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Pierre-Gilles de Gennes

1932 - 2007

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Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (French: [ʒɛn]; 24 October 1932 – 18 May 2007) was a French physicist and the Nobel Prize laureate in physics in 1991. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre-Gilles de Gennes has received more than 189,526 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Pierre-Gilles de Gennes is the 244th most popular physicist (down from 241st in 2019), the 1,158th most popular biography from France (down from 1,126th in 2019) and the 24th most popular French Physicist.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes was a French physicist who was most famous for his work in the field of surface physics. He is credited with the discovery of the laws of friction and the invention of the atomic force microscope.

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Among physicists, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes ranks 244 out of 717Before him are Ettore Majorana, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Johannes Rydberg, David Bohm, Klaus Hasselmann, and Julian Schwinger. After him are Gustaf Dalén, Georg Bednorz, John B. Goodenough, David J. Wineland, Theodor W. Hänsch, and Yoichiro Nambu.

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Among people born in 1932, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes ranks 68Before him are Nagisa Oshima, Peter Eisenman, Pier Angeli, Sheldon Lee Glashow, David Scott, and Sonny Liston. After him are Thomas Klestil, Petula Clark, Walter Gilbert, Rainer Weiss, Naina Yeltsina, and Fernando Arrabal. Among people deceased in 2007, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes ranks 35Before him are Abdul Rahman Arif, Paul Lauterbur, Stanley Miller, Lois Maxwell, Marcheline Bertrand, and Henri Troyat. After him are Vladimir Kryuchkov, Arthur Kornberg, Paul Watzlawick, Jane Wyman, Robert Jordan, and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker.

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In France

Among people born in France, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes ranks 1,158 out of 6,011Before him are Gérard Debreu (1921), Antoine, Duke of Montpensier (1824), Mylène Demongeot (1935), Jean de Béthencourt (1362), André-Hercule de Fleury (1653), and Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse (1197). After him are Gabriel Lamé (1795), Élisée Reclus (1830), Victoire of France (1733), Alice Guy-Blaché (1873), Pepin II of Aquitaine (823), and Jacques I, Prince of Monaco (1689).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes ranks 24Before him are Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774), Jacques Charles (1763), Hans Bethe (1906), Edme Mariotte (1620), Louis Néel (1904), and Claude-Louis Navier (1785). After him are Gérard Mourou (1944), Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier (1754), Antoine César Becquerel (1788), Paul-Jacques Curie (1855), Pierre Louis Dulong (1785), and Hélène Langevin-Joliot (1927).