William E. Thornton

1929 - 2021

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William Edgar Thornton (April 14, 1929 – January 11, 2021) was an American NASA astronaut. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from University of North Carolina and a doctorate in medicine, also from UNC. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William E. Thornton has received more than 53,980 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. William E. Thornton is the 244th most popular astronaut (down from 225th in 2019), the 9,005th most popular biography from United States (down from 7,242nd in 2019) and the 99th most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, William E. Thornton ranks 244 out of 524Before him are Gennadi Manakov, Jerry L. Ross, Bonnie J. Dunbar, Mary L. Cleave, Nikolai Budarin, and Aleksandr Nikolayevich Balandin. After him are Akihiko Hoshide, John Casper, Scott Kelly, Yury Onufriyenko, Eugene H. Trinh, and Robert F. Overmyer.

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Among people born in 1929, William E. Thornton ranks 399Before him are Red Amick, Jerry Adler, Johnny Ace, Joseph Mascolo, Ronnie Allen, and Desmond Hoyte. After him are Buck Owens, Utpal Dutt, Brian Friel, Amanda Blake, Nirmala Deshpande, and Giacomo Capuzzi. Among people deceased in 2021, William E. Thornton ranks 16Before him are Vassilis Alexakis, Rush Limbaugh, Colin Bell, Gimax, Peter Mark Richman, and Bernd Kannenberg. After him are Vladimir Kiselyov, Marielle de Sarnez, Julie Strain, Sylvain Sylvain, David Khakhaleishvili, and Cléber Eduardo Arado.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William E. Thornton ranks 9,005 out of 15,968Before him are Barbara Loden (1932), Levi Leipheimer (1973), Billy Porter (1969), Janine Turner (1962), Lee Calhoun (1933), and Ruth Roland (1892). After him are Brad Anderson (1964), Walker Percy (1916), Nelly (1974), Jim Hall (1935), Eddie Cahill (1978), and Anikka Albrite (1988).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, William E. Thornton ranks 99Before him are Gerald Carr (1932), Janice E. Voss (1956), John Oliver Creighton (1943), Jerry L. Ross (1948), Bonnie J. Dunbar (1949), and Mary L. Cleave (1947). After him are John Casper (1943), Scott Kelly (1964), Robert F. Overmyer (1936), Norman Thagard (1943), Loren Shriver (1944), and Margaret Rhea Seddon (1947).