Kip Thorne

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Kip Thorne

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 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 1,378,201 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 164th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Kip Thorne ranks 163 out of 659Before him are Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Polykarp Kusch, Benjamin Thompson, Leo Szilard, Ilya Frank, and Pyotr Kapitsa. After him are Martin Lewis Perl, Alexander Prokhorov, Rudolf Mössbauer, Steven Weinberg, James Cronin, and Heinrich Rohrer.

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Among people born in 1940, Kip Thorne ranks 39Before him are Zodiac Killer, James Caan, George A. Romero, Stuart Sutcliffe, Patrick Stewart, and Dario Argento. After him are Burhanuddin Rabbani, Julie Christie, Anna Karina, H. R. Giger, Thomas Harris, and Astrud Gilberto.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Kip Thorne ranks 576 out of 12,171Before him are Romina Power (1951), Ambrose Bierce (1842), Larry Hagman (1931), Paul Morphy (1837), Gary Becker (1930), and Paul Simon (1941). After him are Steven Tyler (1948), Harper Lee (1926), Rachel Carson (1907), Demi Moore (1962), Harry Belafonte (1927), and Ellen Burstyn (1932).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Kip Thorne ranks 21Before him are Joseph Henry (1797), Donald A. Glaser (1926), Leon Cooper (1930), Willis Lamb (1913), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), and Benjamin Thompson (1753). After him are Martin Lewis Perl (1927), Steven Weinberg (1933), James Cronin (1931), George E. Smith (1930), Jerome Isaac Friedman (1930), and Melvin Schwartz (1932).