Samuel Goudsmit

1902 - 1978

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Samuel Abraham Goudsmit (July 11, 1902 – December 4, 1978) was a Dutch-American physicist famous for jointly proposing the concept of electron spin with George Eugene Uhlenbeck in 1925. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Goudsmit has received more than 190,719 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Samuel Goudsmit is the 397th most popular physicist (up from 410th in 2019), the 329th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 357th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Dutch Physicist.

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Among physicists, Samuel Goudsmit ranks 397 out of 851Before him are Franz Aepinus, Friedrich Paschen, Léon Brillouin, Friedrich Ernst Dorn, Edward Witten, and Takaaki Kajita. After him are Hantaro Nagaoka, Chester Carlson, Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, Nick Holonyak, Ányos Jedlik, and Rudolf Peierls.

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Among people born in 1902, Samuel Goudsmit ranks 100Before him are Santos Iriarte, Jan Tschichold, Elsa Lanchester, Abraham Wald, Nicolás Guillén, and William Walton. After him are Leopold Figl, Vladimír Clementis, Albert Forster, Jean Bruller, Peregrino Anselmo, and Ľudovít Fulla. Among people deceased in 1978, Samuel Goudsmit ranks 74Before him are José Manuel Moreno, Lilya Brik, Max Decugis, Jens Otto Krag, Misao Tamai, and Diana Budisavljević. After him are Karl Lennart Oesch, Salvador de Madariaga, Felicia Montealegre Bernstein, Gaston Julia, Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia, and Luigi Allemandi.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Samuel Goudsmit ranks 329 out of 1,646Before him are Jan Dirksz Both (1618), Jacobus Kapteyn (1851), Karel Dujardin (1622), Emanuel de Witte (1617), Franciscus Donders (1818), and Bartel Leendert van der Waerden (1903). After him are Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633), Charles II, Duke of Guelders (1467), Nikolaus Gerhaert (1420), Esaias van de Velde (1587), Joanna of Bavaria (1356), and Henk Sneevliet (1883).

Among PHYSICISTS In Netherlands

Among physicists born in Netherlands, Samuel Goudsmit ranks 15Before him are Frits Zernike (1888), Simon van der Meer (1925), Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920), Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931), Jan Ingenhousz (1730), and Hans Kramers (1894). After him are Wander Johannes de Haas (1878), Hendrik Casimir (1909), Abraham Pais (1918), Willem Hendrik Keesom (1876), Dirk Coster (1889), and Antonius van den Broek (1870).