Wolfgang Paul

1913 - 1993

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Wolfgang Paul (German pronunciation: [ˈvɔlfɡaŋ ˈpaʊ̯l] (listen); 10 August 1913 – 7 December 1993) was a German physicist, who co-developed the non-magnetic quadrupole mass filter which laid the foundation for what is now called an ion trap. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wolfgang Paul has received more than 135,652 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Wolfgang Paul is the 207th most popular physicist (down from 182nd in 2019), the 800th most popular biography from Germany (down from 551st in 2019) and the 29th most popular German Physicist.

Wolfgang Paul is most famous for his discovery of the element Hafnium.

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Among physicists, Wolfgang Paul ranks 207 out of 721Before him are Abdus Salam, John Vincent Atanasoff, Isamu Akasaki, John Archibald Wheeler, James Cronin, and James Rainwater. After him are Joseph Plateau, Edward Mills Purcell, Jim Peebles, Kai Siegbahn, Robert Hofstadter, and Frederick Reines.

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Among people born in 1913, Wolfgang Paul ranks 40Before him are Erich Priebke, Silvio Piola, Artur Axmann, Roger Wolcott Sperry, Willis Lamb, and René Clément. After him are Mehmet Shehu, Muddy Waters, Masanobu Fukuoka, Charles Trenet, Aimé Césaire, and Irwin Shaw. Among people deceased in 1993, Wolfgang Paul ranks 26Before him are Kōbō Abe, André the Giant, Dizzy Gillespie, Polykarp Kusch, Lillian Gish, and Vincent Price. After him are Brandon Lee, Cantinflas, Léon Theremin, Bobby Moore, Yuri Lotman, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Wolfgang Paul ranks 800 out of 5,289Before him are Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick (1735), Frederick Augustus III of Saxony (1865), Albert Göring (1895), Gotthard Kettler (1517), Anna Seghers (1900), and Agnes of Merania (1175). After him are Wilhelm Cuno (1876), John George III, Elector of Saxony (1647), Carl Friedrich Abel (1723), Frank Farian (1941), Tannhäuser (1205), and Maurice, Elector of Saxony (1521).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Wolfgang Paul ranks 29Before him are Hans Geiger (1882), Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742), Julius von Mayer (1814), Rudolf Mössbauer (1929), Hans Georg Dehmelt (1922), and Polykarp Kusch (1911). After him are Carl von Linde (1842), Gerd Binnig (1947), Max Delbrück (1906), Klaus Fuchs (1911), Herbert Kroemer (1928), and Ludwig Prandtl (1875).