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 120,664 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Willard Boyle is the 166th most popular physicist (down from 133rd in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from Canada (down from 17th 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 166 out of 721. Before him are Leon Cooper, Hideki Yukawa, Pyotr Kapitsa, Emilio Segrè, Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, and Yang Chen-Ning. After him are Nikolay Basov, Igor Kurchatov, Jacques Charles, Robert Coleman Richardson, David Brewster, and Michio Kaku.

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Among people born in 1924, Willard Boyle ranks 32Before him are Mário Soares, Ezer Weizman, Jovanka Broz, Jin Yong, Christopher Tolkien, and Georges Charpak. After him are Kōbō Abe, Dmitry Yazov, Ed Wood, Lee Marvin, Francisco Macías Nguema, and Karmapa. Among people deceased in 2011, Willard Boyle ranks 28Before him are Sidney Lumet, John Barry, Diana Wynne Jones, Annie Girardot, Rudolf Mössbauer, and Necmettin Erbakan. After him are Lucian Freud, Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Christa Wolf, Manfred Gerlach, Baruch Samuel Blumberg, and Lynn Margulis.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Willard Boyle ranks 29 out of 1,130. Before him are Gilles Villeneuve (1950), William Shatner (1931), Maud Lewis (1903), Neil Young (1945), Paul Anka (1941), and John Kenneth Galbraith (1908). After him are Henry Mintzberg (1939), Pierre Trudeau (1919), William Giauque (1895), Richard E. Taylor (1929), Bryan Adams (1959), and Oscar Peterson (1925).

Among PHYSICISTS In Canada

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