Tom Gehrels

1925 - 2011

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Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tom Gehrels has received more than 34,151 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. Tom Gehrels is the 118th most popular astronomer (down from 97th in 2019), the 220th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 154th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Astronomer.

Tom Gehrels is most famous for being the director of the National Solar Observatory, which is located in Sunspot, New Mexico. He has also been credited with discovering the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

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Among astronomers, Tom Gehrels ranks 118 out of 531Before him are E. M. Antoniadi, Édouard Stephan, Henry Norris Russell, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld, Jeremiah Horrocks, and Adelard of Bath. After him are Johann Adam Schall von Bell, Ali Qushji, Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters, Hermann Goldschmidt, William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, and Maslama al-Majriti.

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Among people born in 1925, Tom Gehrels ranks 98Before him are Hildegard Knef, Nicolai Gedda, Veljko Kadijević, William Styron, Sammy Davis Jr., and Martin Rodbell. After him are Ernesto Cardenal, Georges Delerue, Justo Gallego Martínez, Lepa Radić, Dettmar Cramer, and Gore Vidal. Among people deceased in 2011, Tom Gehrels ranks 72Before him are Aristides Pereira, William Lipscomb, Cy Twombly, Gunter Sachs, Itamar Franco, and Johannes Heesters. After him are Sergei Bagapsh, Yelena Bonner, Valentin Ivanov, Harold Garfinkel, Jack Kevorkian, and Lyudmila Gurchenko.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Tom Gehrels ranks 220 out of 1,427Before him are Philip William, Prince of Orange (1554), Willem Drees (1886), Nicolaes Maes (1634), Gerard van Swieten (1700), Patrick Kluivert (1976), and Piet Pieterszoon Hein (1577). After him are Samuel Dirksz van Hoogstraten (1627), Princess Sophie of the Netherlands (1824), Abraham Kuyper (1837), Countess Louise Henriette of Nassau (1627), Saskia Sassen (1947), and C. C. Catch (1964).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Netherlands

Among astronomers born in Netherlands, Tom Gehrels ranks 4Before him are Jan Oort (1900), Pieter van Musschenbroek (1692), and Gerard Kuiper (1905). After him are Cornelis Johannes van Houten (1920), Antonie Pannekoek (1873), Jacobus Kapteyn (1851), John Goodricke (1764), Walter Lewin (1936), Adriaan Blaauw (1914), Henri Joseph Anastase Perrotin (1845), and Michael van Langren (1598).