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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 453,314 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). William Crookes is the 45th most popular chemist (down from 41st in 2019), the 327th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 338th in 2019) and the 6th 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 45 out of 509Before him are Gertrude B. Elion, Henrik Dam, Ilya Prigogine, Frederick Soddy, Victor Grignard, and Theodor Svedberg. After him are Gerty Cori, Paul Karrer, Joseph Black, Francis William Aston, Tu Youyou, and Julius Lothar Meyer.

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Among people born in 1832, William Crookes ranks 9Before him are Wilhelm Wundt, Lewis Carroll, Nikolaus Otto, Maximilian I of Mexico, Gustave Doré, and Edward Burnett Tylor. After him are Louisa May Alcott, Ivan Shishkin, Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, José Echegaray, George, King of Saxony, and Jules Ferry. Among people deceased in 1919, William Crookes ranks 14Before him are Alfred Werner, Emiliano Zapata, Gojong of Korea, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Andrew Carnegie, and Ruggero Leoncavallo. After him are Carl Larsson, Yakov Sverdlov, Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia, and Habibullah Khan.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Crookes ranks 327 out of 7,765Before him are Syd Barrett (1946), Jacqueline Bisset (1944), Jon Lord (1941), Æthelred I, King of Wessex (837), George Eliot (1819), and G. K. Chesterton (1874). After him are Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828), Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (1220), Ian McShane (1942), Rudolf Abel (1903), Gertrude Bell (1868), and Anne, Princess Royal (1950).

Among CHEMISTS In United Kingdom

Among chemists born in United Kingdom, William Crookes ranks 6Before him are John Dalton (1766), Humphry Davy (1778), William Ramsay (1852), Frederick Sanger (1918), and Frederick Soddy (1877). After him are Francis William Aston (1877), Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861), Norman Haworth (1883), John Newlands (1837), Henry Hallett Dale (1875), and Robert Robinson (1886).