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, 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 163,289 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Lyman Spitzer is the 392nd most popular physicist (up from 403rd in 2019), the 2,803rd most popular biography from United States (down from 2,665th in 2019) and the 79th most popular American Physicist.

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Among physicists, Lyman Spitzer ranks 392 out of 721Before him are Robert J. Van de Graaff, Heinrich Barkhausen, Robert B. Laughlin, Victor Weisskopf, Hendrik Casimir, and Gaspard de Prony. After him are Christian Bohr, Jean Léonard Marie Poiseuille, Ányos Jedlik, Emil Wiechert, Vladimir Fock, and Giovanni Aldini.

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Among people born in 1914, Lyman Spitzer ranks 115Before him are Edmund Conen, Arthur Kennedy, Infante Gonzalo of Spain, Hans Wegner, Akira Matsunaga, and Annie Fischer. After him are Princess Maria Francesca of Savoy, Noor Inayat Khan, Juan Carlos Onganía, Brunó Ferenc Straub, Luis Mariano, and Yahya Khan. Among people deceased in 1997, Lyman Spitzer ranks 93Before him are Andrew Cunanan, Héctor Yazalde, Allan Edwall, Uzi Narkiss, Félix Candela, and Eugene Merle Shoemaker. After him are Jean Françaix, Stanley Schachter, Kunihiko Kodaira, Andrei Sinyavsky, Eugene Stoner, and Peng Zhen.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lyman Spitzer ranks 2,803 out of 15,968Before him are Robert Sean Leonard (1969), Baby Face Nelson (1908), Derrick Rose (1988), Mangas Coloradas (1792), George William Hill (1838), and Mary Wickes (1910). After him are Cameron Mitchell (1918), Michael Jai White (1967), Martha Chase (1927), Ned Beatty (1937), Susannah Mushatt Jones (1899), and Dick Wolf (1946).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Lyman Spitzer ranks 79Before him are Leonard Susskind (1940), Ralph Asher Alpher (1921), Carl Wieman (1951), Nick Holonyak (1928), Robert J. Van de Graaff (1901), and Robert B. Laughlin (1950). After him are Edwin H. Land (1909), Chester Carlson (1906), Douglas Hofstadter (1945), Frank Wilczek (1951), Alan Guth (1947), and Gene Amdahl (1922).