Robert Woodrow Wilson

1936 - Today

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Robert Woodrow Wilson (born January 10, 1936) is an American astronomer who, along with Arno Allan Penzias, discovered cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) in 1964. The pair won the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physics for its discovery. While doing tests and experiments with the Holmdel Horn Antenna at Bell Labs in Holmdel Township, New Jersey, Wilson and Penzias discovered a source of noise in the atmosphere that they could not explain. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Woodrow Wilson has received more than 341,172 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Robert Woodrow Wilson is the 39th most popular astronomer (down from 21st in 2019), the 620th most popular biography from United States (down from 366th in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Astronomer.

Robert Woodrow Wilson is most famous for his work in the field of cosmology, specifically for his discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation.

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Over the past year Robert Woodrow Wilson has had the most page views in the with 50,609 views, followed by German (7,487), and Spanish (7,066). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Tajik (339.62%), Cantonese (173.88%), and Hakka (153.44%)


Among astronomers, Robert Woodrow Wilson ranks 39 out of 644Before him are Martin Ryle, Adolphe Quetelet, Michel Mayor, Jamshīd al-Kāshī, Arthur Eddington, and Fred Hoyle. After him are Giovanni Schiaparelli, Jan Oort, Sosigenes of Alexandria, Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, Jérôme Lalande, and Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli.

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Among people born in 1936, Robert Woodrow Wilson ranks 36Before him are Richard Bach, Georges Perec, Roy Orbison, Aga Khan IV, Glen Campbell, and Tariq Aziz. After him are Jim Clark, Burt Reynolds, Albert Finney, Gerhard Ertl, Buddy Holly, and B. J. Habibie.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Woodrow Wilson ranks 620 out of 20,380Before him are Martin Landau (1928), Melvin Schwartz (1932), Richard Meier (1934), Albert Pike (1809), Ruth Benedict (1887), and John Irving (1942). After him are George E. Smith (1930), Isaac Singer (1811), Joan Crawford (1904), Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927), Sylvia Earle (1935), and William Friedkin (1935).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Robert Woodrow Wilson ranks 5Before him are Edwin Hubble (1889), Carl Sagan (1934), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), and Charles Greeley Abbot (1872). After him are Vera Rubin (1928), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Asaph Hall (1829), Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928), and Russell Alan Hulse (1950).