Willis Lamb

1913 - 2008

Willis Lamb

Willis Eugene Lamb Jr. (; July 12, 1913 – May 15, 2008) was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1955 "for his discoveries concerning the fine structure of the hydrogen spectrum." The Nobel Committee that year awarded half the prize to Lamb and the other half to Polykarp Kusch, who won "for his precision determination of the magnetic moment of the electron." Lamb was able to determine precisely a surprising shift in electron energies in a hydrogen atom (see Lamb shift). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Willis Lamb has received more than 116,892 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 155th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Willis Lamb ranks 154 out of 659Before him are Hans Bethe, Javier Solana, Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron, Auguste Piccard, Maurice Wilkins, and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. After him are Hans Georg Dehmelt, Josiah Willard Gibbs, Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Polykarp Kusch, Benjamin Thompson, and Leo Szilard.

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Among people born in 1913, Willis Lamb ranks 26Before him are Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona, Bảo Đại, Josef Bican, Sabiha Gökçen, Frances Farmer, and Kenzō Tange. After him are Paul Erdős, Werner Mölders, Roger Garaudy, Erich Priebke, Wolfgang Paul, and Leônidas. Among people deceased in 2008, Willis Lamb ranks 20Before him are Jørn Utzon, Harold Pinter, Sydney Pollack, Miriam Makeba, Richard Widmark, and Alain Robbe-Grillet. After him are Richard Wright, Jules Dassin, Roy Scheider, Michael Crichton, Heath Ledger, and Yma Sumac.

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Among people born in United States, Willis Lamb ranks 537 out of 12,171Before him are Donald Rumsfeld (1932), Les Paul (1915), Jack Kilby (1923), George Eastman (1854), Goldie Hawn (1945), and Ellen G. White (1827). After him are Richard Kiel (1939), Francis Fukuyama (1952), Lana Turner (1921), Carl Barks (1901), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), and Jodie Foster (1962).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Willis Lamb ranks 18Before him are Murray Gell-Mann (1929), John Robert Schrieffer (1931), Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), Joseph Henry (1797), Donald A. Glaser (1926), and Leon Cooper (1930). After him are Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), Benjamin Thompson (1753), Kip Thorne (1940), Martin Lewis Perl (1927), Steven Weinberg (1933), and James Cronin (1931).