Frank Benford

1883 - 1948

Frank Benford

Frank Albert Benford Jr. (July 10, 1883 – December 4, 1948) was an American electrical engineer and physicist best known for rediscovering and generalizing Benford's Law, a statistical statement about the occurrence of digits in lists of data.Benford is also known for having devised, in 1937, an instrument for measuring the refractive index of glass. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frank Benford has received more than 31,429 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 619th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Frank Benford ranks 618 out of 659Before him are Ash Carter, Mark Oliphant, William Stanley Jr., Charles Stark Draper, John Joly, and E. C. George Sudarshan. After him are Max Tegmark, Daniel Kleppner, Ronald Drever, Sidney Coleman, Jürgen Kurths, and Raja Ramanna.

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Among people born in 1883, Frank Benford ranks 173Before him are Emil Voigt, Albert Oldman, S. Z. Sakall, Max Eastman, Mary Alden, and Stanley Bruce. After him are Arthur L. Newton, C. I. Lewis, Edith Clarke, Pauline Frederick, Marguerite Clark, and Compton Mackenzie. Among people deceased in 1948, Frank Benford ranks 128Before him are Gregg Toland, Malcolm Campbell, C. Aubrey Smith, Sonny Boy Williamson I, John Anderson, and Edgar Kennedy. After him are Claude McKay, Mary Eaton, Yellapragada Subbarow, King Baggot, Warren William, and Charles A. Beard.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Frank Benford ranks 6,814 out of 12,171Before him are Christy Walton (1949), John Debney (1956), Judith O'Dea (1945), Wilmer Valderrama (1980), Morris Kirksey (1895), and Karl Rove (1950). After him are Sterling Holloway (1905), Grace Cunard (null), Jon Turteltaub (1963), David Rice Atchison (1807), Heather O'Rourke (1975), and Laraine Day (1920).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Frank Benford ranks 127Before him are Lee Smolin (1955), Leonard Mlodinow (1954), Bill Nye (1955), Karl Taylor Compton (1887), Lisa Randall (1962), and Charles Stark Draper (1901). After him are Daniel Kleppner (1932), Seymour Benzer (1921), John Clauser (1942), Edith Clarke (1883), Robert Serber (1909), and Leona Woods (1919).