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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 160,942 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Vesto Slipher is the 157th most popular astronomer (down from 133rd in 2019), the 2,427th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,934th in 2019) and the 27th most popular American Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Vesto Slipher ranks 157 out of 531Before him are George Phillips Bond, Nicole-Reine Lepaute, Jean Chacornac, Jacobus Kapteyn, Jean Picard, and Tobias Mayer. After him are Andreas Cellarius, N. R. Pogson, Henry Draper, Cleomedes, Antonio Abetti, and George William Hill.

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Among people born in 1875, Vesto Slipher ranks 55Before him are Abd al-Hafid of Morocco, Leonardo De Lorenzo, Rafael Sabatini, Fatali Khan Khoyski, Prince Franz of Bavaria, and Albert Ketèlbey. After him are Ferdinand Sauerbruch, Maurice de Broglie, Pedro de Alcântara, Prince of Grão-Pará, Jacques Villon, Gustav Flatow, and Othenio Abel. Among people deceased in 1969, Vesto Slipher ranks 69Before him are Radivoj Korać, Claude Dornier, Artur da Costa e Silva, Léon Brillouin, Lucien Bianchi, and Ramón Grau. After him are Kimon Georgiev, Meher Baba, Duke Adolf Friedrich of Mecklenburg, Thelma Ritter, Jeffrey Hunter, and Adolfo López Mateos.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Vesto Slipher ranks 2,427 out of 18,182Before him are Herbert Blumer (1900), Gene Deitch (1924), Daniel Inouye (1924), John B. Kelly Sr. (1889), Edwin Hall (1855), and Ralph Asher Alpher (1921). After him are William H. Seward (1801), Clarissa Pinkola Estés (1945), Craig Venter (1946), Melissa Leo (1960), George Reeves (1914), and Carl Perkins (1932).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Vesto Slipher ranks 27Before him are Carolyn S. Shoemaker (1929), Henry Norris Russell (1877), Harlow Shapley (1885), Maria Mitchell (1818), Annie Jump Cannon (1863), and George Phillips Bond (1825). After him are Henry Draper (1837), George William Hill (1838), Andrea M. Ghez (1965), Michael H. Hart (1932), William Henry Pickering (1858), and Francis Preserved Leavenworth (1858).