Victor Francis Hess

1883 - 1964

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Victor Franz Hess (German: [ˈvɪktoːɐ̯ fʁants ˈhɛs]; 24 June 1883 – 17 December 1964) was an Austrian-American physicist, and Nobel laureate in physics, who discovered cosmic rays. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Victor Francis Hess has received more than 182,265 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Victor Francis Hess is the 85th most popular physicist (up from 108th in 2019), the 81st most popular biography from Austria (up from 109th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Austrian Physicist.

Victor Francis Hess is most famous for his discovery of cosmic rays.

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Among physicists, Victor Francis Hess ranks 85 out of 851Before him are C. F. Powell, Charles Glover Barkla, Percy Williams Bridgman, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, John Bardeen, and Hans Bethe. After him are Albert A. Michelson, Jean Baptiste Perrin, Clinton Davisson, Carl Zeiss, Wilhelm Eduard Weber, and Ernst Ruska.

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Among people born in 1883, Victor Francis Hess ranks 15Before him are Anton Webern, Jaroslav Hašek, Nikos Kazantzakis, Lev Kamenev, Grigory Zinoviev, and Clement Attlee. After him are Pierre Laval, José Ortega y Gasset, Morihei Ueshiba, Otto Heinrich Warburg, Semyon Budyonny, and Maurice Utrillo. Among people deceased in 1964, Victor Francis Hess ranks 6Before him are Jawaharlal Nehru, Douglas MacArthur, Herbert Hoover, Paul of Greece, and Alma Mahler. After him are Norbert Wiener, Leo Szilard, Ian Fleming, Rachel Carson, Frans Eemil Sillanpää, and James Franck.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Victor Francis Hess ranks 81 out of 1,424Before him are Alma Mahler (1879), Archduchess Sophie of Austria (1855), Otto Wagner (1841), Maria Anna Mozart (1751), Peter Drucker (1909), and Anna Freud (1895). After him are Melanie Klein (1882), Arthur Schnitzler (1862), Archduke Otto of Austria (1865), Geli Raubal (1908), Christoph Waltz (1956), and Baroness Mary Vetsera (1871).

Among PHYSICISTS In Austria

Among physicists born in Austria, Victor Francis Hess ranks 6Before him are Erwin Schrödinger (1887), Wolfgang Pauli (1900), Lise Meitner (1878), Christian Doppler (1803), and Ludwig Boltzmann (1844). After him are Anton Zeilinger (1945), Otto Robert Frisch (1904), Victor Weisskopf (1908), Walter Kohn (1923), Fritjof Capra (1939), and Marietta Blau (1894).