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James Rainwater

1917 - 1986

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Leo James Rainwater (December 9, 1917 – May 31, 1986) was an American physicist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1975 for his part in determining the asymmetrical shapes of certain atomic nuclei. During World War II, he worked on the Manhattan Project that developed the first atomic bombs. In 1949, he began developing his theory that, contrary to what was then believed, not all atomic nuclei are spherical. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Rainwater has received more than 93,640 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). James Rainwater is the 206th most popular physicist (up from 208th in 2019), the 949th most popular biography from United States (down from 756th in 2019) and the 39th most popular American Physicist.

James Rainwater is most famous for his research on the effects of the Great Depression on American families.

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Among PHYSICISTS

Among physicists, James Rainwater ranks 206 out of 721Before him are Philip Warren Anderson, Abdus Salam, John Vincent Atanasoff, Isamu Akasaki, John Archibald Wheeler, and James Cronin. After him are Wolfgang Paul, Joseph Plateau, Edward Mills Purcell, Jim Peebles, Kai Siegbahn, and Robert Hofstadter.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1917, James Rainwater ranks 39Before him are Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia, George Gaynes, Manolete, Kiro Gligorov, Bourvil, and Jack Kirby. After him are Joan Clarke, Robert Burns Woodward, Danielle Darrieux, Algirdas Julien Greimas, Thelonious Monk, and Violeta Parra. Among people deceased in 1986, James Rainwater ranks 32Before him are Leonid Kantorovich, Georges Dumézil, Chiune Sugihara, Alva Myrdal, Samora Machel, and Jaroslav Seifert. After him are Raymond Loewy, James Cagney, Lê Duẩn, Ray Milland, Edward Adelbert Doisy, and Stanley Rous.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Rainwater ranks 949 out of 15,968Before him are James B. Sumner (1887), Bob Kane (1915), Ellen DeGeneres (1958), John Archibald Wheeler (1911), Jack Kirby (1917), and James Cronin (1931). After him are Harry Markowitz (1927), David Hasselhoff (1952), Ronald Dworkin (1931), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Billy Bob Thornton (1955), and Edward Mills Purcell (1912).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, James Rainwater ranks 39Before him are Willis Lamb (1913), Melvin Schwartz (1932), Philip Warren Anderson (1923), John Vincent Atanasoff (1903), John Archibald Wheeler (1911), and James Cronin (1931). After him are Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Robert Hofstadter (1915), Frederick Reines (1918), Arthur Ashkin (1922), Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921), and Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. (1915).