Vesto Slipher

1875 - 1969

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Vesto Melvin Slipher (; November 11, 1875 – November 8, 1969) was an American astronomer who performed the first measurements of radial velocities for galaxies. He was the first to discover that distant galaxies are redshifted, thus providing the first empirical basis for the expansion of the universe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vesto Slipher has received more than 142,001 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Vesto Slipher is the 133rd most popular astronomer (down from 123rd in 2019), the 1,935th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,734th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular American Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Vesto Slipher ranks 133 out of 532Before him are James Van Allen, Russell Alan Hulse, Andreas Cellarius, Walter Sydney Adams, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld, and Arthur Auwers. After him are Nur ad-Din al-Bitruji, Ernst Öpik, N. R. Pogson, Maslama al-Majriti, Maria Mitchell, and William Henry Pickering.

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Among people born in 1875, Vesto Slipher ranks 49Before him are Mistinguett, Franco Alfano, Friedrich-Werner Graf von der Schulenburg, Franz Xaver Schwarz, Matthias Erzberger, and Rafael Sabatini. After him are Albert Ketèlbey, Abd al-Hafid of Morocco, Ferdinand Sauerbruch, Fatali Khan Khoyski, Georges Hébert, and Maurice de Broglie. Among people deceased in 1969, Vesto Slipher ranks 55Before him are Enrique Ballestrero, Wilhelm Backhaus, Korney Chukovsky, Ernest Ansermet, Lucien Bianchi, and Léon Brillouin. After him are Coleman Hawkins, Jiří Trnka, Zakir Husain, René Barrientos, Joseph Kosma, and Leo McCarey.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Vesto Slipher ranks 1,935 out of 15,968Before him are Terry O'Quinn (1952), Frank Marshall (1877), Gordon Scott (1926), Abner Doubleday (1819), Robert Gallo (1937), and Mark Margolis (1939). After him are Robin Tunney (1972), Carl Perkins (1932), Joseph Kittinger (1928), Paul Greengard (1925), Anna Nicole Smith (1967), and Jerry Orbach (1935).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Vesto Slipher ranks 23Before him are Edward Charles Pickering (1846), Annie Jump Cannon (1863), Frank Drake (1930), Harlow Shapley (1885), James Van Allen (1914), and Russell Alan Hulse (1950). After him are Maria Mitchell (1818), William Henry Pickering (1858), Henry Draper (1837), George Phillips Bond (1825), Robert Grant Aitken (1864), and Heber Doust Curtis (1872).