Walter Lewin

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Walter Hendrik Gustav Lewin (born January 29, 1936) is a Dutch astrophysicist and retired professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lewin earned his doctorate in nuclear physics in 1965 at the Delft University of Technology and was a member of MIT's physics faculty for 43 years beginning in 1966 until his retirement in 2009. Lewin's contributions in astrophysics include the first discovery of a rotating neutron star through all-sky balloon surveys and research in X-ray detection in investigations through satellites and observatories. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Lewin has received more than 1,459,894 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Walter Lewin is the 185th most popular astronomer (up from 253rd in 2019), the 329th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 389th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Dutch Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Walter Lewin ranks 185 out of 532Before him are James Craig Watson, George William Hill, James W. Christy, Andrew Graham, Francis Preserved Leavenworth, and Nevil Maskelyne. After him are Oskar Backlund, Maria Margaretha Kirch, John Bevis, Mariam al-Asturlabi, James Glaisher, and Jean Fernel.

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Among people born in 1936, Walter Lewin ranks 157Before him are William Levada, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Arend Lijphart, Hugh Hudson, Masashi Watanabe, and Philip Kaufman. After him are Edén Pastora, Robert Langlands, Vyacheslav Kebich, Canaan Banana, Bobby Darin, and Glenn Murcutt.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Walter Lewin ranks 329 out of 1,209Before him are Arnold Houbraken (1660), Hendrik Casimir (1909), Aletta Jacobs (1854), Nicolaas Laurens Burman (1734), Jacob Moleschott (1822), and Marc Overmars (1973). After him are Annie M. G. Schmidt (1911), Peter Hans Kolvenbach (1928), Wim Jansen (1946), Rafael van der Vaart (1983), Barent Fabritius (1624), and Johan Rudolph Thorbecke (1798).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Netherlands

Among astronomers born in Netherlands, Walter Lewin ranks 9Before him are Pieter van Musschenbroek (1692), Tom Gehrels (1925), Antonie Pannekoek (1873), Cornelis Johannes van Houten (1920), Jacobus Kapteyn (1851), and John Goodricke (1764). After him are Henri Joseph Anastase Perrotin (1845), Adriaan Blaauw (1914), Maarten Schmidt (1929), Dirk Brouwer (1902), Hendrik van Gent (1900), and Bart Bok (1906).