William Crookes

1832 - 1919

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Sir William Crookes (; 17 June 1832 – 4 April 1919) was a British chemist and physicist who attended the Royal College of Chemistry, now part of Imperial College London, and worked on spectroscopy. He was a pioneer of vacuum tubes, inventing the Crookes tube which was made in 1875. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Crookes has received more than 528,695 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). William Crookes is the 83rd most popular chemist (down from 45th in 2019), the 384th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 327th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Chemist.

William Crookes was a British chemist and physicist who is most famous for his invention of the Crookes tube, which was the first cathode ray tube.

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Among chemists, William Crookes ranks 83 out of 602Before him are George de Hevesy, Gilbert N. Lewis, Theodore William Richards, James B. Sumner, Hans Adolf Krebs, and Odd Hassel. After him are Henry Hallett Dale, Johann Rudolf Glauber, Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Michel Eugène Chevreul, Richard Kuhn, and Edward Adelbert Doisy.

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Among people born in 1832, William Crookes ranks 12Before him are Nikolaus Otto, Maximilian I of Mexico, Gustave Doré, Edward Burnett Tylor, Ivan Shishkin, and José Echegaray. After him are Louisa May Alcott, Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Jules Ferry, Ármin Vámbéry, George, King of Saxony, and Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia. Among people deceased in 1919, William Crookes ranks 16Before him are Ruggero Leoncavallo, Carl Larsson, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Andrew Carnegie, Alfred Werner, and Yakov Sverdlov. After him are Princess Charlotte of Prussia, Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Ismail Qemali, Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia, and L. Frank Baum.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Crookes ranks 384 out of 8,785Before him are G. H. Hardy (1877), Kenneth Branagh (1960), Mordred (null), Christian de Duve (1917), Pelagius (360), and Henry Morgan (1635). After him are John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Angus Young (1955), Sweyn II of Denmark (1020), Robert Burns (1759), Henry Hallett Dale (1875), and Lemmy (1945).

Among CHEMISTS In United Kingdom

Among chemists born in United Kingdom, William Crookes ranks 9Before him are Humphry Davy (1778), Frederick Sanger (1918), Arthur Harden (1865), Frederick Soddy (1877), Norman Haworth (1883), and Francis William Aston (1877). After him are Henry Hallett Dale (1875), Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861), Robert Robinson (1886), Cyril Norman Hinshelwood (1897), Richard Laurence Millington Synge (1914), and Archer Martin (1910).