Alice Ball

1892 - 1916

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Alice Augusta Ball (July 24, 1892 – December 31, 1916) was an American chemist who developed the "Ball Method" for making ethyl ester derivatives of chaulmoogra oil, which were used as a treatment for leprosy during the early 20th century. She was the first woman and first African American to receive a master's degree from the University of Hawaiʻi, and was also the university's first female and African American chemistry professor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alice Ball has received more than 616,370 page views. Her biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Alice Ball is the 312th most popular chemist (down from 306th in 2019), the 2,207th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,334th in 2019) and the 65th most popular American Chemist.

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Among chemists, Alice Ball ranks 312 out of 602Before her are Max Joseph von Pettenkofer, Théophile-Jules Pelouze, Yuan T. Lee, Thomas Cech, Alexander Shulgin, and J. D. Bernal. After her are William Prout, Torbern Bergman, Frederick Abel, William E. Moerner, Edward Frankland, and M. Stanley Whittingham.

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Among people born in 1892, Alice Ball ranks 91Before her are Jack L. Warner, Stanisław Sosabowski, Arnold Hauser, Reinhold Niebuhr, Konstantin Paustovsky, and Rashid Ali al-Gaylani. After her are Radola Gajda, Djuna Barnes, Nikolai Polikarpov, Agnes Smedley, Ivan Šubašić, and Dietrich von Saucken. Among people deceased in 1916, Alice Ball ranks 62Before her are Paolo Tosti, Thomas Eakins, Princess Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Oswald Boelcke, and Thibaw Min. After her are Isa Boletini, Marie Bracquemond, Oskar Backlund, Herbert Kilpin, Şehzade Yusuf Izzeddin, and Friedrich Ernst Dorn.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Alice Ball ranks 2,207 out of 20,380Before her are Linda Evans (1942), Richard Ford (1944), Paul Marcinkus (1922), Billy Gibbons (1949), Suzanne Collins (1962), and Kim Hunter (1922). After her are Raymond E. Feist (1945), Selena Gomez (1992), William Le Baron Jenney (1832), Gloria Steinem (1934), Robert Sternberg (1949), and Brenda Lee (1944).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Alice Ball ranks 65Before her are Robert H. Grubbs (1942), Thomas Midgley Jr. (1889), Richard R. Schrock (1945), Earl Wilbur Sutherland Jr. (1915), Thomas Cech (1947), and Alexander Shulgin (1925). After her are William E. Moerner (1953), Louis E. Brus (1943), Frances Arnold (1956), Roger Y. Tsien (1952), Roderick MacKinnon (1956), and Edward Calvin Kendall (1972).