Kenneth G. Wilson

1936 - 2013

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Kenneth Geddes "Ken" Wilson (June 8, 1936 – June 15, 2013) was an American theoretical physicist and a pioneer in leveraging computers for studying particle physics. He was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on phase transitions—illuminating the subtle essence of phenomena like melting ice and emerging magnetism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kenneth G. Wilson has received more than 302,236 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Kenneth G. Wilson is the 321st most popular physicist (down from 305th in 2019), the 1,622nd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,674th in 2019) and the 66th most popular American Physicist.

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Among physicists, Kenneth G. Wilson ranks 321 out of 851Before him are Ludwig Prandtl, Fritjof Capra, Robert B. Laughlin, Ernst Chladni, William Whewell, and John C. Mather. After him are Henri Pitot, Samuel C. C. Ting, Thomas Johann Seebeck, Bruno Pontecorvo, John B. Goodenough, and Luis Walter Alvarez.

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Among people born in 1936, Kenneth G. Wilson ranks 84Before him are Margaret Hamilton, Ljubiša Samardžić, Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Jacques Charrier, Anna German, and Jill Ireland. After him are Christine Nöstlinger, Petar Mladenov, Omar Suleiman, Eric Walter Elst, Samuel C. C. Ting, and Leonel Sánchez. Among people deceased in 2013, Kenneth G. Wilson ranks 67Before him are Henri Dutilleux, Antoni Ramallets, J. J. Cale, Sara Montiel, Pedro Rocha, and Joe Weider. After him are Patrice Chéreau, David H. Hubel, Roger Ebert, Conrad Bain, Wojciech Kilar, and Damiano Damiani.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Kenneth G. Wilson ranks 1,622 out of 20,380Before him are Edward James Olmos (1947), Karen Allen (1951), Frederick Herzberg (1923), Billy Milligan (1955), John C. Mather (1946), and Emmett Till (1941). After him are Kirk Hammett (1962), Mariah Carey (1969), Helen Hayes (1900), Richard Smalley (1943), John Sturges (1910), and George C. Scott (1927).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Kenneth G. Wilson ranks 66Before him are George Smoot (1945), William Daniel Phillips (1948), David Gross (1941), John Robert Schrieffer (1931), Robert B. Laughlin (1950), and John C. Mather (1946). After him are Samuel C. C. Ting (1936), Luis Walter Alvarez (1911), Frank Wilczek (1951), Frank Oppenheimer (1912), Philip Abelson (1913), and Walter A. Shewhart (1891).