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Edwin McMillan

1907 - 1991

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Edwin Mattison McMillan (September 18, 1907 – September 7, 1991) was an American physicist credited with being the first to produce a transuranium element, neptunium. For this, he shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Glenn Seaborg. A graduate of California Institute of Technology, he earned his doctorate from Princeton University in 1933, and joined the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory where he discovered oxygen-15 and beryllium-10. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edwin McMillan has received more than 195,957 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Edwin McMillan is the 23rd most popular chemist (up from 28th in 2019), the 218th most popular biography from United States (up from 321st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Chemist.

Edwin McMillan was most famous for the discovery of the first transuranium element, neptunium.

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Among chemists, Edwin McMillan ranks 23 out of 509Before him are Friedrich Wöhler, Otto Hahn, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, Humphry Davy, Emil Fischer, and Albert Hofmann. After him are Henri Moissan, Alfred Werner, Eduard Buchner, Otto Wallach, Justus von Liebig, and Adolf von Baeyer.

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Among people born in 1907, Edwin McMillan ranks 7Before him are Frida Kahlo, Astrid Lindgren, Claus von Stauffenberg, Katharine Hepburn, Oscar Niemeyer, and John Wayne. After him are Mircea Eliade, Hergé, Laurence Olivier, Rachel Carson, Alberto Moravia, and Yakov Dzhugashvili. Among people deceased in 1991, Edwin McMillan ranks 8Before him are Dr. Seuss, Vasily Zaitsev, Olav V of Norway, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Serge Gainsbourg, and Miles Davis. After him are Yves Montand, Klaus Kinski, Jiang Qing, Klaus Barbie, Graham Greene, and Carl David Anderson.

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Among people born in United States, Edwin McMillan ranks 218 out of 18,182Before him are Buster Keaton (1895), J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904), Quentin Tarantino (1963), Miles Davis (1926), James Brown (1933), and Frank Zappa (1940). After him are Walt Whitman (1819), John Travolta (1954), Tim Cook (1960), Andrew Jackson (1767), Robert Wadlow (1918), and Patti Smith (1946).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Edwin McMillan ranks 2Before him are Linus Pauling (1901). After him are John Stith Pemberton (1831), Gertrude B. Elion (1918), Melvin Calvin (1911), Kary Mullis (1944), Irving Langmuir (1881), John Howard Northrop (1891), Theodore William Richards (1868), Gilbert N. Lewis (1875), Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927), and Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893).