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Luis Walter Alvarez

1911 - 1988

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Luis Walter Alvarez (June 13, 1911 – September 1, 1988) was an American experimental physicist, inventor, and professor who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1968 for development of the hydrogen bubble chamber enabling discovery of resonance states in particle physics. The American Journal of Physics commented, "Luis Alvarez was one of the most brilliant and productive experimental physicists of the twentieth century."After receiving his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1936, Alvarez went to work for Ernest Lawrence at the Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Alvarez devised a set of experiments to observe K-electron capture in radioactive nuclei, predicted by the beta decay theory but never before observed. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Luis Walter Alvarez has received more than 658,485 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Luis Walter Alvarez is the 316th most popular physicist (down from 315th in 2019), the 1,866th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,693rd in 2019) and the 62nd most popular American Physicist.

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Among PHYSICISTS

Among physicists, Luis Walter Alvarez ranks 316 out of 721Before him are Bruno Pontecorvo, John Stewart Bell, Otto Schmidt, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Paul-Jacques Curie, and James Jeans. After him are Charles Fabry, Moritz von Jacobi, Pascual Jordan, Gerard 't Hooft, Christoph Scheiner, and Heinrich Geißler.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1911, Luis Walter Alvarez ranks 74Before him are Jussi Björling, Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza, Qian Xuesen, David Seymour, Clara Rockmore, and Lee J. Cobb. After him are Alfonso García Robles, Elizabeth Bishop, Ishirō Honda, Mahalia Jackson, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, and Hubert Humphrey. Among people deceased in 1988, Luis Walter Alvarez ranks 48Before him are Yevgeny Mravinsky, Ana Aslan, Karl August Wittfogel, Isamu Noguchi, John Carradine, and René Char. After him are Antonín Puč, Giuseppe Saragat, Heo Jeong, Dino Grandi, Sergey Gorshkov, and Carmen Polo, 1st Lady of Meirás.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Luis Walter Alvarez ranks 1,866 out of 15,968Before him are Viola Davis (1965), Marilyn vos Savant (1946), Clair Cameron Patterson (1922), Edward B. Lewis (1918), Richard Rodgers (1902), and Beyoncé (1981). After him are Selena (1971), Annie Leibovitz (1949), Edward C. Prescott (1940), Natalie Clifford Barney (1876), Paul L. Modrich (1946), and Kirstie Alley (1951).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Luis Walter Alvarez ranks 62Before him are George Smoot (1945), Samuel C. C. Ting (1936), Kenneth G. Wilson (1936), Karl Guthe Jansky (1905), John Robert Schrieffer (1931), and John Mauchly (1907). After him are David J. Wineland (1944), William Daniel Phillips (1948), David Gross (1941), John C. Mather (1946), Walter A. Shewhart (1891), and Douglas Osheroff (1945).