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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. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, a professor of physics at Florida State University and the University of Miami, and a 1933 Nobel Prize recipient. Dirac made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Dirac has received more than 2,390,950 page views. His biography is available in 98 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 96 in 2019). Paul Dirac is the 36th most popular physicist (up from 44th in 2019), the 128th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 144th in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Physicist.

Paul Dirac is most famous for his discovery of the equation that predicted the existence of antimatter.

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Among PHYSICISTS

Among physicists, Paul Dirac ranks 36 out of 717Before him are Ibn al-Haytham, Henry Cavendish, Gustav Kirchhoff, Louis de Broglie, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, and William Gilbert. After him are Léon Foucault, Lise Meitner, Pieter Zeeman, J. J. Thomson, Wolfgang Pauli, and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1902, Paul Dirac ranks 6Before him are Karl Popper, Charles Lindbergh, Ruhollah Khomeini, Erik Erikson, and Carl Rogers. After him are Leni Riefenstahl, Georgy Malenkov, John Steinbeck, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Talcott Parsons, and Halldór Laxness. Among people deceased in 1984, Paul Dirac ranks 6Before him are Michel Foucault, Richard Burton, Yuri Andropov, Indira Gandhi, and François Truffaut. After him are Johnny Weissmuller, Martin Niemöller, Ray Kroc, Mikhail Sholokhov, Truman Capote, and Ed Gein.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Paul Dirac ranks 128 out of 7,765Before him are Mick Jagger (1943), Lady Godiva (990), Blackbeard (1680), Robert the Bruce (1274), William Gilbert (1544), and Cary Grant (1904). After him are Christopher Lee (1922), Joseph Priestley (1733), Michael Caine (1933), Henry Purcell (1659), T. E. Lawrence (1888), and Olav V of Norway (1903).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Paul Dirac ranks 8Before him are Stephen Hawking (1942), Michael Faraday (1791), Robert Hooke (1635), James Prescott Joule (1818), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), and William Gilbert (1544). After him are J. J. Thomson (1856), Thomas Young (1773), James Chadwick (1891), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), Roger Penrose (1931), and William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824).