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 won the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics. He is known for his theoretical and experimental research into nuclear reactions within stars and the energy elements produced in the process. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Alfred Fowler has received more than 140,471 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). William Alfred Fowler is the 62nd most popular astronomer (down from 44th in 2019), the 933rd most popular biography from United States (down from 648th in 2019) and the 9th 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 62 out of 532Before him are Fritz Zwicky, Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, Martin Ryle, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, Antony Hewish, and Gerard Kuiper. After him are Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Girolamo Fracastoro, Pierre Janssen, Pieter van Musschenbroek, Stephen Gray, and John Flamsteed.

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Among people born in 1911, William Alfred Fowler ranks 38Before him are J. L. Austin, Odysseas Elytis, Milovan Đilas, Samuel Reshevsky, Jean Harlow, and Polykarp Kusch. After him are Richard Baer, Vincent Price, John Archibald Wheeler, Cantinflas, Bernard Katz, and Trygve Haavelmo. Among people deceased in 1995, William Alfred Fowler ranks 34Before him are Murray Rothbard, Lola Flores, Don Cherry, Lana Turner, Hugo Pratt, and Souphanouvong. After him are John Vincent Atanasoff, Pierre Schaeffer, Ștefan Kovács, Christian B. Anfinsen, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and Aziz Nesin.

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Among people born in United States, William Alfred Fowler ranks 933 out of 15,968Before him are Larry Bird (1956), Jerry Goldsmith (1929), Virginia Satir (1916), John Lithgow (1945), Richard E. Byrd (1888), and Robert Lucas Jr. (1937). After him are Philip Warren Anderson (1923), Judith Butler (1956), Richard Matheson (1926), Irwin Rose (1926), Michael Moore (1954), and John Vincent Atanasoff (1903).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, William Alfred Fowler ranks 9Before him are Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Asaph Hall (1829), and Percival Lowell (1855). After him are Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Lewis A. Swift (1820), J. Allen Hynek (1910), Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. (1941), Vera Rubin (1928), and Henry Norris Russell (1877).