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 in 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 417,242 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). William Crookes is the 41st most popular chemist (up from 48th in 2019), the 338th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 334th 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 41 out of 510Before him are August Kekulé, Frederick Soddy, Henrik Dam, Carl Bosch, Frederick Sanger, and Hans Adolf Krebs. After him are Robert Bunsen, Joseph Black, Jan Baptist van Helmont, Paul Sabatier, Victor Grignard, and Arthur Harden.

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Among people born in 1832, William Crookes ranks 10Before him are Nikolaus Otto, Wilhelm Wundt, Gustave Doré, Maximilian I of Mexico, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, and Edward Burnett Tylor. After him are Louisa May Alcott, Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Ivan Shishkin, José Echegaray, George, King of Saxony, and Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia. Among people deceased in 1919, William Crookes ranks 13Before him are Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Emil Fischer, Andrew Carnegie, Ruggero Leoncavallo, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, and Gojong of Korea. After him are Carl Larsson, Madam C. J. Walker, Alfred Werner, Yakov Sverdlov, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, and Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Crookes ranks 338 out of 6,924Before him are Marianne Faithfull (1946), C. F. Powell (1903), Malcolm McDowell (1943), Enid Blyton (1897), Randal Cremer (1828), and Charles Lyell (1797). After him are Millvina Dean (1912), Rod Stewart (1945), Ian McShane (1942), Arthur Eddington (1882), Harold Pinter (1930), and Thomas Paine (1737).

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 Soddy (1877), and Frederick Sanger (1918). After him are Arthur Harden (1865), Francis William Aston (1877), Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861), Norman Haworth (1883), Robert Robinson (1886), and Henry Hallett Dale (1875).