Jan Oort

1900 - 1992

Jan Oort

Jan Hendrik Oort ( or ; 28 April 1900 – 5 November 1992) was a Dutch astronomer who made significant contributions to the understanding of the Milky Way and who was a pioneer in the field of radio astronomy. His New York Times obituary called him "one of the century's foremost explorers of the universe"; the European Space Agency website describes him as "one of the greatest astronomers of the 20th century" and states that he "revolutionised astronomy through his ground-breaking discoveries." In 1955, Oort's name appeared in Life magazine's list of the 100 most famous living people. He has been described as "putting the Netherlands in the forefront of postwar astronomy."Oort determined that the Milky Way rotates and overturned the idea that the Sun was at its center. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan Oort has received more than 186,284 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 34th most popular astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Jan Oort ranks 34 out of 495Before him are Fred Hoyle, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers, Wilhelm Schickard, Jamshīd al-Kāshī, Johann Gottfried Galle, and Charles Greeley Abbot. After him are Riccardo Giacconi, Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Adolphe Quetelet, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and Simon Marius.

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Among people born in 1900, Jan Oort ranks 29Before him are Hans Fritzsche, Kurt Weill, Giorgos Seferis, Richard Kuhn, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and Eyvind Johnson. After him are Thomas Wolfe, Ragnar Granit, W. Edwards Deming, Karl Wolff, Choe Yong-gon, and Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta. Among people deceased in 1992, Jan Oort ranks 17Before him are Olivier Messiaen, Mikhail Tal, Benny Hill, Anthony Perkins, Giovanni Falcone, and Barbara McClintock. After him are Aribert Heim, Satyajit Ray, Li Xiannian, Ernst Happel, Peyo, and Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Jan Oort ranks 66 out of 908Before him are Christiaan Eijkman (1858), Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836), Rem Koolhaas (1944), Frank Rijkaard (1962), William II, Prince of Orange (1626), and Johan de Witt (1625). After him are Geert Hofstede (1928), Gerard van Honthorst (1592), Norbert of Xanten (1080), Dieric Bouts (1415), Edsger W. Dijkstra (1930), and Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (1584).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Netherlands

Among astronomers born in Netherlands, Jan Oort ranks 1After him are Gerard Kuiper (1905), Pieter van Musschenbroek (1692), Tom Gehrels (1925), John Goodricke (1764), Antonie Pannekoek (1873), Cornelis Johannes van Houten (1920), Jacobus Kapteyn (1851), Adriaan Blaauw (1914), Walter Lewin (1936), Henri Joseph Anastase Perrotin (1845), and Hendrik van Gent (1900).

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