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Yang Chen-Ning

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Yang Chen-Ning or Chen-Ning Yang (Chinese: 杨振宁; pinyin: Yáng Zhènníng; born 1 October 1922), also known as C. N. Yang or by the English name Frank Yang, is a Chinese theoretical physicist who made significant contributions to statistical mechanics, integrable systems, gauge theory, and both particle physics and condensed matter physics. He and Tsung-Dao Lee received the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on parity non-conservation of weak interaction. The two proposed that one of the basic quantum-mechanics laws, the conservation of parity, is violated in the so-called weak nuclear reactions, those nuclear processes that result in the emission of beta or alpha particles. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yang Chen-Ning has received more than 379,737 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Yang Chen-Ning is the 188th most popular physicist (down from 165th in 2019), the 197th most popular biography from China (down from 185th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Chinese Physicist.

Yang Chen-ning was a Chinese physicist who was most famous for the Yang-Mills theory.

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Among physicists, Yang Chen-Ning ranks 188 out of 717Before him are Louis Néel, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Richard E. Taylor, Giorgio Parisi, and Gerd Binnig. After him are Satyendra Nath Bose, John Archibald Wheeler, John L. Hall, Wolfgang Paul, Frederick Reines, and Ilya Frank.

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Among people born in 1922, Yang Chen-Ning ranks 39Before him are Renata Tebaldi, Stanley Cohen, Nándor Hidegkuti, Jacques Piccard, Arthur Ashkin, and Miguel Muñoz. After him are Jason Robards, Liliane Bettencourt, Agostinho Neto, Nikolay Basov, Nils Liedholm, and Michel Galabru.

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Among people born in China, Yang Chen-Ning ranks 197 out of 1,392Before him are Yuan Shu (155), Jin Yong (1924), Donnie Yen (1963), Wang Zhaojun (-50), Kang Youwei (1858), and Li Hongzhang (1823). After him are Xiahou Dun (155), Su Shi (1037), John Woo (1946), Emperor Ling of Han (156), Li Peng (1928), and Wu Sangui (1612).


Among physicists born in China, Yang Chen-Ning ranks 2Before him are Walter Houser Brattain (1902). After him are Tsung-Dao Lee (1926), Chien-Shiung Wu (1912), Daniel C. Tsui (1939), Qian Xuesen (1911), and He Jiankui (1984).