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Harlow Shapley

1885 - 1972

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Harlow Shapley (November 2, 1885 – October 20, 1972) was an American scientist, head of the Harvard College Observatory (1921–1952), and political activist during the latter New Deal and Fair Deal.Shapley used Cepheid variable stars to estimate the size of the Milky Way Galaxy and the Sun's position within it by using parallax. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harlow Shapley has received more than 350,830 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Harlow Shapley is the 130th most popular astronomer (down from 124th in 2019), the 2,001st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,773rd in 2019) and the 23rd most popular American Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Harlow Shapley ranks 130 out of 531Before him are Maslama al-Majriti, Nikolai Chernykh, Johann Daniel Titius, John Russell Hind, Robert Luther, and Annibale de Gasparis. After him are Walter Sydney Adams, Maria Margaretha Kirch, Johann Franz Encke, John Louis Emil Dreyer, Alphonse Borrelly, and Williamina Fleming.

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Among people born in 1885, Harlow Shapley ranks 66Before him are Bess Truman, Theda Bara, Dorando Pietri, Viktor Schauberger, Sisavang Vong, and Agustín Barrios. After him are Khải Định, Frank Jack Fletcher, Soemu Toyoda, Egon Kisch, Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein, and Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz. Among people deceased in 1972, Harlow Shapley ranks 55Before him are Martiros Saryan, Josep Samitier, George, Crown Prince of Serbia, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Ghassan Kanafani, and Eugène Tisserant. After him are Matvei Zakharov, Stephen Timoshenko, Lester B. Pearson, Watchman Nee, Prescott Bush, and Jules Romains.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Harlow Shapley ranks 2,001 out of 18,182Before him are Robert Ryan (1909), George Kelly (1905), Henry King (1886), Aileen Wuornos (1956), Martin Kove (1946), and Margaret Bourke-White (1904). After him are George Lakoff (1941), John Landis (1950), Peter Criss (1945), Jim Henson (1936), Jack Welch (1935), and Irving Penn (1917).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Harlow Shapley ranks 23Before him are J. Allen Hynek (1910), James Van Allen (1914), Frank Drake (1930), Edward Charles Pickering (1846), Carolyn S. Shoemaker (1929), and Henry Norris Russell (1877). After him are Maria Mitchell (1818), Annie Jump Cannon (1863), George Phillips Bond (1825), Vesto Slipher (1875), Henry Draper (1837), and George William Hill (1838).