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 nonconservation 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 218,996 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Yang Chen-Ning is the 165th most popular physicist (up from 181st in 2019), the 185th most popular biography from China (down from 164th in 2019) and the 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 165 out of 721Before him are Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Leon Cooper, Hideki Yukawa, Pyotr Kapitsa, Emilio Segrè, and Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov. After him are Willard Boyle, Nikolay Basov, Igor Kurchatov, Jacques Charles, Robert Coleman Richardson, and David Brewster.

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Among people born in 1922, Yang Chen-Ning ranks 36Before him are Telly Savalas, Agostinho Neto, Jason Robards, Miguel Muñoz, Vittorio Gassman, and Jacques Piccard. After him are Nikolay Basov, Julius Nyerere, Hans Georg Dehmelt, Nándor Hidegkuti, Renata Tebaldi, and Lucian Freud.

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Among people born in China, Yang Chen-Ning ranks 185 out of 1,186Before him are Li Peng (1928), Su Shi (1037), Tang of Shang (-1601), Jie of Xia (-1728), Wei Yan (200), and Lu Xun (183). After him are Peng Dehuai (1898), Hyeonjong of Joseon (1641), Zhang Liang (-290), Longqing Emperor (1537), Emperor Dezong of Tang (742), and Emperor Zhao of Han (-94).


Among physicists born in China, Yang Chen-Ning ranks 1After him are Walter Houser Brattain (1902), Chien-Shiung Wu (1912), Tsung-Dao Lee (1926), Daniel C. Tsui (1939), Qian Xuesen (1911), and He Jiankui (1984).