Hans Geiger

1882 - 1945

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Johannes Wilhelm "Hans" Geiger (; German: [ˈɡaɪɡɐ]; 30 September 1882 – 24 September 1945) was a German physicist. He is best known as the co-inventor of the detector component of the Geiger counter and for the Geiger–Marsden experiment which discovered the atomic nucleus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans Geiger has received more than 417,596 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Hans Geiger is the 153rd most popular physicist (down from 152nd in 2019), the 516th most popular biography from Germany (up from 579th in 2019) and the 25th most popular German Physicist.

Hans Geiger is most famous for his invention of the Geiger-Müller tube, which detects ionizing radiation.

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Over the past year Hans Geiger has had the most page views in the with 56,267 views, followed by Russian (13,560), and German (13,121). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Czech (165.71%), Tajik (78.08%), and Malagasy (52.94%)


Among physicists, Hans Geiger ranks 153 out of 851Before him are Hannes Alfvén, Simon van der Meer, Karl Schwarzschild, Willard Boyle, Johann Jakob Balmer, and Albert Fert. After him are Maurice Wilkins, Arthur Compton, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Hugh Everett III, Henry Moseley, and Nicolaas Bloembergen.

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Among people born in 1882, Hans Geiger ranks 33Before him are Rodolfo Graziani, James Franck, Edward Hopper, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, Charles Ponzi, and Emmerich Kálmán. After him are A. A. Milne, Arthur Eddington, Jacques Maritain, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, René Coty, and Bela Lugosi. Among people deceased in 1945, Hans Geiger ranks 47Before him are Francis William Aston, Ernst Busch, Vladimir Vernadsky, Franz Werfel, Oskar Dirlewanger, and Josef Kramer. After him are Wilhelm Burgdorf, Robert Ritter von Greim, Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, Theodore Dreiser, Karl Hanke, and Tadamichi Kuribayashi.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Hans Geiger ranks 516 out of 7,253Before him are Rabanus Maurus (780), Walter Schellenberg (1910), Helmut Newton (1920), Josef Kramer (1906), Patrick Süskind (1949), and Niklas Luhmann (1927). After him are Klaus Mann (1906), Erhard Milch (1892), Wassily Leontief (1906), Hans Spemann (1869), Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604), and Albert, Duke of Prussia (1490).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Hans Geiger ranks 25Before him are Arno Allan Penzias (1933), Ernst Abbe (1840), Walther Bothe (1891), Rudolf Mössbauer (1929), George Paget Thomson (1892), and Karl Schwarzschild (1873). After him are Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742), Klaus Fuchs (1911), Gerd Binnig (1947), Hans Georg Dehmelt (1922), Polykarp Kusch (1911), and Gustav Ludwig Hertz (1887).