James Cronin

1931 - 2016

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James Watson Cronin (September 29, 1931 – August 25, 2016) was an American particle physicist.Cronin was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He and co-researcher Val Logsdon Fitch were awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics for a 1964 experiment that proved that certain subatomic reactions do not adhere to fundamental symmetry principles. Specifically, they proved, by examining the decay of kaons, that a reaction run in reverse does not merely retrace the path of the original reaction, which showed that the interactions of subatomic particles are not invariant under time reversal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Cronin has received more than 172,338 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). James Cronin is the 205th most popular physicist (down from 168th in 2019), the 948th most popular biography from United States (down from 605th in 2019) and the 38th most popular American Physicist.

James Cronin is most famous for being a professional rugby player.

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Among physicists, James Cronin ranks 205 out of 721Before him are Claude-Louis Navier, Philip Warren Anderson, Abdus Salam, John Vincent Atanasoff, Isamu Akasaki, and John Archibald Wheeler. After him are James Rainwater, Wolfgang Paul, Joseph Plateau, Edward Mills Purcell, Jim Peebles, and Kai Siegbahn.

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Among people born in 1931, James Cronin ranks 48Before him are Riccardo Giacconi, Don King, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Michael Lonsdale, Ettore Scola, and Faten Hamama. After him are Ronald Dworkin, Arata Isozaki, Richard Rorty, Ivan Rebroff, Caterina Valente, and Jacques Demy. Among people deceased in 2016, James Cronin ranks 48Before him are Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Walter Scheel, George Gaynes, Michael Cimino, Ray Tomlinson, and Ettore Scola. After him are Harry Kroto, Jacques Rivette, Michèle Morgan, Junko Tabei, Reinhard Selten, and Yasuo Takamori.

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Among people born in United States, James Cronin ranks 948 out of 15,968Before him are Kobe Bryant (1978), James B. Sumner (1887), Bob Kane (1915), Ellen DeGeneres (1958), John Archibald Wheeler (1911), and Jack Kirby (1917). After him are James Rainwater (1917), Harry Markowitz (1927), David Hasselhoff (1952), Ronald Dworkin (1931), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), and Billy Bob Thornton (1955).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, James Cronin ranks 38Before him are John L. Hall (1934), Willis Lamb (1913), Melvin Schwartz (1932), Philip Warren Anderson (1923), John Vincent Atanasoff (1903), and John Archibald Wheeler (1911). After him are James Rainwater (1917), Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Robert Hofstadter (1915), Frederick Reines (1918), Arthur Ashkin (1922), and Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921).