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J. Robert Oppenheimer

1904 - 1967

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J. Robert Oppenheimer (; April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist who was professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Oppenheimer was the wartime head of the Los Alamos Laboratory and is among those who are credited with being the "father of the atomic bomb" for their role in the Manhattan Project – the World War II undertaking that developed the first nuclear weapons. Oppenheimer was among those who observed the Trinity test in New Mexico, where the first atomic bomb was successfully detonated on July 16, 1945. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of J. Robert Oppenheimer has received more than 9,830,250 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). J. Robert Oppenheimer is the 58th most popular physicist (up from 65th in 2019), the 247th most popular biography from United States (down from 214th in 2019) and the 3rd 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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Among PHYSICISTS

Among physicists, J. Robert Oppenheimer ranks 58 out of 721Before him are Otto von Guericke, Wilhelm Wien, Max Born, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Robert Andrews Millikan, and Mikhail Lomonosov. After him are Rudolf Clausius, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Gustav Ludwig Hertz, Wilhelm Eduard Weber, Max von Laue, and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1904, J. Robert Oppenheimer ranks 11Before him are Dr. Seuss, Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, B. F. Skinner, Umberto II of Italy, Cary Grant, and Johnny Weissmuller. After him are Jean Gabin, Graham Greene, George Gamow, Pavel Cherenkov, Alexei Kosygin, and Karl Brandt. Among people deceased in 1967, J. Robert Oppenheimer ranks 8Before him are René Magritte, Puyi, Konrad Adenauer, Vivien Leigh, Edward Hopper, and Ilse Koch. After him are Spencer Tracy, Jack Ruby, Vladimir Komarov, Mohammad Mosaddegh, Clement Attlee, and André Maurois.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, J. Robert Oppenheimer ranks 247 out of 15,968Before him are Scatman John (1942), Harvey Keitel (1939), Ava Gardner (1922), Leonard Bernstein (1918), Josephine Baker (1906), and Lee Van Cleef (1925). After him are Nina Simone (1933), Dick Cheney (1941), Buffalo Bill (1846), Shirley MacLaine (1934), Joseph Smith (1805), and Oliver Hardy (1892).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, J. Robert Oppenheimer ranks 3Before him are Richard Feynman (1918) and Robert Andrews Millikan (1868). After him are Arthur Compton (1892), Carl David Anderson (1905), Barry Barish (1936), Joseph Henry (1797), Clinton Davisson (1881), Ernest Lawrence (1901), John Bardeen (1908), Kip Thorne (1940), and Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839).