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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 who 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 769,259 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Eugene Wigner is the 86th most popular physicist (up from 104th in 2019), the 31st most popular biography from Hungary (up from 39th in 2019) and the 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 86 out of 717Before him are Albert A. Michelson, Ernst Ruska, Johannes Stark, Carl David Anderson, Barry Barish, and Clinton Davisson. After him are John Bardeen, Arnold Sommerfeld, Peter Higgs, Paul Langevin, Arthur Compton, and Charles Édouard Guillaume.

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Among people born in 1902, Eugene Wigner ranks 17Before him are Talcott Parsons, Halldór Laxness, Fernand Braudel, Ray Kroc, Saud of Saudi Arabia, and Barbara McClintock. After him are Nâzım Hikmet, William Wyler, Alfred Kastler, Walter Houser Brattain, Kurt Alder, and Josemaría Escrivá. Among people deceased in 1995, Eugene Wigner ranks 8Before him are Gilles Deleuze, Juan Manuel Fangio, Emil Cioran, Harold Wilson, Emmanuel Levinas, and Michael Ende. After him are Konrad Zuse, Gunnar Nordahl, Anatoly Dyatlov, Mikhail Botvinnik, Adolf Butenandt, and William Alfred Fowler.

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Among people born in Hungary, Eugene Wigner ranks 31 out of 866Before him are Ilona Staller (1951), Andrew II of Hungary (1175), Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria (1868), Mary, Queen of Hungary (1371), László Bíró (1899), and Sándor Kocsis (1929). After him are Dennis Gabor (1900), Elizabeth of Luxembourg (1409), Edward Teller (1908), Zoltán Kodály (1882), Joseph Pulitzer (1847), and Ágota Kristóf (1935).

Among PHYSICISTS In Hungary

Among physicists born in Hungary, Eugene Wigner ranks 1After him are Dennis Gabor (1900), Edward Teller (1908), Leo Szilard (1898), Georg von Békésy (1899), Arpad Elo (1903), Nicholas Kurti (1908), Zoltán Lajos Bay (1900), Valentine Telegdi (1922), and Egon Orowan (1902).