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Leo Szilard

1898 - 1964

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Leo Szilard (; Hungarian: Szilárd Leó, pronounced [ˈsilaːrd ˈlɛoː]; born Leó Spitz; February 11, 1898 – May 30, 1964) was a Hungarian-German-American physicist and inventor. He conceived the nuclear chain reaction in 1933, patented the idea in 1936, and in late 1939 wrote the letter for Albert Einstein's signature that resulted in the Manhattan Project that built the atomic bomb. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leo Szilard has received more than 882,428 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Leo Szilard is the 124th most popular physicist (up from 129th in 2019), the 49th most popular biography from Hungary (up from 56th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Hungarian Physicist.

Leo Szilard is most famous for his work on the Manhattan Project, which led to the creation of the atomic bomb.

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Among physicists, Leo Szilard ranks 124 out of 717Before him are Heinrich Rohrer, François Arago, Walter Houser Brattain, C. F. Powell, Pavel Cherenkov, and Owen Chamberlain. After him are Isidor Isaac Rabi, Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Arno Allan Penzias, Percy Williams Bridgman, Charles Glover Barkla, and Hans Georg Dehmelt.

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Among people born in 1898, Leo Szilard ranks 24Before him are Trofim Lysenko, Alexander Calder, Gunnar Myrdal, Hans Krebs, Rodion Malinovsky, and Henry Moore. After him are Isidor Isaac Rabi, Rudolf Dassler, Karl Hermann Frank, René Clair, Willy Messerschmitt, and Jeanne Hébuterne. Among people deceased in 1964, Leo Szilard ranks 15Before him are Alma Mahler, Gerhard Domagk, Victor Francis Hess, Vasily Grossman, Karl Polanyi, and Frans Eemil Sillanpää. After him are Gerrit Rietveld, Giorgio Morandi, Palmiro Togliatti, Alexandre Koyré, Otto Wille Kuusinen, and Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck.

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In Hungary

Among people born in Hungary, Leo Szilard ranks 49 out of 866Before him are Stephen V of Hungary (1239), Béla III of Hungary (1148), Anne of Bohemia and Hungary (1503), Lajos Kossuth (1802), Coloman, King of Hungary (1070), and Paul Erdős (1913). After him are Emmerich Kálmán (1882), Emeric Thököly (1657), Flórián Albert (1941), Ladislaus IV of Hungary (1262), Karl Mannheim (1893), and George de Hevesy (1885).

Among PHYSICISTS In Hungary

Among physicists born in Hungary, Leo Szilard ranks 4Before him are Eugene Wigner (1902), Dennis Gabor (1900), and Edward Teller (1908). After him are Georg von Békésy (1899), Arpad Elo (1903), Nicholas Kurti (1908), Zoltán Lajos Bay (1900), Valentine Telegdi (1922), and Egon Orowan (1902).