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Lyman Spitzer

1914 - 1997

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Lyman Spitzer Jr. (June 26, 1914 – March 31, 1997) was an American theoretical physicist, astronomer and mountaineer. As a scientist, he carried out research into star formation and plasma physics and in 1946 conceived the idea of telescopes operating in outer space. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lyman Spitzer has received more than 208,197 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Lyman Spitzer is the 447th most popular physicist (down from 381st in 2019), the 3,150th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,585th in 2019) and the 94th most popular American Physicist.

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Among physicists, Lyman Spitzer ranks 447 out of 851Before him are Walther Meissner, Katharine Burr Blodgett, Richard C. Tolman, Gabriele Veneziano, Meghnad Saha, and Johannes Franz Hartmann. After him are Hagen Kleinert, Louis Harold Gray, Louis-François-Clement Breguet, Boris Podolsky, Erich Hückel, and Alan Guth.

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Among people born in 1914, Lyman Spitzer ranks 122Before him are Domènec Balmanya, George Volkoff, Noor Inayat Khan, Yahya Khan, Taisen Deshimaru, and Sun Ra. After him are Koichi Oita, Brunó Ferenc Straub, Paul Tortelier, Georgy Babakin, Infante Gonzalo of Spain, and Saul Steinberg. Among people deceased in 1997, Lyman Spitzer ranks 108Before him are Hans Robert Jauss, Jean Françaix, Jean-Dominique Bauby, Laurean Rugambwa, Edward Mulhare, and Anatoliy Banishevskiy. After him are Peng Zhen, Walter Gotell, Anatoli Boukreev, Amha Selassie, Ho Feng-Shan, and Saw Maung.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lyman Spitzer ranks 3,150 out of 20,380Before him are Fred Rogers (1928), J. Presper Eckert (1919), Dabbs Greer (1917), Lindsey Buckingham (1949), John Cocke (1925), and Paul Robeson (1898). After him are Bill Gates Sr. (1925), Kathleen Kennedy (1953), Alfred P. Sloan (1875), Leon Panetta (1938), Jesse Jackson (1941), and Dermot Mulroney (1963).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Lyman Spitzer ranks 94Before him are Philip Morrison (1915), Douglas Hofstadter (1945), Mildred Dresselhaus (1930), Robert W. Wood (1868), Katharine Burr Blodgett (1898), and Richard C. Tolman (1881). After him are Alan Guth (1947), Clarence Zener (1905), Maurice Karnaugh (1924), Gordon Gould (1920), Ira Sprague Bowen (1898), and Edwin H. Land (1909).