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 324,689 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Hans Geiger is the 132nd most popular physicist (down from 119th in 2019), the 490th most popular biography from Germany (down from 13th in 2019) and the 23rd 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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Among physicists, Hans Geiger ranks 132 out of 721Before him are Isidor Isaac Rabi, Gustaf Dalén, Percy Williams Bridgman, Leo Szilard, Albert Fert, and Peter Grünberg. After him are Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Paul Langevin, Laura Bassi, Alfred Kastler, Maurice Wilkins, and Julius von Mayer.

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Among people born in 1882, Hans Geiger ranks 35Before him are Charles Ponzi, Princess Margaret of Connaught, Getúlio Vargas, Jacques Maritain, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, and Percy Williams Bridgman. After him are Bela Lugosi, Moritz Schlick, Rodolfo Graziani, Robert H. Goddard, Nicolai Hartmann, and Yanka Kupala. Among people deceased in 1945, Hans Geiger ranks 49Before him are Oskar Dirlewanger, Käthe Kollwitz, Wilhelm Burgdorf, Emil Hácha, Robert Ritter von Greim, and Tadamichi Kuribayashi. After him are Franz Werfel, Hans Fischer, Karl Hanke, Karl-Otto Koch, Stefan Banach, and Georg Elser.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Hans Geiger ranks 490 out of 5,289Before him are Willy Messerschmitt (1898), Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732), Ludwig Tieck (1773), Werner Sombart (1863), Lion Feuchtwanger (1884), and Johann Bayer (1572). After him are Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (1750), Pyotr Stolypin (1862), Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1784), Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742), Otto Carius (1922), and Fanny Mendelssohn (1805).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Hans Geiger ranks 23Before him are Ernst Abbe (1840), Ernst Ruska (1906), Arno Allan Penzias (1933), Karl Schwarzschild (1873), Walther Bothe (1891), and J. Hans D. Jensen (1907). After him are Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742), Julius von Mayer (1814), Rudolf Mössbauer (1929), Hans Georg Dehmelt (1922), Polykarp Kusch (1911), and Wolfgang Paul (1913).