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 their 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 237,699 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Robert Woodrow Wilson is the 22nd most popular astronomer (down from 19th in 2019), the 392nd most popular biography from United States (down from 290th in 2019) and the 4th 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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Among astronomers, Robert Woodrow Wilson ranks 22 out of 532Before him are Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Edmond Halley, Charles Messier, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, and Avempace. After him are Aryabhata, Roger Joseph Boscovich, Giuseppe Piazzi, Arthur Eddington, Wilhelm Schickard, and Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers.

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Among people born in 1936, Robert Woodrow Wilson ranks 21Before him are David Carradine, Barack Obama Sr., Richard Bach, John McCain, F. W. de Klerk, and Dennis Hopper. After him are Barry Barish, Glen Campbell, Ursula Andress, Michael Landon, Uwe Seeler, and Aga Khan IV.

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Among people born in United States, Robert Woodrow Wilson ranks 392 out of 15,968Before him are Chuck Jones (1912), Ralph Lauren (1939), Kathy Bates (1948), Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804), George Clooney (1961), and James Buchanan (1791). After him are Charles Goodyear (1800), Willis Carrier (1876), Alexander Calder (1898), Paulette Goddard (1910), Joseph Stiglitz (1943), and Boris Johnson (1964).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Robert Woodrow Wilson ranks 4Before him are Edwin Hubble (1889), Carl Sagan (1934), and Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958). After him are Clyde Tombaugh (1906), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Asaph Hall (1829), Percival Lowell (1855), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Lewis A. Swift (1820), and J. Allen Hynek (1910).