Margaret Burbidge

1919 - 2020

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Eleanor Margaret Burbidge, FRS (née Peachey; 12 August 1919 – 5 April 2020) was a British-American observational astronomer and astrophysicist. In the 1950s, she was one of the founders of stellar nucleosynthesis and was first author of the influential B2FH paper. During the 1960s and 70s she worked on galaxy rotation curves and quasars, discovering the most distant astronomical object then known. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Margaret Burbidge has received more than 119,154 page views. Her biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Margaret Burbidge is the 109th most popular astronomer (up from 166th in 2019), the 1,018th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,463rd in 2019) and the 16th most popular British Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Margaret Burbidge ranks 109 out of 532. Before her are Annibale de Gasparis, Taqi ad-Din Muhammad ibn Ma'ruf, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, William Huggins, Arthur B. McDonald, and Karl Ludwig Hencke. After her are Antonie Pannekoek, Edward Charles Pickering, John Russell Hind, Annie Jump Cannon, Frank Drake, and Jean Picard.

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Among people born in 1919, Margaret Burbidge ranks 52Before her are Georges Duby, Art Blakey, Martin Balsam, Liberace, Lauri Törni, and Merce Cunningham. After her are Hermine Braunsteiner, Bob Paisley, Valentino Mazzola, Gillo Pontecorvo, César Manrique, and Ashraf Pahlavi. Among people deceased in 2020, Margaret Burbidge ranks 93Before her are David Prowse, Linda Cristal, Lee Konitz, Shirley Knight, Ben Cross, and Fred Willard. After her are Abdul Halim Khaddam, Bobby Morrow, Mory Kanté, Adolfo Nicolás, Pentti Linkola, and McCoy Tyner.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Margaret Burbidge ranks 1,018 out of 6,924. Before her are Kristin Scott Thomas (1960), John William Polidori (1795), Michael Palin (1943), Hugh Griffith (1912), Margaret Rutherford (1892), and Mike Hailwood (1940). After her are William Bligh (1754), Dave Gahan (1962), Anna Atkins (1799), A. J. Ayer (1910), George Vancouver (1757), and Clive Owen (1964).

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Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Margaret Burbidge ranks 16Before her are Stephen Gray (1666), John Flamsteed (1646), George Darwin (1845), Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900), George Biddell Airy (1801), and William Huggins (1824). After her are John Russell Hind (1823), Adelard of Bath (1075), William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (1800), N. R. Pogson (1829), Nevil Maskelyne (1732), and John Bevis (1695).