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Willard Boyle

1924 - 2011

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Willard Sterling Boyle, (August 19, 1924 – May 7, 2011) was a Canadian physicist. He was a pioneer in the field of laser technology and co-inventor of the charge-coupled device. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Willard Boyle has received more than 158,149 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia. Willard Boyle is the 159th most popular physicist (up from 166th in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from Canada (up from 29th in 2019) and the most popular Canadian Physicist.

Willard Boyle was most famous for his work with John Bardeen and Walter Brattain in the invention of the transistor.

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Among physicists, Willard Boyle ranks 159 out of 717Before him are Peter Grünberg, Val Logsdon Fitch, Nicolaas Bloembergen, Hugh Everett III, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, and Michio Kaku. After him are Murray Gell-Mann, Steven Weinberg, Donald A. Glaser, Polykarp Kusch, Laura Bassi, and Georges Charpak.

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Among people born in 1924, Willard Boyle ranks 25Before him are Lauren Bacall, Ramiz Alia, Maurice Jarre, Sergei Parajanov, Henry Mancini, and Mário Soares. After him are Sidney Lumet, Georges Charpak, Jovanka Broz, Ezer Weizman, Lee Marvin, and Robert Solow. Among people deceased in 2011, Willard Boyle ranks 24Before him are Ramiz Alia, Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Flórián Albert, Gary Moore, Rudolf Mössbauer, and Dennis Ritchie. After him are Sidney Lumet, John Barry, Necmettin Erbakan, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., Christa Wolf, and Lynn Margulis.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Willard Boyle ranks 26 out of 1,350Before him are David Cronenberg (1943), Eric Berne (1910), Saul Bellow (1915), William Shatner (1931), Gilles Villeneuve (1950), and Dan Aykroyd (1952). After him are Neil Young (1945), Robert Mundell (1932), Oswald Avery (1877), John Kenneth Galbraith (1908), Bryan Adams (1959), and Pierre Trudeau (1919).

Among PHYSICISTS In Canada

Among physicists born in Canada, Willard Boyle ranks 1After him are Richard E. Taylor (1929), Bertram Brockhouse (1918), Jim Peebles (1935), Donna Strickland (1959), Louis Slotin (1910), Arthur Jeffrey Dempster (1886), Harriet Brooks (1876), and Sylvia Fedoruk (1927).