Patrick Blackett

1897 - 1974

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Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, Baron Blackett, (18 November 1897 – 13 July 1974), was a British experimental physicist known for his work on cloud chambers, cosmic rays, and paleomagnetism, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1948. In 1925 he became the first person to prove that radioactivity could cause the nuclear transmutation of one chemical element to another. He also made a major contribution in World War II advising on military strategy and developing operational research. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Patrick Blackett has received more than 722,927 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Patrick Blackett is the 243rd most popular physicist (up from 269th in 2019), the 659th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 894th in 2019) and the 26th most popular British Physicist.

Patrick Blackett was a British physicist who is most famous for his work in the field of quantum mechanics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1948.

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Among physicists, Patrick Blackett ranks 243 out of 851Before him are Leon M. Lederman, Henry Way Kendall, John Kendrew, Valentin Ceaușescu, Bertram Brockhouse, and Alexey Ekimov. After him are Klaus Hasselmann, John Archibald Wheeler, Jim Peebles, Gérard Mourou, Georg Bednorz, and Georg von Békésy.

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Among people born in 1897, Patrick Blackett ranks 39Before him are Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, Hasso von Manteuffel, Plaek Phibunsongkhram, Georg Wittig, Karl-Otto Koch, and Ronald George Wreyford Norrish. After him are Kirill Meretskov, Vlado Chernozemski, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Joseph Berchtold, John Franklin Enders, and Leonid Govorov. Among people deceased in 1974, Patrick Blackett ranks 30Before him are Satyendra Nath Bose, Peng Dehuai, Otto Strasser, Lewis Strauss, Louis Kahn, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. After him are Fritz Zwicky, Walter Lippmann, Cass Elliot, Nikolai Kuznetsov, Vannevar Bush, and Marcel Pagnol.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Patrick Blackett ranks 659 out of 8,785Before him are Richard Arkwright (1732), Frederick Forsyth (1938), Wilkie Collins (1824), Ian Paice (1948), Aubrey Beardsley (1872), and Prince George, Duke of Kent (1902). After him are Bernard Lewis (1916), Philip Pullman (1946), Desmond Llewelyn (1914), Karl Pearson (1857), Sean Bean (1959), and John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer (1924).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Patrick Blackett ranks 26Before him are Roger Penrose (1931), William Henry Bragg (1862), Henry Moseley (1887), David J. Thouless (1934), William Shockley (1910), and John Kendrew (1917). After him are Brian Josephson (1940), Charles Wheatstone (1802), David Brewster (1781), John Cockcroft (1897), Daniel Rutherford (1749), and Andrew Huxley (1917).