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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 994,365 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). John Archibald Wheeler is the 190th most popular physicist (up from 204th in 2019), the 862nd most popular biography from United States (up from 945th in 2019) and the 35th 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 190 out of 717Before him are Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Richard E. Taylor, Giorgio Parisi, Gerd Binnig, Yang Chen-Ning, and Satyendra Nath Bose. After him are John L. Hall, Wolfgang Paul, Frederick Reines, Ilya Frank, Isamu Akasaki, and Willis Lamb.

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Among people born in 1911, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 35Before him are Max Frisch, Samuel Reshevsky, L. Ron Hubbard, Ginger Rogers, William Howard Stein, and Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark. After him are Jean Harlow, Sergey Sokolov, Milovan Đilas, Herta Oberheuser, Richard Baer, and Trygve Haavelmo. Among people deceased in 2008, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 28Before him are Michael Crichton, Heath Ledger, Jules Dassin, Roy Scheider, Jacques Piccard, and Mahmoud Darwish. After him are Edward Norton Lorenz, Willis Lamb, Lansana Conté, Mel Ferrer, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow, and Thomas Huckle Weller.

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Among people born in United States, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 862 out of 18,182Before him are Bill Bixby (1934), John J. Pershing (1860), Lynn Margulis (1938), Jason Robards (1922), Kris Kristofferson (1936), and John Lithgow (1945). After him are Robert Venturi (1925), James Woods (1947), Linda Hamilton (1956), Linda Hunt (1945), Karl Malden (1912), and Irwin Rose (1926).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, John Archibald Wheeler ranks 35Before him are Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Arthur Ashkin (1922), James Cronin (1931), Charles H. Townes (1915), Robert Hofstadter (1915), and Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. (1915). After him are John L. Hall (1934), Frederick Reines (1918), Willis Lamb (1913), Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921), David Lee (1931), and Roy J. Glauber (1925).