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Hans Bethe

1906 - 2005

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Hans Albrecht Bethe (German pronunciation: [ˈhans ˈbeːtə] (listen); July 2, 1906 – March 6, 2005) was a German-American theoretical physicist who made major contributions to nuclear physics, astrophysics, quantum electrodynamics, and solid-state physics, and who won the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis. For most of his career, Bethe was a professor at Cornell University.During World War II, he was head of the Theoretical Division at the secret Los Alamos laboratory that developed the first atomic bombs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans Bethe has received more than 787,976 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 76 in 2019). Hans Bethe is the 146th most popular physicist (down from 141st in 2019), the 678th most popular biography from France (down from 669th in 2019) and the 20th most popular French Physicist.

Hans Bethe is most famous for his work in nuclear physics. He was the head of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos during World War II, where he helped develop the atomic bomb.

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Among physicists, Hans Bethe ranks 146 out of 717Before him are Frits Zernike, Hideki Yukawa, Robert Coleman Richardson, Felix Bloch, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, and Karl Schwarzschild. After him are William Shockley, Johann Jakob Balmer, Ben Roy Mottelson, Martin Lewis Perl, Rudolf Mössbauer, and Hans Geiger.

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Among people born in 1906, Hans Bethe ranks 39Before him are Alexey Stakhanov, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Josef Kramer, John Huston, Wassily Leontief, and James E. Webb. After him are Dino Buzzati, Marcelo Caetano, Philip Johnson, Robert E. Howard, Vladimir Prelog, and Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein. Among people deceased in 2005, Hans Bethe ranks 21Before him are Saul Bellow, Aslan Maskhadov, Omar Sívori, Rafic Hariri, Kenzō Tange, and Zdzisław Beksiński. After him are Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium, Jack Kilby, James Callaghan, Sister Lúcia, Philip Johnson, and Ernst Mayr.

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In France

Among people born in France, Hans Bethe ranks 678 out of 6,011Before him are William Longsword (893), Julie Clary (1771), Marie François Sadi Carnot (1837), Paul Mauriat (1925), Louis Renault (1877), and Joseph Proust (1754). After him are Michel Eugène Chevreul (1786), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760), Chlodomer (495), Édouard Lalo (1823), Louis Auguste Blanqui (1805), and Jean-Baptiste Kléber (1753).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, Hans Bethe ranks 20Before him are Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788), François Arago (1786), Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron (1799), Albert Fert (1938), Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774), and Jacques Charles (1763). After him are Edme Mariotte (1620), Louis Néel (1904), Claude-Louis Navier (1785), Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (1932), Gérard Mourou (1944), and Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier (1754).