Robert H. Goddard

1882 - 1945

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Robert Hutchings Goddard (October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945) was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket, which was successfully launched on March 16, 1926. By 1915 his pioneering work had dramatically improved the efficiency of the solid-fueled rocket, signaling the era of the modern rocket and innovation. He and his team launched 34 rockets between 1926 and 1941, achieving altitudes as high as 2.6 km (1.6 mi) and speeds as fast as 885 km/h (550 mph). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert H. Goddard has received more than 1,660,450 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Robert H. Goddard is the 192nd most popular physicist (down from 170th in 2019), the 714th most popular biography from United States (up from 728th in 2019) and the 29th most popular American Physicist.

Robert H. Goddard is most famous for his contributions to the development of modern rocketry. He was the first person to create and launch a liquid-fueled rocket.

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Over the past year Robert H. Goddard has had the most page views in the with 213,541 views, followed by Spanish (25,961), and Russian (12,605). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Galician (1,236.11%), Uzbek (285.48%), and Korean (124.43%)


Among physicists, Robert H. Goddard ranks 192 out of 851Before him are Klaus von Klitzing, Charles H. Townes, David Bohm, Gustav Ludwig Hertz, Wolfgang Paul, and Benjamin Thompson. After him are Nikolay Basov, Douglas Osheroff, Herbert Kroemer, Edward Mills Purcell, Steven Weinberg, and Ilya Frank.

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Among people born in 1882, Robert H. Goddard ranks 40Before him are A. A. Milne, Arthur Eddington, Jacques Maritain, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, René Coty, and Bela Lugosi. After him are Princess Marie Bonaparte, Nicolai Hartmann, Moritz Schlick, Yanka Kupala, Boris Shaposhnikov, and Karol Szymanowski. Among people deceased in 1945, Robert H. Goddard ranks 54Before him are Wilhelm Burgdorf, Robert Ritter von Greim, Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, Theodore Dreiser, Karl Hanke, and Tadamichi Kuribayashi. After him are Ludwig Stumpfegger, Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Fumimaro Konoe, Pavlo Skoropadskyi, Karl-Otto Koch, and Georg Elser.

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Among people born in United States, Robert H. Goddard ranks 714 out of 20,380Before him are Nat King Cole (1919), Lee Marvin (1924), Kenny Rogers (1938), John Deere (1804), Benjamin Thompson (1753), and Jared Diamond (1937). After him are Haldan Keffer Hartline (1903), Montgomery Clift (1920), Edwin Booth (1833), Robert Nozick (1938), Vincent du Vigneaud (1901), and Warren Beatty (1937).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Robert H. Goddard ranks 29Before him are Martin Lewis Perl (1927), James Rainwater (1917), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), Charles H. Townes (1915), David Bohm (1992), and Benjamin Thompson (1753). After him are Douglas Osheroff (1945), Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Steven Weinberg (1933), Michio Kaku (1947), David J. Wineland (1944), and Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921).