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 1,663,991 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Kip Thorne is the 114th most popular physicist (up from 163rd in 2019), the 506th most popular biography from United States (up from 576th in 2019) and the 11th 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 114 out of 721Before him are Ernest Lawrence, Augustin-Jean Fresnel, François Arago, John Bardeen, Arno Allan Penzias, and Igor Tamm. After him are Auguste Piccard, Felix Bloch, Henry Moseley, Simon van der Meer, Karl Schwarzschild, and Thomas Young.

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Among people born in 1940, Kip Thorne ranks 36Before him are Terry Gilliam, Joseph Brodsky, Abbas Kiarostami, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Julie Christie, and Giorgio Moroder. After him are Stuart Sutcliffe, George A. Romero, Tabaré Vázquez, Nancy Pelosi, Dario Argento, and Nancy Sinatra.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Kip Thorne ranks 506 out of 15,968Before him are Demi Moore (1962), 50 Cent (1975), Whoopi Goldberg (1955), Rutherford B. Hayes (1822), Washington Irving (1783), and Bill Murray (1950). After him are George Peppard (1928), Michelle Pfeiffer (1958), Terrence Malick (1943), Jack Kilby (1923), Robert A. Heinlein (1907), and Kris Jenner (1955).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Kip Thorne ranks 11Before him are Carl David Anderson (1905), Barry Barish (1936), Joseph Henry (1797), Clinton Davisson (1881), Ernest Lawrence (1901), and John Bardeen (1908). After him are Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), Owen Chamberlain (1920), Benjamin Thompson (1753), Murray Gell-Mann (1929), and Hugh Everett III (1930).