Robert W. Wood

1868 - 1955

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Robert Williams Wood (May 2, 1868 – August 11, 1955) was an American physicist and inventor who made pivotal contributions to the field of optics. He pioneered infrared and ultraviolet photography. Wood's patents and theoretical work inform modern understanding of the physics of ultraviolet light, and made possible myriad uses of UV fluorescence which became popular after World War I. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert W. Wood has received more than 101,347 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Robert W. Wood is the 362nd most popular physicist (down from 347th in 2019), the 2,364th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,021st in 2019) and the 72nd most popular American Physicist.

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Among physicists, Robert W. Wood ranks 362 out of 721Before him are Steven Chu, Maurice de Broglie, William Watson, Shuji Nakamura, Paul Drude, and John B. Goodenough. After him are Louis Poinsot, Hans Kramers, Ami Argand, Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, Vladimir Chelomey, and Leonard Susskind.

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Among people born in 1868, Robert W. Wood ranks 69Before him are Noe Zhordania, W. E. B. Du Bois, Henry Bergman, Ahmed Shawqi, Ernst Linder, and Otto von Lossow. After him are Jane Avril, Francis Jammes, Wilhelm Schmidt, James Connolly, Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria, and Giovanni Giacometti. Among people deceased in 1955, Robert W. Wood ranks 51Before him are Manuel Ávila Camacho, Otto Braun, Arthur Tansley, Archduchess Margarethe Klementine of Austria, Nicolas de Staël, and Eugène Joseph Delporte. After him are Kim Seong-su, Tin Ujević, Archie Hahn, Hubert Cecil Booth, Ivan Šubašić, and Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert W. Wood ranks 2,364 out of 15,968Before him are Morgan Robertson (1861), John Kennedy Toole (1937), Jermaine Jackson (1954), Richard Anderson (1926), Conchata Ferrell (1943), and Christopher A. Sims (1942). After him are Jennifer Beals (1963), Ward Cunningham (1949), Michael Phelps (1985), Charles Martin Hall (1863), Anna Moffo (1932), and Carol Gilligan (1936).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Robert W. Wood ranks 72Before him are John C. Mather (1946), Walter A. Shewhart (1891), Douglas Osheroff (1945), Edward Witten (1951), Edwin Hall (1855), and Steven Chu (1948). After him are Leonard Susskind (1940), Ralph Asher Alpher (1921), Carl Wieman (1951), Nick Holonyak (1928), Robert J. Van de Graaff (1901), and Robert B. Laughlin (1950).