American physicist and academic known for inventing the Van de Graaff generator, an electrostatic generator that uses a moving belt to accumulate electric charge on a hollow metal globe and creates very high electric potentials.
The biographical Wikipedia pages get a huge boost in traffic the day the person dies. This is but natural because they would be featured in the news and web users would typically like to know more. But what is surprising is that nine out of ten pages of the online encyclopaedia that have received more than 1 million views in a day have been of celebrities on the day they died. [more...]