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Norman Foster Ramsey Jr.

1915 - 2011

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Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. (August 27, 1915 – November 4, 2011) was an American physicist who was awarded the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physics, for the invention of the separated oscillatory field method (see Ramsey Interferometry) which had important applications in the construction of atomic clocks. A physics professor at Harvard University for most of his career, Ramsey also held several posts with such government and international agencies as NATO and the United States Atomic Energy Commission. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. has received more than 114,774 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. is the 183rd most popular physicist (up from 225th in 2019), the 848th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,019th in 2019) and the 34th most popular American Physicist.

Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. is most famous for being the youngest person to receive a Nobel Prize in any field. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988 at the age of 31 for his work in quantum physics.

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Among physicists, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. ranks 183 out of 717Before him are Charles H. Townes, Emilio Segrè, Edme Mariotte, Robert Hofstadter, Klaus von Klitzing, and Louis Néel. After him are Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Richard E. Taylor, Giorgio Parisi, Gerd Binnig, Yang Chen-Ning, and Satyendra Nath Bose.

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Among people born in 1915, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. ranks 29Before him are Fred Hoyle, Hu Yaobang, Les Paul, Curd Jürgens, Charles H. Townes, and Robert Hofstadter. After him are Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Shoichi Yokoi, Robert A. Dahl, Thomas Huckle Weller, Clifford Shull, and Brother Roger. Among people deceased in 2011, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. ranks 28Before him are Rudolf Mössbauer, Dennis Ritchie, Willard Boyle, Sidney Lumet, John Barry, and Necmettin Erbakan. After him are Christa Wolf, Lynn Margulis, Manfred Gerlach, Diana Wynne Jones, Herbert A. Hauptman, and Simon van der Meer.

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Among people born in United States, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. ranks 848 out of 18,182Before him are Larry Hagman (1931), George Minot (1885), Mickey Rooney (1920), Lillian Gish (1893), Ritchie Valens (1941), and Jayne Mansfield (1933). After him are Britney Spears (1981), Mary Higgins Clark (1927), James Hetfield (1963), John Lee Hooker (1917), Paul Allen (1953), and Samuel Barber (1910).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. ranks 34Before him are Robert H. Goddard (1882), Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Arthur Ashkin (1922), James Cronin (1931), Charles H. Townes (1915), and Robert Hofstadter (1915). After him are John Archibald Wheeler (1911), John L. Hall (1934), Frederick Reines (1918), Willis Lamb (1913), Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921), and David Lee (1931).