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Paul Dirac

1902 - 1984

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Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (; 8 August 1902 – 20 October 1984) was an English theoretical physicist who is regarded as one of the most significant physicists of the 20th century.Dirac made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. Among other discoveries, he formulated the Dirac equation which describes the behaviour of fermions and predicted the existence of antimatter. Dirac shared the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics with Erwin Schrödinger "for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Dirac has received more than 1,718,769 page views. His biography is available in 96 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 94 in 2019). Paul Dirac is the 44th most popular physicist (down from 32nd in 2019), the 145th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 103rd in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Physicist.

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Among PHYSICISTS

Among physicists, Paul Dirac ranks 44 out of 721. Before him are Andrei Sakharov, Lise Meitner, Pieter Zeeman, Léon Foucault, Philipp Lenard, and Ludwig Boltzmann. After him are Hermann von Helmholtz, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Christian Doppler, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, William Gilbert, and Georges Lemaître.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1902, Paul Dirac ranks 10Before him are Erik Erikson, John Steinbeck, Carl Rogers, Leni Riefenstahl, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Ray Kroc. After him are Talcott Parsons, Halldór Laxness, Fernand Braudel, Georgy Malenkov, Nâzım Hikmet, and Saud of Saudi Arabia. Among people deceased in 1984, Paul Dirac ranks 7Before him are Michel Foucault, Richard Burton, Yuri Andropov, Indira Gandhi, Ray Kroc, and François Truffaut. After him are Johnny Weissmuller, Ed Gein, Truman Capote, Martin Niemöller, Mikhail Sholokhov, and Marvin Gaye.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Paul Dirac ranks 145 out of 6,924. Before him are Judi Dench (1934), Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom (1857), Brian May (1947), Henry IV of England (1367), John Wycliffe (1324), and Bernard Montgomery (1887). After him are Victoria, Princess Royal (1840), Edward the Elder (871), Anthony Eden (1897), Roald Dahl (1916), Duns Scotus (1265), and Robert the Bruce (1274).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Paul Dirac ranks 8Before him are Stephen Hawking (1942), Michael Faraday (1791), James Prescott Joule (1818), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), Robert Hooke (1635), and J. J. Thomson (1856). After 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).