John Archibald Wheeler

1911 - 2008

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John Archibald Wheeler (July 9, 1911 – April 13, 2008) was an American theoretical physicist. He was largely responsible for reviving interest in general relativity in the United States after World War II. Wheeler also worked with Niels Bohr to explain the basic principles of nuclear fission. Together with Gregory Breit, Wheeler developed the concept of the Breit–Wheeler process. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Archibald Wheeler has received more than 1,194,498 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). John Archibald Wheeler is the 245th most popular physicist (down from 191st in 2019), the 978th most popular biography from United States (down from 862nd in 2019) and the 53rd most popular American Physicist.

John Archibald Wheeler is most famous for his contributions to the field of quantum physics. He is credited with coining the term "black hole" and was a proponent of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

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Over the past year John Archibald Wheeler has had the most page views in the with 161,704 views, followed by Spanish (17,668), and Russian (15,306). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Haitian (84.31%), Kirghiz (57.66%), and Occitan (54.50%)


Among physicists, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 245 out of 851Before him are John Kendrew, Valentin Ceaușescu, Bertram Brockhouse, Alexey Ekimov, Patrick Blackett, and Klaus Hasselmann. After him are Jim Peebles, Gérard Mourou, Georg Bednorz, Georg von Békésy, Ivar Giaever, and Claude-Louis Navier.

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Among people born in 1911, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 41Before him are Niels Kaj Jerne, Ginger Rogers, Max Frisch, Odysseas Elytis, Trygve Haavelmo, and Ernesto Sabato. After him are Herta Oberheuser, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Baer, L. Ron Hubbard, Bruno Kreisky, and Sergey Sokolov. Among people deceased in 2008, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 32Before him are Jacques Piccard, Roy Scheider, Jules Dassin, Heath Ledger, Jörg Haider, and George Emil Palade. After him are Leonid Hurwicz, Mel Ferrer, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow, Thomas Huckle Weller, Aimé Césaire, and Edward Norton Lorenz.

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Among people born in United States, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 978 out of 20,380Before him are Mildred Harris (1901), Joseph Campbell (1904), Tom Waits (1949), Julius Axelrod (1912), James Horner (1953), and Ritchie Valens (1941). After him are Richard Dreyfuss (1947), Jonathan Demme (1944), Marilyn vos Savant (1946), Queen Noor of Jordan (1951), Tippi Hedren (1930), and Harry Markowitz (1927).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 53Before him are Sheldon Lee Glashow (1932), Roy J. Glauber (1925), Frederick Reines (1918), Burton Richter (1931), Leon M. Lederman (1922), and Henry Way Kendall (1926). After him are Philip Warren Anderson (1923), John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (1899), Julian Schwinger (1918), John Vincent Atanasoff (1903), Hugh David Politzer (1949), and Steven Chu (1948).