Percy Williams Bridgman.

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Among people born in 1901, Ernest Lawrence ranks 20Before him are Clark Gable, Rudolf Höss, Alberto Giacometti, Princess Märtha of Sweden, Magda Goebbels, and Paul of Greece. After him are Gary Cooper, Vittorio De Sica, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, André Malraux, Mohamed Naguib, and Jean Dubuffet. Among people deceased in 1958, Ernest Lawrence ranks 7Before him are Pope Pius XII, Wolfgang Pauli, Imre Nagy, Rosalind Franklin, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, and John B. Watson. After him are Roger Martin du Gard, Clinton Davisson, Kurt Alder, Faisal II of Iraq, Milutin Milanković, and Juan Ramón Jiménez.

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Among people born in United States, Ernest Lawrence ranks 259 out of 20,380Before him are Joe Pesci (1943), Pearl S. Buck (1892), George Gershwin (1898), Lee Van Cleef (1925), John Howard Northrop (1891), and Dianne Wiest (1946). After him are Pete Conrad (1930), Irvin D. Yalom (1931), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Gary Cooper (1901), Gene Hackman (1930), and James Brown (1933).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Ernest Lawrence ranks 6Before him are J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904), Richard Feynman (1918), Barry Barish (1936), Robert Andrews Millikan (1868), and Carl David Anderson (1905). After him are Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), John Bardeen (1908), Clinton Davisson (1881), Willis Lamb (1913), Owen Chamberlain (1920), and Ben Roy Mottelson (1926).