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 110,936 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Owen Willans Richardson is the 80th most popular physicist (up from 85th in 2019), the 278th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 231st in 2019) and the 15th 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 80 out of 721Before him are Peter Higgs, Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, George Gamow, Jean Baptiste Perrin, Victor Francis Hess, and Albert A. Michelson. After him are Lawrence Bragg, Arnold Sommerfeld, William Rowan Hamilton, Edward Teller, C. V. Raman, and Dennis Gabor.

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Among people born in 1879, Owen Willans Richardson ranks 11Before him are Kazimir Malevich, Franz von Papen, Otto Hahn, Emperor Taishō, Emiliano Zapata, and Max von Laue. After him are Alma Mahler, Francis Picabia, Ottorino Respighi, Symon Petliura, Milutin Milanković, and Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Among people deceased in 1959, Owen Willans Richardson ranks 7Before him are Frank Lloyd Wright, Ante Pavelić, George Marshall, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Stepan Bandera, and Raymond Chandler. After him are Gérard Philipe, Errol Flynn, Boris Vian, Camilo Cienfuegos, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Billie Holiday.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Owen Willans Richardson ranks 278 out of 6,924Before him are Gertrude Bell (1868), Margaret Tudor (1489), Benjamin Britten (1913), Arthur Evans (1851), David Suchet (1946), and Ritchie Blackmore (1945). After him are John Galsworthy (1867), Clement Attlee (1883), Gary Oldman (1958), Roger Taylor (1949), Vanessa Redgrave (1937), and John Deacon (1951).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Owen Willans Richardson ranks 15Before him are William Gilbert (1544), James Chadwick (1891), William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (1842), and Peter Higgs (1929). After him are William Henry Bragg (1862), Charles Glover Barkla (1877), C. F. Powell (1903), Henry Moseley (1887), Thomas Young (1773), and George Paget Thomson (1892).