Ronald Drever

1931 - 2017

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Ronald William Prest Drever (26 October 1931 – 7 March 2017) was a Scottish experimental physicist. He was a professor emeritus at the California Institute of Technology, co-founded the LIGO project, and was a co-inventor of the Pound–Drever–Hall technique for laser stabilisation, as well as the Hughes–Drever experiment. This work was instrumental in the first detection of gravitational waves in September 2015.Drever died on 7 March 2017, aged 85, seven months before his colleagues Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on the observation of gravitational waves. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ronald Drever has received more than 77,242 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Ronald Drever is the 680th most popular physicist (down from 621st in 2019), the 4,340th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 82nd most popular British Physicist.

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Among physicists, Ronald Drever ranks 680 out of 721Before him are Miguel Alcubierre, Vagn Walfrid Ekman, Derek J. de Solla Price, Kees Schouhamer Immink, James Hartle, and Peter Zoller. After him are Frank Benford, Sidney Coleman, Joseph Polchinski, Herbert Goldstein, Sulamith Goldhaber, and Albert-László Barabási.

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Among people born in 1931, Ronald Drever ranks 399Before him are Jerry Herman, Mark Midler, Ricardo Vidal, Teresa Brewer, Rip Taylor, and Hanoi Hannah. After him are Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, D. M. Jayaratne, Kálmán Markovits, Andrija Fuderer, John Kerr, and Ernie Banks. Among people deceased in 2017, Ronald Drever ranks 435Before him are Walter Becker, Bernie Casey, Ricardo Vidal, Alain Jessua, Jan Szczepański, and Gilbert Stork. After him are Colin Groves, Curt Lowens, Luis Garisto, Anne Jeffreys, Spartaco Landini, and Cy Young.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Ronald Drever ranks 4,340 out of 6,924Before him are Gordon Thomas (1921), Peter Warlock (1894), Dorothy Round (1909), Giles Gilbert Scott (1880), Eddie Jobson (1955), and Bernard Bosanquet (1848). After him are Colin Groves (1942), Trent Alexander-Arnold (1998), Mark Catesby (1683), John Claudius Loudon (1783), James Allison (1968), and Talulah Riley (1985).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Ronald Drever ranks 82Before him are John Polkinghorne (1930), John Aitken (1839), Bernard Lovell (1913), Alfred Ewing (1855), C. V. Boys (1855), and Raymond Gosling (1926). After him are John Pendry (1943), Brian Cox (1968), and Jess Wade (1988).