Ernest Lawrence

1901 - 1958

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Ernest Orlando Lawrence (August 8, 1901 – August 27, 1958) was a pioneering American nuclear scientist 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 427,181 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Ernest Lawrence is the 108th most popular physicist (up from 109th in 2019), the 469th most popular biography from United States (down from 365th in 2019) and the 9th 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 108 out of 721Before him are Joseph Henry, C. F. Powell, Eugene Wigner, Clinton Davisson, Jean-Baptiste Biot, and Manne Siegbahn. After him are Augustin-Jean Fresnel, François Arago, John Bardeen, Arno Allan Penzias, Igor Tamm, and Kip Thorne.

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Among people born in 1901, Ernest Lawrence ranks 30Before him are Joaquín Rodrigo, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Max Euwe, Simon Kuznets, Andrey Vlasov, and Milton H. Erickson. After him are Ricardo Zamora, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Jean Dubuffet, Carl Barks, Robert Bresson, and Mohamed Naguib. Among people deceased in 1958, Ernest Lawrence ranks 10Before him are John B. Watson, Rosalind Franklin, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Roger Martin du Gard, Maurice de Vlaminck, and Clinton Davisson. After him are Tyrone Power, Lion Feuchtwanger, Faisal II of Iraq, Milutin Milanković, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and G. E. Moore.

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Among people born in United States, Ernest Lawrence ranks 469 out of 15,968Before him are Louisa May Alcott (1832), Kim Basinger (1953), Milton H. Erickson (1901), Roy Scheider (1932), Mickey Rourke (1952), and Barbara McClintock (1902). After him are Edward Drinker Cope (1840), T. S. Eliot (1888), John Cazale (1935), Paul Tibbets (1915), Theodore Dreiser (1871), and Faye Dunaway (1941).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Ernest Lawrence ranks 9Before him are J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904), Arthur Compton (1892), Carl David Anderson (1905), Barry Barish (1936), Joseph Henry (1797), and Clinton Davisson (1881). After him are John Bardeen (1908), Kip Thorne (1940), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), Owen Chamberlain (1920), and Benjamin Thompson (1753).