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Robert Woodrow Wilson

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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 281,940 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia. Robert Woodrow Wilson is the 21st most popular astronomer (up from 22nd in 2019), the 366th most popular biography from United States (up from 392nd 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 21 out of 531Before him are Carl Sagan, Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Aryabhata, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Edmond Halley, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell. After him are Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Charles Messier, Giuseppe Piazzi, Johannes Hevelius, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers, and Jamshīd al-Kāshī.

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Among people born in 1936, Robert Woodrow Wilson ranks 17Before him are Andrei Chikatilo, Valery Legasov, Mikhail Tal, John McCain, Barry Barish, and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. After him are David Carradine, Barack Obama Sr., F. W. de Klerk, Harald zur Hausen, Richard Bach, and Dennis Hopper.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Woodrow Wilson ranks 366 out of 18,182Before him are Jefferson Davis (1808), Hugh Hefner (1926), Zodiac Killer (1940), Herbert A. Simon (1916), Mickey Rourke (1952), and Ed Gein (1906). After him are Calvin Klein (1942), J. P. Morgan (1837), Paulette Goddard (1910), Faye Dunaway (1941), Rock Hudson (1925), and Charles Francis Richter (1900).

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 William Alfred Fowler (1911), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Asaph Hall (1829), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), Vera Rubin (1928), Percival Lowell (1855), and Russell Alan Hulse (1950).