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Henry Norris Russell

1877 - 1957

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Henry Norris Russell ForMemRS HFRSE FRAS (October 25, 1877 – February 18, 1957) was an American astronomer who, along with Ejnar Hertzsprung, developed the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram (1910). He is often given credit for discovering the chemical composition of the sun, but that was the work of Cecelia Payne, whose work he had earlier prevented from publishing due to it being at odds with the composition of the earth. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry Norris Russell has received more than 122,656 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Henry Norris Russell is the 114th most popular astronomer (down from 93rd in 2019), the 1,802nd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,294th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular American Astronomer.

Henry Norris Russell is most famous for his work in the field of astronomy. He was born in 1877 and studied at Princeton University, graduating in 1900. He then went on to study at Harvard University, where he received his doctorate in astronomy in 1905. He was a professor at Princeton University from 1909 until his retirement in 1956.

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Among astronomers, Henry Norris Russell ranks 114 out of 531Before him are Carolyn S. Shoemaker, Heinrich Schwabe, Arthur Auwers, Taqi ad-Din Muhammad ibn Ma'ruf, E. M. Antoniadi, and Édouard Stephan. After him are Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld, Jeremiah Horrocks, Adelard of Bath, Tom Gehrels, Johann Adam Schall von Bell, and Ali Qushji.

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Among people born in 1877, Henry Norris Russell ranks 38Before him are Alfred Kubin, Rudolf Hilferding, Ulrich Salchow, Mykola Leontovych, Emil Abderhalden, and Otto Gross. After him are Isabelle Eberhardt, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Alben W. Barkley, Endre Ady, James Jeans, and Raymond Roussel. Among people deceased in 1957, Henry Norris Russell ranks 58Before him are Mamoru Shigemitsu, Antonín Zápotocký, Giovanni Battista Caproni, Qi Baishi, Moša Pijade, and Sacha Guitry. After him are Rezső Kasztner, Johann Rattenhuber, Arnold van Gennep, Alfonso de Portago, Pedro Infante, and Shoghi Effendi.

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Among people born in United States, Henry Norris Russell ranks 1,802 out of 18,182Before him are Pete Sampras (1971), Kate Capshaw (1953), Stevie Nicks (1948), Fred Durst (1970), Billy Dee Williams (1937), and Venus Williams (1980). After him are Robert C. Merton (1944), Mitt Romney (1947), Ralph Macchio (1961), Saul Kripke (1940), Arthur Danto (1924), and Robert Moog (1934).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Henry Norris Russell ranks 22Before him are Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. (1941), J. Allen Hynek (1910), James Van Allen (1914), Frank Drake (1930), Edward Charles Pickering (1846), and Carolyn S. Shoemaker (1929). After him are Harlow Shapley (1885), Maria Mitchell (1818), Annie Jump Cannon (1863), George Phillips Bond (1825), Vesto Slipher (1875), and Henry Draper (1837).