Maria Goeppert Mayer

1906 - 1972

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Maria Goeppert Mayer (German pronunciation: [maˈʁiːa ˈɡœpɛʁt ˈmaɪ̯ɐ] , née Göppert; June 28, 1906 – February 20, 1972) was a German-born American theoretical physicist, and Nobel laureate in Physics for proposing the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus. She was the second woman to win a Nobel Prize in physics, the first being Marie Curie. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maria Goeppert Mayer has received more than 332,346 page views. Her biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 90 in 2019). Maria Goeppert Mayer is the 61st most popular physicist (up from 63rd in 2019), the 36th most popular biography from Poland (up from 48th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Polish Physicist.

Maria Goeppert Mayer was a German-born American physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963 for proposing the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus.

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Among physicists, Maria Goeppert Mayer ranks 61 out of 851Before her are Gabriel Lippmann, Thomas Young, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Ludwig Boltzmann, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Robert Andrews Millikan. After her are Otto Stern, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, J. Hans D. Jensen, Eugene Wigner, Johannes Stark, and Rudolf Clausius.

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Among people born in 1906, Maria Goeppert Mayer ranks 13Before her are Puyi, Luchino Visconti, Aristotle Onassis, Kurt Gödel, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Albert Hofmann. After her are Victor Vasarely, Josephine Baker, Hassan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb, Sergei Korolev, and Faisal of Saudi Arabia. Among people deceased in 1972, Maria Goeppert Mayer ranks 8Before her are Ip Man, Asta Nielsen, Frederick IX of Denmark, Yasunari Kawabata, Edward VIII, and M. C. Escher. After her are J. Edgar Hoover, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Igor Sikorsky, Ezra Pound, Kwame Nkrumah, and Franz Halder.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Maria Goeppert Mayer ranks 36 out of 1,694Before her are Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846), Zygmunt Bauman (1925), Yitzhak Shamir (1915), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Günther von Kluge (1882), and Andrzej Wajda (1926). After her are Maximilian Kolbe (1894), Kurt Lewin (1890), Christian Wolff (1679), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Irena Sendler (1910), and Otto Stern (1888).

Among PHYSICISTS In Poland

Among physicists born in Poland, Maria Goeppert Mayer ranks 3Before her are Marie Curie (1867), and Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686). After her are Otto Stern (1888), Rudolf Clausius (1822), Albert A. Michelson (1852), Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898), Joseph Rotblat (1908), Klaus von Klitzing (1943), Leopold Infeld (1898), Friedrich Ernst Dorn (1848), and Vladimir Chelomey (1914).