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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 542,339 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Ernest Lawrence is the 132nd most popular physicist (down from 108th in 2019), the 551st most popular biography from United States (down from 469th in 2019) and the 14th 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 132 out of 717Before him are Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Arno Allan Penzias, Percy Williams Bridgman, Charles Glover Barkla, Hans Georg Dehmelt, and Maurice Wilkins. After him are Igor Tamm, Josiah Willard Gibbs, Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron, Albert Fert, François Englert, and Jean-Baptiste Biot.

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Among people born in 1901, Ernest Lawrence ranks 36Before him are Milton H. Erickson, Witold Pilecki, Mohamed Naguib, Robert Bresson, Nadezhda Alliluyeva, and Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej. After him are Ricardo Zamora, Nikolai Vatutin, Henning von Tresckow, Salvatore Quasimodo, Carl Barks, and Jascha Heifetz. Among people deceased in 1958, Ernest Lawrence ranks 12Before him are Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Roger Martin du Gard, Clinton Davisson, Maurice de Vlaminck, Faisal II of Iraq, and Kurt Alder. After him are Lion Feuchtwanger, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Maurice Gamelin, Milutin Milanković, G. E. Moore, and Giacomo Balla.

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Among people born in United States, Ernest Lawrence ranks 551 out of 18,182Before him are Nelson Rockefeller (1908), Jerry Lewis (1926), Anthony Perkins (1932), Francis Fukuyama (1952), James Caan (1940), and Margaret Keane (1927). After him are Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875), Thorstein Veblen (1857), Joseph Barbera (1911), Washington Irving (1783), Eugene O'Neill (1888), and Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Ernest Lawrence ranks 14Before him are Arthur Compton (1892), Joseph Henry (1797), Kip Thorne (1940), Owen Chamberlain (1920), Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921), and Percy Williams Bridgman (1882). After him are Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), Robert Coleman Richardson (1937), Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), Martin Lewis Perl (1927), Val Logsdon Fitch (1923), and Hugh Everett III (1930).