William Alfred Fowler

1911 - 1995

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William Alfred Fowler (August 9, 1911 – March 14, 1995) was an American nuclear physicist, later astrophysicist, who, with Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Alfred Fowler has received more than 202,168 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). William Alfred Fowler is the 55th most popular astronomer (down from 30th in 2019), the 793rd most popular biography from United States (down from 517th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Astronomer.

William Alfred Fowler is most famous for being the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in different fields. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1983 and the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973.

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Among astronomers, William Alfred Fowler ranks 55 out of 644Before him are Clyde Tombaugh, Riccardo Giacconi, William Lassell, Varāhamihira, Pierre Janssen, and Heinrich Louis d'Arrest. After him are Max Wolf, Johann Bayer, Antony Hewish, Pieter van Musschenbroek, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, and Johann Franz Encke.

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Among people born in 1911, William Alfred Fowler ranks 31Before him are Wilhelm Mohnke, Polykarp Kusch, Joseph Barbera, Jean Harlow, Jules Dassin, and Milovan Đilas. After him are Bernard Katz, Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark, William Howard Stein, Niels Kaj Jerne, Ginger Rogers, and Max Frisch. Among people deceased in 1995, William Alfred Fowler ranks 27Before him are Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Lana Turner, Murray Rothbard, Donald Pleasence, Milovan Đilas, and Souphanouvong. After him are Jonas Salk, Alec Douglas-Home, Ginger Rogers, Fred Perry, John B. Calhoun, and Hugo Pratt.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Alfred Fowler ranks 793 out of 20,380Before him are Antony Blinken (1962), Mark Hamill (1951), Marvin Gaye (1939), Bill Russell (1934), Douglass North (1920), and Frederick Chapman Robbins (1916). After him are George Eastman (1854), John Goodman (1952), William Saroyan (1908), Leo Frank (1884), Frances McDormand (1957), and Harold Lasswell (1902).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, William Alfred Fowler ranks 8Before him are Carl Sagan (1934), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), Vera Rubin (1928), and Clyde Tombaugh (1906). After him are Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Asaph Hall (1829), Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928), Russell Alan Hulse (1950), Percival Lowell (1855), and Lewis A. Swift (1820).