Val Logsdon Fitch

1923 - 2015

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Val Logsdon Fitch (March 10, 1923 – February 5, 2015) was an American nuclear physicist who, with co-researcher James Cronin, was awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics for a 1964 experiment using the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron at Brookhaven National Laboratory that proved that certain subatomic reactions do not adhere to fundamental symmetry principles. Specifically, they proved, by examining the decay of K-mesons, that a reaction run in reverse does not retrace the path of the original reaction, which showed that the reactions of subatomic particles are not indifferent to time. Thus the phenomenon of CP violation was discovered. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Val Logsdon Fitch has received more than 161,556 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Val Logsdon Fitch is the 228th most popular physicist (down from 200th in 2019), the 1,054th most popular biography from United States (down from 728th in 2019) and the 46th most popular American Physicist.

Val Logsdon Fitch is most famous for being the author of The Mother Earth News, a magazine that promotes sustainability.

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Among physicists, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 228 out of 721Before him are Joseph Swan, Johannes Rydberg, Yoichiro Nambu, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., David J. Thouless, and John Tyndall. After him are Burton Richter, Georg von Békésy, Armen Sarkissian, John Cockcroft, Rolf Maximilian Sievert, and Gerd Binnig.

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Among people born in 1923, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 43Before him are Horst Tappert, Bert Trautmann, Linda Christian, Erland Josephson, René Girard, and Jorge Semprún. After him are Mauno Koivisto, Frederick Herzberg, Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, Edgar F. Codd, Dev Anand, and René Thom. Among people deceased in 2015, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 52Before him are Yoichiro Nambu, Yitzhak Navon, Ben E. King, James Horner, Michele Ferrero, and René Girard. After him are Chandra Bahadur Dangi, Khaled al-Asaad, Cynthia Lennon, Yevgeny Primakov, Francesco Rosi, and Assia Djebar.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 1,054 out of 15,968Before him are Scarlett Johansson (1984), Robert Forster (1941), Clifford D. Simak (1904), Whitey Bulger (1929), Stanley B. Prusiner (1942), and Clyde Drexler (1962). After him are Burton Richter (1931), James Brolin (1940), George Akerlof (1940), Allen Dulles (1893), John Young (1930), and James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 46Before him are Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Robert Hofstadter (1915), Frederick Reines (1918), Arthur Ashkin (1922), Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921), and Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. (1915). After him are Burton Richter (1931), David Lee (1931), Julian Schwinger (1918), Clifford Shull (1915), John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (1899), and Jerome Isaac Friedman (1930).