Philip Abelson

1913 - 2004

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Philip Hauge Abelson (April 27, 1913 – August 1, 2004) was an American physicist, scientific editor and science writer. Trained as a nuclear physicist, he co-discovered the element neptunium, worked on isotope separation in the Manhattan Project, and wrote the first study of nuclear marine propulsion for submarines. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philip Abelson has received more than 112,288 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Philip Abelson is the 338th most popular physicist (up from 386th in 2019), the 1,811th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,663rd in 2019) and the 71st most popular American Physicist.

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Among physicists, Philip Abelson ranks 338 out of 851Before him are Ami Argand, Donna Strickland, Otto Schmidt, Frank Wilczek, Ferenc Krausz, and Frank Oppenheimer. After him are John Stewart Bell, John Theophilus Desaguliers, Shuji Nakamura, Hans Kramers, Jean Charles Athanase Peltier, and Jean-Charles de Borda.

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Among people born in 1913, Philip Abelson ranks 78Before him are Benjamin Bloom, Yasuo Suzuki, Mark Felt, Paul Grice, Lloyd Bridges, and Wolfgang Lüth. After him are Johannes Steinhoff, Loretta Young, Marika Rökk, Stanley Kramer, Shih Kien, and 'Abd al-Ilah. Among people deceased in 2004, Philip Abelson ranks 60Before him are José López Portillo y Pacheco, Sacha Distel, Carlos Lacoste, Nikolai Chernykh, Matthäus Hetzenauer, and John Pople. After him are Saizo Saito, Johnny Ramone, John Charles, Roque Máspoli, Marika Rökk, and Richard Avedon.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Philip Abelson ranks 1,811 out of 20,380Before him are Thomas Midgley Jr. (1889), Zack Snyder (1966), Christopher A. Sims (1942), Sonny Rollins (1930), Al Lettieri (1928), and Paul Wolfowitz (1943). After him are Charles Duke (1935), Paul L. Smith (1936), Cole Porter (1891), Floyd Patterson (1935), Bob Fosse (1927), and Robert C. Merton (1944).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Philip Abelson ranks 71Before him are John C. Mather (1946), Kenneth G. Wilson (1936), Samuel C. C. Ting (1936), Luis Walter Alvarez (1911), Frank Wilczek (1951), and Frank Oppenheimer (1912). After him are Walter A. Shewhart (1891), Carl Wieman (1951), John Mauchly (1907), Nathan Rosen (1909), Ralph Asher Alpher (1921), and Robert Brout (1928).