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 110,840 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Simon van der Meer is the 118th most popular physicist (up from 127th in 2019), the 57th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 48th in 2019) and the 8th 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 118 out of 721Before him are Arno Allan Penzias, Igor Tamm, Kip Thorne, Auguste Piccard, Felix Bloch, and Henry Moseley. After him are Karl Schwarzschild, Thomas Young, Walther Bothe, Josiah Willard Gibbs, J. Hans D. Jensen, and George Paget Thomson.

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Among people born in 1925, Simon van der Meer ranks 31Before him are Jack Lemmon, Douglas Engelbart, Pierre Boulez, Peter Sellers, Ananda Mahidol, and Robert Edwards. After him are Ernst Happel, Wong Fei-hung, Nílton Santos, Frantz Fanon, Maya Plisetskaya, and Rod Steiger. Among people deceased in 2011, Simon van der Meer ranks 17Before him are Wangari Maathai, Joe Frazier, Sócrates, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Ramiz Alia, and Dennis Ritchie. After him are Ágota Kristóf, Burhanuddin Rabbani, Gary Moore, Flórián Albert, Sidney Lumet, and John Barry.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Simon van der Meer ranks 57 out of 1,209Before him are Marco van Basten (1964), Ruud Gullit (1962), Frank Rijkaard (1962), Guus Hiddink (1946), Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907), and Gerrit Rietveld (1888). After him are Jan Oort (1900), William II, Prince of Orange (1626), Jan Tinbergen (1903), Geert Hofstede (1928), Dieric Bouts (1415), and Pieter de Hooch (1629).

Among PHYSICISTS In Netherlands

Among physicists born in Netherlands, Simon van der Meer ranks 8Before him are Daniel Bernoulli (1700), Hendrik Lorentz (1853), Pieter Zeeman (1865), Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), and Peter Debye (1884). After him are Frits Zernike (1888), Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920), Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931), Jan Ingenhousz (1730), Gerard 't Hooft (1946), and Hans Kramers (1894).