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 in explaining the basic principles behind 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 912,347 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). John Archibald Wheeler is the 204th most popular physicist (up from 651st in 2019), the 946th most popular biography from United States (up from 10,655th in 2019) and the 37th 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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Among physicists, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 204 out of 721Before him are Louis Néel, Claude-Louis Navier, Philip Warren Anderson, Abdus Salam, John Vincent Atanasoff, and Isamu Akasaki. After him are James Cronin, James Rainwater, Wolfgang Paul, Joseph Plateau, Edward Mills Purcell, and Jim Peebles.

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Among people born in 1911, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 41Before him are Samuel Reshevsky, Jean Harlow, Polykarp Kusch, William Alfred Fowler, Richard Baer, and Vincent Price. After him are Cantinflas, Bernard Katz, Trygve Haavelmo, Henri Troyat, Akira Yoshizawa, and Bernard Herrmann. Among people deceased in 2008, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 32Before him are Jacques Piccard, Mahmoud Darwish, Mel Ferrer, Michael Crichton, Robert Rauschenberg, and Willis Lamb. After him are Masanobu Fukuoka, Ivan Rebroff, Horst Tappert, Aimé Césaire, George Habash, and Giuseppe Di Stefano.

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Among people born in United States, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 946 out of 15,968Before him are Vincent Price (1911), Howard H. Aiken (1900), Kobe Bryant (1978), James B. Sumner (1887), Bob Kane (1915), and Ellen DeGeneres (1958). After him are Jack Kirby (1917), James Cronin (1931), James Rainwater (1917), Harry Markowitz (1927), David Hasselhoff (1952), and Ronald Dworkin (1931).

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Among physicists born in United States, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 37Before him are Sheldon Lee Glashow (1932), John L. Hall (1934), Willis Lamb (1913), Melvin Schwartz (1932), Philip Warren Anderson (1923), and John Vincent Atanasoff (1903). After him are James Cronin (1931), James Rainwater (1917), Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Robert Hofstadter (1915), Frederick Reines (1918), and Arthur Ashkin (1922).