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 Schrödinger equation 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 398,966 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Hugh Everett III is the 152nd most popular physicist (up from 177th in 2019), the 700th most popular biography from United States (down from 632nd in 2019) and the 17th 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 152 out of 721Before him are Benjamin Thompson, Murray Gell-Mann, William Shockley, Hannes Alfvén, Javier Solana, and Ratko Janev. After him are Robert H. Goddard, Heinrich Rohrer, Georges Charpak, Martin Lewis Perl, Ben Roy Mottelson, and Rudolf Mössbauer.

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Among people born in 1930, Hugh Everett III ranks 37Before him are Niki de Saint Phalle, Immanuel Wallerstein, Silvana Mangano, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Biljana Plavšić, and Gary Becker. After him are Tippi Hedren, Félix Guattari, Leon Cooper, Carlos Menem, Gylmar dos Santos Neves, and Carlos Kleiber. Among people deceased in 1982, Hugh Everett III ranks 28Before him are Louis Aragon, Jiro Horikoshi, Gala Dalí, Georges Perec, Gilles Villeneuve, and Hans Selye. After him are Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, Helen of Greece and Denmark, E. H. Carr, John Belushi, Mikhail Suslov, and Curd Jürgens.

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Among people born in United States, Hugh Everett III ranks 700 out of 15,968Before him are Bill Evans (1929), Vincente Minnelli (1903), Dashiell Hammett (1894), Estée Lauder (1906), Martin Cooper (1928), and Ed O'Neill (1946). After him are Stephen Covey (1932), Robert H. Goddard (1882), Matt Groening (1954), James Tobin (1918), John Carpenter (1948), and Robert Venturi (1925).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Hugh Everett III ranks 17Before him are Kip Thorne (1940), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), Owen Chamberlain (1920), Benjamin Thompson (1753), and Murray Gell-Mann (1929). After him are Robert H. Goddard (1882), Martin Lewis Perl (1927), Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), Leon Cooper (1930), Robert Coleman Richardson (1937), and Michio Kaku (1947).