Johannes Stark

1874 - 1957

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Johannes Stark (German pronunciation: [joˈhanəs ʃtaʁk] , 15 April 1874 – 21 June 1957) was a German physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1919 "for his discovery of the Doppler effect in canal rays and the splitting of spectral lines in electric fields". This phenomenon is known as the Stark effect. Stark received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Munich in 1897 under the supervision of Eugen von Lommel, and served as Lommel's assistant until his appointment as a lecturer at the University of Göttingen in 1900. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johannes Stark has received more than 276,228 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Johannes Stark is the 66th most popular physicist (up from 82nd in 2019), the 229th most popular biography from Germany (up from 306th in 2019) and the 11th most popular German Physicist.

Johannes Stark was a German physicist who is most famous for his discovery of the "Stark effect." The Stark effect is a phenomenon in which the intensity of light is dependent on the presence of an electric field.

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Among physicists, Johannes Stark ranks 66 out of 851Before him are Robert Andrews Millikan, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Otto Stern, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, J. Hans D. Jensen, and Eugene Wigner. After him are Rudolf Clausius, Otto von Guericke, Lev Landau, Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, Carl David Anderson, and Georges Lemaître.

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Among people born in 1874, Johannes Stark ranks 10Before him are Harry Houdini, Arnold Schoenberg, Herbert Hoover, Howard Carter, Chaim Weizmann, and Ernst Cassirer. After him are Max Scheler, Edward Thorndike, Gertrude Stein, Alexander Kolchak, António Egas Moniz, and Carl Bosch. Among people deceased in 1957, Johannes Stark ranks 10Before him are John von Neumann, Miklós Horthy, Diego Rivera, Christian Dior, Nikos Kazantzakis, and Humphrey Bogart. After him are Wilhelm Reich, Arturo Toscanini, Oliver Hardy, Henry van de Velde, Constantin Brâncuși, and Gichin Funakoshi.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Johannes Stark ranks 229 out of 7,253Before him are Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710), Hans Zimmer (1957), Max Stirner (1806), J. Hans D. Jensen (1907), Matthias Grünewald (1480), and Johann Pachelbel (1653). After him are Magda Goebbels (1901), Otto von Guericke (1602), Max Scheler (1874), Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838), Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717), and Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg (1620).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Johannes Stark ranks 11Before him are Georg Ohm (1789), Heinrich Hertz (1857), Max Born (1882), Max von Laue (1879), Hermann von Helmholtz (1821), and J. Hans D. Jensen (1907). After him are Otto von Guericke (1602), Carl Zeiss (1816), Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804), Ernst Ruska (1906), Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787), and James Franck (1882).