Fred Hoyle

1915 - 2001

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Sir Fred Hoyle FRS (24 June 1915 – 20 August 2001) was an English astronomer who formulated the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis. He also held controversial stances on other scientific matters—in particular his rejection of the "Big Bang" theory, a term coined by him on BBC radio, and his promotion of panspermia as the origin of life on Earth. He also wrote science fiction novels, short stories and radio plays, and co-authored twelve books with his son, Geoffrey Hoyle. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fred Hoyle has received more than 793,731 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Fred Hoyle is the 37th most popular astronomer (down from 28th in 2019), the 419th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 336th in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Astronomer.

Fred Hoyle is most famous for his work in the field of stellar nucleosynthesis. He was also a proponent of the steady-state theory of the universe.

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Among astronomers, Fred Hoyle ranks 37 out of 532Before him are Johann Gottfried Galle, Jan Oort, Johannes Hevelius, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, and Adolphe Quetelet. After him are Johann Bayer, Caroline Herschel, Clyde Tombaugh, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Charles Greeley Abbot, and Asaph Hall.

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Among people born in 1915, Fred Hoyle ranks 22Before him are Sviatoslav Richter, Paul Tibbets, Joachim Peiper, Saul Bellow, Billie Holiday, and Hu Yaobang. After him are Les Paul, Stanley Matthews, Curd Jürgens, Aung San, Charles H. Townes, and Robert A. Dahl. Among people deceased in 2001, Fred Hoyle ranks 18Before him are Léopold Sédar Senghor, Christiaan Barnard, Iannis Xenakis, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Ernst Gombrich, and William Hanna. After him are Robert Ludlum, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, Alberto Korda, Wilhelm Mohnke, John Lee Hooker, and Balthus.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Fred Hoyle ranks 419 out of 6,924Before him are Ralph Fiennes (1962), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), Margot Fonteyn (1919), Tony Blair (1953), Jackie Stewart (1939), and James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell (1534). After him are Saint Boniface (680), Raymond Cattell (1905), Colin Firth (1960), David Lean (1908), Robert Plant (1948), and Mary Mallon (1869).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Fred Hoyle ranks 4Before him are Edmond Halley (1656), Arthur Eddington (1882), and Mary Somerville (1780). After him are Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943), James Bradley (1693), William Lassell (1799), Martin Ryle (1918), Antony Hewish (1924), Stephen Gray (1666), John Flamsteed (1646), and George Darwin (1845).