Owen Willans Richardson

1879 - 1959

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Sir Owen Willans Richardson, FRS (26 April 1879 – 15 February 1959) was a British physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1928 for his work on thermionic emission, which led to Richardson's law. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Owen Willans Richardson has received more than 151,508 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Owen Willans Richardson is the 99th most popular physicist (down from 78th in 2019), the 262nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 258th in 2019) and the 17th most popular British Physicist.

Owen Willans Richardson was a British physicist who was most famous for his work on thermionic emission.

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Among physicists, Owen Willans Richardson ranks 99 out of 851Before him are Peter Higgs, Emil Lenz, Gustaf Dalén, Aage Bohr, William Rowan Hamilton, and George Gamow. After him are Edward Victor Appleton, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Dennis Gabor, François Arago, Willis Lamb, and Owen Chamberlain.

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Among people born in 1879, Owen Willans Richardson ranks 13Before him are Max von Laue, Otto Hahn, Franz von Papen, Francis Picabia, Emiliano Zapata, and Alma Mahler. After him are Symon Petliura, Milutin Milanković, Hans Luther, Rudolf von Laban, Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Ottorino Respighi. Among people deceased in 1959, Owen Willans Richardson ranks 7Before him are Stepan Bandera, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ante Pavelić, Gérard Philipe, George Marshall, and Charles Thomson Rees Wilson. After him are Raymond Chandler, Billie Holiday, Adolf Windaus, Boris Vian, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Shirō Ishii.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Owen Willans Richardson ranks 262 out of 8,785Before him are Peter Ustinov (1921), Gary Oldman (1958), Æthelred I, King of Wessex (837), Olivia Newton-John (1948), Richard Trevithick (1771), and Alec Guinness (1914). After him are Graham Chapman (1941), Anthony Giddens (1938), James George Frazer (1854), Ælfweard of Wessex (904), Princess Margaret of Connaught (1882), and Liz Truss (1975).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Owen Willans Richardson ranks 17Before him are Thomas Young (1773), James Chadwick (1891), C. F. Powell (1903), Charles Glover Barkla (1877), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), and Peter Higgs (1929). After him are Edward Victor Appleton (1892), John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (1842), Roger Penrose (1931), William Henry Bragg (1862), Henry Moseley (1887), and David J. Thouless (1934).