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Hugh Everett III

1930 - 1982

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Hugh Everett III (; November 11, 1930 – July 19, 1982) was an American physicist who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics, which he termed his "relative state" formulation. In contrast to the then-dominant Copenhagen interpretation, the MWI posits that the wave function never collapses and that all possibilities of a quantum superposition are objectively real. Discouraged by the scorn of other physicists for MWI, Everett ended his physics career after completing his PhD. Afterwards, he developed the use of generalized Lagrange multipliers for operations research and applied this commercially as a defense analyst and a consultant. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hugh Everett III has received more than 532,273 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Hugh Everett III is the 156th most popular physicist (down from 152nd in 2019), the 661st most popular biography from United States (up from 700th in 2019) and the 20th most popular American Physicist.

Hugh Everett III is most famous for proposing the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

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Among physicists, Hugh Everett III ranks 156 out of 717Before him are Martin Lewis Perl, Rudolf Mössbauer, Hans Geiger, Peter Grünberg, Val Logsdon Fitch, and Nicolaas Bloembergen. After him are Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Michio Kaku, Willard Boyle, Murray Gell-Mann, Steven Weinberg, and Donald A. Glaser.

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Among people born in 1930, Hugh Everett III ranks 39Before him are Gary Becker, Bernie Ecclestone, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Biljana Plavšić, Robert Wagner, and Carlos Menem. After him are Félix Guattari, Leon Cooper, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Tippi Hedren, Lorin Maazel, and Ali al-Sistani. Among people deceased in 1982, Hugh Everett III ranks 28Before him are Gala Dalí, Karl von Frisch, Hans Selye, Gilles Villeneuve, Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, and Mikhail Suslov. After him are Ivan Bagramyan, Hugo Theorell, Helen of Greece and Denmark, Georges Perec, Curd Jürgens, and Cevdet Sunay.

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Among people born in United States, Hugh Everett III ranks 661 out of 18,182Before him are Sally Field (1946), Linda Lovelace (1949), Val Logsdon Fitch (1923), Douglass North (1920), Terrence Malick (1943), and Hugh Glass (1783). After him are Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933), Carl Barks (1901), Joseph McCarthy (1908), Jim Jarmusch (1953), Nancy Reagan (1921), and Frances McDormand (1957).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Hugh Everett III ranks 20Before him are Ernest Lawrence (1901), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), Robert Coleman Richardson (1937), Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), Martin Lewis Perl (1927), and Val Logsdon Fitch (1923). After him are Michio Kaku (1947), Murray Gell-Mann (1929), Steven Weinberg (1933), Donald A. Glaser (1926), Benjamin Thompson (1753), and James Rainwater (1917).