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PHYSICIST

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 177,659 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Val Logsdon Fitch is the 154th most popular physicist (up from 228th in 2019), the 657th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,053rd in 2019) and the 19th 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

Among physicists, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 154 out of 717Before him are Johann Jakob Balmer, Ben Roy Mottelson, Martin Lewis Perl, Rudolf Mössbauer, Hans Geiger, and Peter Grünberg. After him are Nicolaas Bloembergen, Hugh Everett III, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Michio Kaku, Willard Boyle, and Murray Gell-Mann.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1923, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 26Before him are Alan Shepard, Mas Oyama, Nadine Gordimer, Roy Lichtenstein, Yma Sumac, and Jack Kilby. After him are Anne Baxter, Arvid Carlsson, Lee Teng-hui, Markus Wolf, Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, and Antoni Tàpies. Among people deceased in 2015, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 28Before him are Ulrich Beck, Richard von Weizsäcker, Otto Carius, Kenan Evren, Maya Plisetskaya, and Eduardo Galeano. After him are Douglass North, Tariq Aziz, Manoel de Oliveira, Wes Craven, Oliver Sacks, and Yves Chauvin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 657 out of 18,182Before him are Lady Gaga (1986), Don Shirley (1927), Carrie Fisher (1956), Walter Hill (1942), Sally Field (1946), and Linda Lovelace (1949). After him are Douglass North (1920), Terrence Malick (1943), Hugh Glass (1783), Hugh Everett III (1930), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933), and Carl Barks (1901).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 19Before him are Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), Ernest Lawrence (1901), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), Robert Coleman Richardson (1937), Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), and Martin Lewis Perl (1927). After him are Hugh Everett III (1930), Michio Kaku (1947), Murray Gell-Mann (1929), Steven Weinberg (1933), Donald A. Glaser (1926), and Benjamin Thompson (1753).