Reinhard Genzel

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Reinhard Genzel (German pronunciation: [ˈʁaɪnhaʁt ˈɡɛntsl̩] ; born 24 March 1952) is a German astrophysicist, co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, a professor at LMU and an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy", which he shared with Andrea Ghez and Roger Penrose. In a 2021 interview given to Federal University of Pará in Brazil, Genzel recalls his journey as a physicist; the influence of his father, Ludwig Genzel; his experiences working with Charles H. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Reinhard Genzel has received more than 284,934 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Reinhard Genzel is the 100th most popular astronomer (up from 103rd in 2019), the 1,205th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,305th in 2019) and the 20th most popular German Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Reinhard Genzel ranks 100 out of 644Before him are Johann Adam Schall von Bell, Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth, Johann Elert Bode, Wilhelm Tempel, Cornelis Johannes van Houten, and Taqi ad-Din Muhammad ibn Ma'ruf. After him are Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters, Adelard of Bath, Annie Jump Cannon, Angelo Secchi, and Jean Picard.

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Among people born in 1952, Reinhard Genzel ranks 65Before him are Uli Hoeneß, Maria Schneider, George Strait, Raymond Domenech, Bert van Marwijk, and Imran Khan. After him are Osvaldo Ardiles, Irina Bokova, Arkan, Paul Stanley, Alain Giresse, and Gus Van Sant.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Reinhard Genzel ranks 1,205 out of 7,253Before him are George, Duke of Saxony (1471), Helmut Haller (1939), Radegund (518), Barbara Blomberg (1527), Margot Honecker (1927), and Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber (1739). After him are Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate, Electress of Brandenburg (1597), Douglas Sirk (1897), Theodor Storm (1817), Wilhelm Stuckart (1902), Hartmut Michel (1948), and Karl Richard Lepsius (1810).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Germany

Among astronomers born in Germany, Reinhard Genzel ranks 20Before him are David Fabricius (1564), Petrus Apianus (1495), Johann Adam Schall von Bell (1591), Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth (1892), Johann Elert Bode (1747), and Wilhelm Tempel (1821). After him are Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters (1813), Karl Ludwig Harding (1765), Heinrich Schwabe (1789), Hermann Goldschmidt (1802), Arthur Auwers (1838), and Hermann Carl Vogel (1841).