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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 160,074 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Pierre-Gilles de Gennes is the 241st most popular physicist (down from 219th in 2019), the 1,129th most popular biography from France (down from 854th in 2019) and the 25th 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

Among physicists, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes ranks 241 out of 721Before him are Max Delbrück, Anthony James Leggett, Daniel Rutherford, Antoine César Becquerel, David Lee, and Martinus J. G. Veltman. After him are Nevill Francis Mott, Julian Schwinger, Leo Esaki, Fritjof Capra, Patrick Blackett, and Klaus Fuchs.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1932, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes ranks 64Before him are Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner, Anatoliy Solovianenko, Peter Eisenman, Robert Mundell, Khaled al-Asaad, and Nagisa Oshima. After him are David Scott, Sonny Liston, Hiroaki Sato, Algirdas Brazauskas, Lalo Schifrin, and Rainer Weiss. Among people deceased in 2007, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes ranks 33Before him are Kai Siegbahn, Lois Maxwell, Henri Troyat, Paul Watzlawick, Ian Smith, and Vladimir Kryuchkov. After him are Stanley Miller, Paul Lauterbur, Barry Nelson, Ike Turner, Jaan Kross, and Abdul Rahman Arif.

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In France

Among people born in France, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes ranks 1,129 out of 5,234Before him are Antoine César Becquerel (1788), Emma Watson (1990), Charles-Marie Widor (1844), Georges Gilles de la Tourette (1857), Sophie of France (1734), and Georges Auric (1899). After him are Jean-Pierre Jeunet (1953), Paulinus of Nola (354), Ambroise Thomas (1811), Lúcio Costa (1902), Marcel Pagnol (1895), and Clément Janequin (1485).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes ranks 25Before him are Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron (1799), Jacques Charles (1763), Louis Néel (1904), Claude-Louis Navier (1785), Edmond Becquerel (1820), and Antoine César Becquerel (1788). After him are Edme Mariotte (1620), Pierre Louis Dulong (1785), Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier (1754), Gérard Mourou (1944), Jean-Charles de Borda (1733), and Félix Savart (1791).