Eugene Wigner

1902 - 1995

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Eugene Paul "E. P." Wigner (Hungarian: Wigner Jenő Pál, pronounced [ˈviɡnɛr ˈjɛnøː ˈpaːl]; November 17, 1902 – January 1, 1995) was a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist and also contributed to mathematical physics. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963 "for his contributions to the theory of the atomic nucleus and the elementary particles, particularly through the discovery and application of fundamental symmetry principles".A graduate of the Technical University of Berlin, Wigner worked as an assistant to Karl Weissenberg and Richard Becker at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin, and David Hilbert at the University of Göttingen. Wigner and Hermann Weyl were responsible for introducing group theory into physics, particularly the theory of symmetry in physics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Eugene Wigner has received more than 560,140 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Eugene Wigner is the 104th most popular physicist (down from 98th in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Hungary (down from 34th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Hungarian Physicist.

Eugene Wigner is most famous for his work in quantum mechanics. He is credited with the discovery of the Wigner's Friend paradox, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963.

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Among physicists, Eugene Wigner ranks 104 out of 721. Before him are Charles Glover Barkla, Anders Jonas Ångström, Hippolyte Fizeau, Pavel Cherenkov, Joseph Henry, and C. F. Powell. After him are Clinton Davisson, Jean-Baptiste Biot, Manne Siegbahn, Ernest Lawrence, Augustin-Jean Fresnel, and François Arago.

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Among people born in 1902, Eugene Wigner ranks 18Before him are Halldór Laxness, Fernand Braudel, Georgy Malenkov, Nâzım Hikmet, Saud of Saudi Arabia, and William Wyler. After him are Arne Jacobsen, Barbara McClintock, Marcel Breuer, Josemaría Escrivá, Alfred Kastler, and Harold Lasswell. Among people deceased in 1995, Eugene Wigner ranks 13Before him are Emmanuel Levinas, Konrad Zuse, Mikhail Botvinnik, Anatoly Dyatlov, Gunnar Nordahl, and Dean Martin. After him are Alec Douglas-Home, Adolf Butenandt, Edward Bernays, Louis Malle, Donald Pleasence, and Patricia Highsmith.

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Among people born in Hungary, Eugene Wigner ranks 39 out of 696. Before him are Sándor Kocsis (1929), Elizabeth of Luxembourg (1409), Emmerich Kálmán (1882), Zoltán Kodály (1882), Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778), and Imre Lakatos (1922). After him are Stephen V of Hungary (1239), Ladislaus IV of Hungary (1262), Béla III of Hungary (1148), Marcel Breuer (1902), Karl Mannheim (1893), and John Sigismund Zápolya (1540).

Among PHYSICISTS In Hungary

Among physicists born in Hungary, Eugene Wigner ranks 3Before him are Edward Teller (1908) and Dennis Gabor (1900). After him are Leo Szilard (1898), Georg von Békésy (1899), Arpad Elo (1903), Nicholas Kurti (1908), Zoltán Lajos Bay (1900), and Valentine Telegdi (1922).