Heinrich Rohrer

1933 - 2013

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Heinrich Rohrer (6 June 1933 – 16 May 2013) was a Swiss physicist who shared half of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics with Gerd Binnig for the design of the scanning tunneling microscope (STM). The other half of the Prize was awarded to Ernst Ruska. The Heinrich Rohrer Medal is presented triennially by the Surface Science Society of Japan with IBM Research – Zurich, Swiss Embassy in Japan, and Ms. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Heinrich Rohrer has received more than 234,286 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Heinrich Rohrer is the 109th most popular physicist (up from 118th in 2019), the 32nd most popular biography from Switzerland (up from 40th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Swiss Physicist.

Heinrich Rohrer is most famous for his work in the field of scanning tunneling microscopy, which he co-invented.

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Among physicists, Heinrich Rohrer ranks 109 out of 851Before him are François Arago, Willis Lamb, Owen Chamberlain, Roger Penrose, Alfred Kastler, and Jean-Baptiste Biot. After him are Ben Roy Mottelson, Hippolyte Fizeau, Peter Debye, Anders Jonas Ångström, Joseph Henry, and Walter Houser Brattain.

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Among people born in 1933, Heinrich Rohrer ranks 19Before him are Jalal Talabani, James Brown, Just Fontaine, Corazon Aquino, Nina Simone, and Amartya Sen. After him are Philip Roth, Susan Sontag, Mako, Elinor Ostrom, Francisco Gento, and Arno Allan Penzias. Among people deceased in 2013, Heinrich Rohrer ranks 10Before him are Hugo Chávez, Peter O'Toole, Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, Võ Nguyên Giáp, Jorge Rafael Videla, and Doris Lessing. After him are Djalma Santos, Giulio Andreotti, Frederick Sanger, Robert Coleman Richardson, Douglas Engelbart, and Lou Reed.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Heinrich Rohrer ranks 32 out of 1,015Before him are Conrad Gessner (1516), Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921), Jacob Burckhardt (1818), Erich von Däniken (1935), Jacques Necker (1732), and Joan Gamper (1877). After him are Carlo Maderno (1556), Hermann Rorschach (1884), K. Alex Müller (1927), Karl Barth (1886), Adelaide of Italy (931), and Ursula Andress (1936).

Among PHYSICISTS In Switzerland

Among physicists born in Switzerland, Heinrich Rohrer ranks 2Before him are Charles Édouard Guillaume (1861). After him are K. Alex Müller (1927), Felix Bloch (1905), Auguste Piccard (1884), Johann Jakob Balmer (1825), Ami Argand (1750), Walter H. Schottky (1886), Raoul Pictet (1846), Walther Ritz (1878), Jakob II Bernoulli (1759), and Alfred Kleiner (1849).