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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 118,568 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia. James Rainwater is the 167th most popular physicist (up from 206th in 2019), the 713th most popular biography from United States (up from 948th in 2019) and the 26th 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, James Rainwater ranks 167 out of 717Before him are Steven Weinberg, Donald A. Glaser, Polykarp Kusch, Laura Bassi, Georges Charpak, and Benjamin Thompson. After him are Leon Cooper, Robert H. Goddard, Igor Kurchatov, Martinus J. G. Veltman, Hannes Alfvén, and Pyotr Kapitsa.

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Among people born in 1917, James Rainwater ranks 28Before him are Louis Zamperini, Rochus Misch, Óscar Romero, Jean-Pierre Melville, Bourvil, and Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia. After him are Sven Hassel, George Gaynes, Ferdinand Marcos, Dizzy Gillespie, Algirdas Julien Greimas, and Danielle Darrieux. Among people deceased in 1986, James Rainwater ranks 27Before him are Alva Myrdal, Fritz Albert Lipmann, Dmitry Kabalevsky, Benny Goodman, Erich Koch, and Edward Adelbert Doisy. After him are Chiune Sugihara, Jaroslav Seifert, Minoru Yamasaki, Georges Dumézil, L. Ron Hubbard, and Leonid Kantorovich.

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Among people born in United States, James Rainwater ranks 713 out of 18,182Before him are Scott Joplin (1868), Robert Downey Jr. (1965), Benjamin Thompson (1753), Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893), Stanley Cohen (1922), and Harold Urey (1893). After him are Wes Craven (1939), John Goodman (1952), William Saroyan (1908), Billy Graham (1918), Maya Angelou (1928), and Asaph Hall (1829).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, James Rainwater ranks 26Before him are Hugh Everett III (1930), Michio Kaku (1947), Murray Gell-Mann (1929), Steven Weinberg (1933), Donald A. Glaser (1926), and Benjamin Thompson (1753). After him are Leon Cooper (1930), Robert H. Goddard (1882), Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Arthur Ashkin (1922), James Cronin (1931), and Charles H. Townes (1915).