James Van Allen

1914 - 2006

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James Alfred Van Allen (September 7, 1914 – August 9, 2006) was an American space scientist at the University of Iowa. He was instrumental in establishing the field of magnetospheric research in space. The Van Allen radiation belts were named after him, following his discovery using Geiger–Müller tube instruments on the 1958 satellites (Explorer 1, Explorer 3, and Pioneer 3) during the International Geophysical Year. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Van Allen has received more than 252,309 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). James Van Allen is the 127th most popular astronomer (down from 105th in 2019), the 1,837th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,534th in 2019) and the 21st most popular American Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, James Van Allen ranks 127 out of 532Before him are Ali Qushji, Giovanni Battista Hodierna, Alphonse Borrelly, Harlow Shapley, Eric Walter Elst, and Édouard Stephan. After him are Russell Alan Hulse, Andreas Cellarius, Walter Sydney Adams, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld, Arthur Auwers, and Vesto Slipher.

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Among people born in 1914, James Van Allen ranks 71Before him are Martin Gardner, William Vickrey, Archduchess Adelheid of Austria, Yakov Zeldovich, Lina Bo Bardi, and Akira Nozawa. After him are Pavle, Serbian Patriarch, Pierre Balmain, Unity Mitford, Dürrüşehvar Sultan, Achille Compagnoni, and Demetrios I of Constantinople. Among people deceased in 2006, James Van Allen ranks 74Before him are Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Reinhart Koselleck, Shamil Basayev, Allan Kaprow, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, and Jane Jacobs. After him are Dürrüşehvar Sultan, Pierre Clostermann, Jack Warden, Ryutaro Hashimoto, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and Zoia Ceaușescu.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Van Allen ranks 1,837 out of 15,968Before him are Lou Gehrig (1903), Nettie Stevens (1861), Al Oerter (1936), Mike Powell (1963), Steve Vai (1960), and Samuel R. Delany (1942). After him are Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr. (1868), Selena Gomez (1992), Queen Noor of Jordan (1951), William A. Wellman (1896), Judd Hirsch (1935), and Edward Weston (1886).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, James Van Allen ranks 21Before him are Henry Norris Russell (1877), Edward Emerson Barnard (1857), Edward Charles Pickering (1846), Annie Jump Cannon (1863), Frank Drake (1930), and Harlow Shapley (1885). After him are Russell Alan Hulse (1950), Vesto Slipher (1875), Maria Mitchell (1818), William Henry Pickering (1858), Henry Draper (1837), and George Phillips Bond (1825).