CHEMIST

George Andrew Olah

1927 - 2017

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George Andrew Olah (born Oláh András György; May 22, 1927 – March 8, 2017) was a Hungarian chemist. After the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, he emigrated to the United Kingdom, which he left for Canada in 1964, finally resettling in the United States in 1965. His research involved the generation and reactivity of carbocations via superacids. For this research, Olah was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1994 "for his contribution to carbocation chemistry." He was also awarded the Priestley Medal, the highest honor granted by the American Chemical Society and F.A. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Andrew Olah has received more than 162,143 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). George Andrew Olah is the 155th most popular chemist (down from 133rd in 2019), the 93rd most popular biography from Hungary (down from 90th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Chemist.

George Andrew Olah is most famous for being a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry. He won the award in 1994 for his work with carbocations.

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Among CHEMISTS

Among chemists, George Andrew Olah ranks 155 out of 509Before him are Hennig Brand, Ignacy Mościcki, Paul Lauterbur, Stanley Miller, Paul Flory, and Harry Kroto. After him are John Frederic Daniell, Wilfrid Voynich, Heinrich Gustav Magnus, Satoshi Ōmura, Akira Suzuki, and Robert Bruce Merrifield.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1927, George Andrew Olah ranks 49Before him are Rosalynn Carter, Rosemary Harris, Juan Almeida Bosque, John McCarthy, Harry Markowitz, and Hans-Dietrich Genscher. After him are Lois Maxwell, Daniel Keyes, Phil Hill, Robert Noyce, Eduardo Martínez Somalo, and Sydney Brenner. Among people deceased in 2017, George Andrew Olah ranks 54Before him are Emma Morano, Chester Bennington, Mauno Koivisto, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Powers Boothe, and Jonathan Demme. After him are Harry Dean Stanton, Adam West, Georges Prêtre, Giovanni Sartori, Oliver Smithies, and Derek Walcott.

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In Hungary

Among people born in Hungary, George Andrew Olah ranks 93 out of 866Before him are Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria (1831), Ladislaus II of Hungary (1131), Georg von Békésy (1899), Ferdinand Čatloš (1895), Kinga of Poland (1224), and Ladislaus III of Hungary (1199). After him are Georg Solti (1912), Felix Salten (1869), Saint Margaret of Scotland (1045), József Mindszenty (1892), Döme Sztójay (1883), and Piali Pasha (1515).

Among CHEMISTS In Hungary

Among chemists born in Hungary, George Andrew Olah ranks 3Before him are George de Hevesy (1885) and Avram Hershko (1937). After him are Katalin Karikó (1955), Mária Telkes (1900), and Michael Polanyi (1891).