Maurice Wilkins

1916 - 2004

Maurice Wilkins

Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins (15 December 1916 – 5 October 2004) was a New Zealand-born British biophysicist and Nobel laureate whose research spanned multiple areas of physics and biophysics, contributing to the scientific understanding of phosphorescence, isotope separation, optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction, and to the development of radar. He is best known for his work at King's College London on the structure of DNA. Wilkins' work on DNA falls into two distinct phases. The first was in 1948–50, when his initial studies produced the first clear X-ray images of DNA, which he presented at a conference in Naples in 1951 attended by James Watson. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice Wilkins has received more than 494,039 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 153rd most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Maurice Wilkins ranks 152 out of 659Before him are Isidor Isaac Rabi, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Hans Bethe, Javier Solana, Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron, and Auguste Piccard. After him are Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Willis Lamb, Hans Georg Dehmelt, Josiah Willard Gibbs, Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, and Polykarp Kusch.

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Among people born in 1916, Maurice Wilkins ranks 19Before him are Ferruccio Lamborghini, Herbert A. Simon, Yehudi Menuhin, Hans Eysenck, João Havelange, and Sirimavo Bandaranaike. After him are Camilo José Cela, Alexander Prokhorov, Vitaly Ginzburg, Harold Wilson, Jean Dausset, and Robert McNamara. Among people deceased in 2004, Maurice Wilkins ranks 20Before him are Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Janet Leigh, Susan Sontag, Stieg Larsson, and Christopher Reeve. After him are Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, Helmut Newton, Leônidas, Olga Ladyzhenskaya, Ingrid Thulin, and Sune Bergström.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Maurice Wilkins ranks 4 out of 145Before him are Ernest Rutherford (1871), Edmund Hillary (1919), and Russell Crowe (1964). After him are Bruce McLaren (1937), Peter Jackson (1961), Katherine Mansfield (1888), Denny Hulme (1936), Alan MacDiarmid (1927), Kiri Te Kanawa (1944), Burt Munro (1899), and Martin Campbell (1943).

Among PHYSICISTS In New Zealand

Among physicists born in New Zealand, Maurice Wilkins ranks 2Before him are Ernest Rutherford (1871).