William Astbury

1898 - 1961

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William Thomas Astbury FRS (25 February 1898 – 4 June 1961) was an English physicist and molecular biologist who made pioneering X-ray diffraction studies of biological molecules. His work on keratin provided the foundation for Linus Pauling's discovery of the alpha helix. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Astbury has received more than 97,346 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). William Astbury is the 667th most popular physicist (down from 598th in 2019), the 3,675th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 3,231st in 2019) and the 70th most popular British Physicist.

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Among physicists, William Astbury ranks 667 out of 851Before him are Paul Peter Ewald, Christian Møller, Charles H. Bennett, Friedrich Carl Alwin Pockels, Shoichi Sakata, and Ted Fujita. After him are C. V. Boys, Balthasar van der Pol, Sulamith Goldhaber, Ash Carter, John C. Slater, and Yoshiaki Arata.

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Among people born in 1898, William Astbury ranks 215Before him are Stefanos Stefanopoulos, Marilyn Miller, Antonio Urdinarán, Eduard Wiiralt, Georgy Langemak, and Rosa Chacel. After him are Kay Sage, William Jordan, Georg Kulenkampff, Riichi Yokomitsu, Luis Muñoz Marín, and John Grierson. Among people deceased in 1961, William Astbury ranks 148Before him are Alberto Chividini, Dun Karm Psaila, Antonio Urdinarán, František Drtikol, Boris Vilkitsky, and Guy de Luget. After him are Romeo Neri, Alberto Galateo, Maud Wagner, Victor d'Arcy, Ernest Payne, and Eliseo Mouriño.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Astbury ranks 3,675 out of 8,785Before him are Albert Bruce Jackson (1876), Gemma Arterton (1986), Margery Kempe (1373), John Miles (1943), Patrick Abercrombie (1879), and James Sowerby (1757). After him are Joe Hart (1987), Russell Brand (1975), Paul Ince (1967), Michael Kitchen (1948), Sid Kimpton (1887), and William Mitchell Ramsay (1851).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, William Astbury ranks 70Before him are John D. Barrow (1952), John Lennard-Jones (1894), Michael Green (1946), Francis Hauksbee (1660), Frederick Guthrie (1833), and Michael Berry (1941). After him are C. V. Boys (1855), John Hopkinson (1849), John Polkinghorne (1930), Alfred Ewing (1855), Raymond Gosling (1926), and Brandon Carter (1942).