Simon van der Meer

1925 - 2011

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Simon van der Meer (24 November 1925 – 4 March 2011) was a Dutch particle accelerator physicist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1984 with Carlo Rubbia for contributions to the CERN project which led to the discovery of the W and Z particles, the two fundamental communicators of the weak interaction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Simon van der Meer has received more than 165,179 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Simon van der Meer is the 148th most popular physicist (up from 210th in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 112th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Dutch Physicist.

Simon van der Meer is most famous for being a Dutch physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1984 for his contributions to the discovery of the subatomic J/psi particle.

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Among physicists, Simon van der Meer ranks 148 out of 851Before him are Auguste Piccard, Kip Thorne, Jacques Charles, Georges Charpak, Pavel Cherenkov, and Hannes Alfvén. After him are Karl Schwarzschild, Willard Boyle, Johann Jakob Balmer, Albert Fert, Hans Geiger, and Maurice Wilkins.

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Among people born in 1925, Simon van der Meer ranks 32Before him are Michel Piccoli, Douglas Engelbart, Angela Lansbury, Ananda Mahidol, Nílton Santos, and Gabriele Amorth. After him are Frantz Fanon, Ernst Happel, Paul Mauriat, Peter Brook, Oona O'Neill, and Pierre Boulez. Among people deceased in 2011, Simon van der Meer ranks 20Before him are Joe Frazier, Annie Girardot, Ágota Kristóf, Flórián Albert, Rudolf Mössbauer, and Ramiz Alia. After him are Willard Boyle, Dennis Ritchie, John Barry, Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Sidney Lumet, and Burhanuddin Rabbani.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Simon van der Meer ranks 63 out of 1,646Before him are Sylvia Kristel (1952), Paul J. Crutzen (1933), Han van Meegeren (1889), Frederick de Houtman (1571), Jan Tinbergen (1903), and Pieter de Hooch (1629). After him are Johan de Witt (1625), Gerrit Rietveld (1888), Ronald Koeman (1963), Jacob Roggeveen (1659), Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920), and William V, Prince of Orange (1748).

Among PHYSICISTS In Netherlands

Among physicists born in Netherlands, Simon van der Meer ranks 10Before him are Gerard 't Hooft (1946), Pieter Zeeman (1865), Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), Peter Debye (1884), and Frits Zernike (1888). After him are Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920), Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931), Jan Ingenhousz (1730), Hans Kramers (1894), Samuel Goudsmit (1902), and Wander Johannes de Haas (1878).