Gerard Kuiper

1905 - 1973

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Gerard Peter Kuiper (English: ; Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkœypər]; born Gerrit Pieter Kuiper; 7 December 1905 – 23 December 1973) was a Dutch astronomer, planetary scientist, selenographer, author and professor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gerard Kuiper has received more than 305,316 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Gerard Kuiper is the 61st most popular astronomer (down from 55th in 2019), the 108th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 97th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Dutch Astronomer.

Gerard Kuiper is most famous for proposing the existence of a belt of comet-like bodies beyond Neptune.

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Among astronomers, Gerard Kuiper ranks 61 out of 532Before him are Riccardo Giacconi, Fritz Zwicky, Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, Martin Ryle, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, and Antony Hewish. After him are William Alfred Fowler, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Girolamo Fracastoro, Pierre Janssen, Pieter van Musschenbroek, and Stephen Gray.

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Among people born in 1905, Gerard Kuiper ranks 29Before him are Guillermo Stábile, Artem Mikoyan, Emilio Segrè, Max Schmeling, Franz Ziereis, and Marian Rejewski. After him are Ulf von Euler, Jean Vigo, Nikolai Tikhonov, Władysław Gomułka, Nise da Silveira, and Kurt Gerstein. Among people deceased in 1973, Gerard Kuiper ranks 41Before him are Walter Rudolf Hess, Ragnar Frisch, Luis Carrero Blanco, Lex Barker, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Artturi Ilmari Virtanen. After him are Ingeborg Bachmann, Howard H. Aiken, Frank Costello, W. H. Auden, Amílcar Cabral, and Taha Hussein.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Gerard Kuiper ranks 108 out of 1,209Before him are Carel Fabritius (1622), Paul J. Crutzen (1933), Martinus Beijerinck (1851), William II of Holland (1228), Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1778), and Louise of the Netherlands (1828). After him are Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920), Etty Hillesum (1914), Dick Advocaat (1947), Robert van Gulik (1910), Gabriël Metsu (1629), and Judith Leyster (1609).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Netherlands

Among astronomers born in Netherlands, Gerard Kuiper ranks 2Before him are Jan Oort (1900). After him are Pieter van Musschenbroek (1692), Tom Gehrels (1925), Antonie Pannekoek (1873), Cornelis Johannes van Houten (1920), Jacobus Kapteyn (1851), John Goodricke (1764), Walter Lewin (1936), Henri Joseph Anastase Perrotin (1845), Adriaan Blaauw (1914), and Maarten Schmidt (1929).