J. Robert Oppenheimer

1904 - 1967

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J. Robert Oppenheimer (born Julius Robert Oppenheimer; OP-ən-hy-mər; April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist. He was director of the Manhattan Project's Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II and is often called the "father of the atomic bomb". Born in New York City, Oppenheimer earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Harvard University in 1925 and a doctorate in physics from the University of Göttingen in Germany in 1927, where he studied under Max Born. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of J. Robert Oppenheimer has received more than 48,783,828 page views. His biography is available in 96 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 85 in 2019). J. Robert Oppenheimer is the 15th most popular physicist (up from 56th in 2019), the 45th most popular biography from United States (up from 213th in 2019) and the most popular American Physicist.

J. Robert Oppenheimer is most famous for being the director of the Manhattan Project, which was a project to develop the first atomic bomb.

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Over the past year J. Robert Oppenheimer has had the most page views in the with 38,382,316 views, followed by Spanish (5,649,225), and Russian (5,178,739). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Italian (18,485.00%), Lithuanian (1,931.34%), and Greek (1,866.25%)


Among physicists, J. Robert Oppenheimer ranks 15 out of 851Before him are Hans Christian Ørsted, Pierre Curie, Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr, James Prescott Joule, and Robert Hooke. After him are Werner Heisenberg, Evangelista Torricelli, Henri Becquerel, Enrico Fermi, André-Marie Ampère, and Erwin Schrödinger.

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Among people born in 1904, J. Robert Oppenheimer ranks 2Before him is Salvador Dalí. After him are Deng Xiaoping, Pablo Neruda, Reinhard Heydrich, Dr. Seuss, Umberto II of Italy, Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, Jean Gabin, B. F. Skinner, Ève Curie, and Johnny Weissmuller. Among people deceased in 1967, J. Robert Oppenheimer ranks 2Before him is Che Guevara. After him are René Magritte, Konrad Adenauer, Vivien Leigh, Puyi, Casimir Funk, Vladimir Komarov, Mohammad Mosaddegh, Clement Attlee, Ilse Koch, and Spencer Tracy.

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Among people born in United States, J. Robert Oppenheimer ranks 45 out of 20,380Before him are Aretha Franklin (1942), Al Pacino (1940), Robert De Niro (1943), Janis Joplin (1943), Harry S. Truman (1884), and F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896). After him are Mark Twain (1835), Zodiac Killer (1940), Maria Callas (1923), Bernie Sanders (1941), Cher (1946), and Clint Eastwood (1930).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, J. Robert Oppenheimer ranks 1After him are Richard Feynman (1918), Barry Barish (1936), Robert Andrews Millikan (1868), Carl David Anderson (1905), Ernest Lawrence (1901), Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), John Bardeen (1908), Clinton Davisson (1881), Willis Lamb (1913), Owen Chamberlain (1920), and Ben Roy Mottelson (1926).