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Kip Thorne

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Kip Stephen Thorne (born June 1, 1940) is an American theoretical physicist known for his contributions in gravitational physics and astrophysics. A longtime friend and colleague of Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, he was the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) until 2009 and is one of the world's leading experts on the astrophysical implications of Einstein's general theory of relativity. He continues to do scientific research and scientific consulting, most notably for the Christopher Nolan film Interstellar. Thorne was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Rainer Weiss and Barry C. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kip Thorne has received more than 1,901,674 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Kip Thorne is the 104th most popular physicist (up from 114th in 2019), the 430th most popular biography from United States (up from 506th in 2019) and the 10th most popular American Physicist.

Kip Thorne is most famous for his work in general relativity, black holes, and gravitational waves.

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Among physicists, Kip Thorne ranks 104 out of 717Before him are Walther Bothe, C. V. Raman, Joseph Henry, Hippolyte Fizeau, Alfred Kastler, and Joseph von Fraunhofer. After him are Henry Moseley, George Gamow, Javier Solana, Victor Francis Hess, Augustin-Jean Fresnel, and J. Hans D. Jensen.

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Among people born in 1940, Kip Thorne ranks 33Before him are Abbas Kiarostami, Brian De Palma, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Patrick Stewart, Michel Temer, and John Hurt. After him are Joseph Brodsky, Terry Gilliam, Anna Karina, Marie, Princess of Liechtenstein, Peter Fonda, and Dario Argento.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Kip Thorne ranks 430 out of 18,182Before him are Albert Fish (1870), William G. Morgan (1870), Caitlyn Jenner (1949), Mike Tyson (1966), Frank Abagnale (1948), and Willem Dafoe (1955). After him are Joe Frazier (1944), Jessica Lange (1949), Viggo Mortensen (1958), Katherine Johnson (1918), Kim Basinger (1953), and Robert Zemeckis (1952).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Kip Thorne ranks 10Before him are Carl David Anderson (1905), Barry Barish (1936), Clinton Davisson (1881), John Bardeen (1908), Arthur Compton (1892), and Joseph Henry (1797). After him are Owen Chamberlain (1920), Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921), Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), Ernest Lawrence (1901), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), and Robert Coleman Richardson (1937).