Hannes Alfvén

1908 - 1995

Hannes Alfvén

Hannes Olof Gösta Alfvén (Swedish: [alˈveːn]; 30 May 1908 – 2 April 1995) was a Swedish electrical engineer, plasma physicist and winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). He described the class of MHD waves now known as Alfvén waves. He was originally trained as an electrical power engineer and later moved to research and teaching in the fields of plasma physics and electrical engineering. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hannes Alfvén has received more than 169,691 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 141st most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Hannes Alfvén ranks 140 out of 659Before him are Paul Langevin, Frits Zernike, Roger Penrose, Albert Fert, Emilio Segrè, and Felix Bloch. After him are Hideki Yukawa, Georges Charpak, Donald A. Glaser, Leon Cooper, Julius von Mayer, and Isidor Isaac Rabi.

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Among people born in 1908, Hannes Alfvén ranks 23Before him are Edward Teller, Olivier Messiaen, John Bardeen, Anna Magnani, Geli Raubal, and Mika Waltari. After him are Ilya Frank, Franz Stangl, Balthus, Manoel de Oliveira, Amon Göth, and David Oistrakh. Among people deceased in 1995, Hannes Alfvén ranks 14Before him are Konrad Zuse, Mikhail Botvinnik, Eugene Wigner, Gunnar Nordahl, Adolf Butenandt, and Dean Martin. After him are Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Donald Pleasence, Lana Turner, Fred Perry, Siad Barre, and Aziz Nesin.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Hannes Alfvén ranks 73 out of 935Before him are Eyvind Johnson (1900), Sven Hedin (1865), Benny Andersson (1946), Anders Zorn (1860), Arne Tiselius (1902), and Louise of Sweden (1851). After him are Stieg Larsson (1954), Axel Oxenstierna (1583), Alva Myrdal (1902), Björn Ulvaeus (1945), Charles VIII of Sweden (1409), and Harry Martinson (1904).

Among PHYSICISTS In Sweden

Among physicists born in Sweden, Hannes Alfvén ranks 4Before him are Manne Siegbahn (1886), Anders Jonas Ångström (1814), and Gustaf Dalén (1869). After him are Kai Siegbahn (1918), Rolf Maximilian Sievert (1896), Johannes Rydberg (1854), Oskar Klein (1894), Christopher Polhem (1661), Wilhelm Hisinger (1766), Knut Ångström (1857), and Vagn Walfrid Ekman (1874).

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