Harold Urey

1893 - 1981

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Harold Clayton Urey ( YOOR-ee; April 29, 1893 – January 5, 1981) was an American physical chemist whose pioneering work on isotopes earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934 for the discovery of deuterium. He played a significant role in the development of the atom bomb, as well as contributing to theories on the development of organic life from non-living matter. Born in Walkerton, Indiana, Urey studied thermodynamics under Gilbert N. Lewis at the University of California, Berkeley. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harold Urey has received more than 454,464 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Harold Urey is the 115th most popular chemist (down from 93rd in 2019), the 705th most popular biography from United States (up from 712th in 2019) and the 15th most popular American Chemist.

Harold Urey was a chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934 for his discovery of deuterium, a heavy isotope of hydrogen.

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Among chemists, Harold Urey ranks 115 out of 602Before him are Per Teodor Cleve, Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted, Akira Suzuki, Fritz Albert Lipmann, Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, and Richard Laurence Millington Synge. After him are Archer Martin, Vincent du Vigneaud, Gerhard Ertl, Ernst Otto Fischer, Manfred Eigen, and Robert Burns Woodward.

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Among people born in 1893, Harold Urey ranks 27Before him are Albert Szent-Györgyi, Paramahansa Yogananda, Omar Bradley, Prajadhipok, Hattie McDaniel, and George Grosz. After him are Damdin Sükhbaatar, Hermann Balck, Qazi Muhammad, Fritz Perls, Andrés Segovia, and Juana Bormann. Among people deceased in 1981, Harold Urey ranks 20Before him are Odd Hassel, Eugenio Montale, Béla Guttmann, René Clair, Joe Louis, and Omar Bradley. After him are Mohammad-Ali Rajai, Marcel Breuer, William Saroyan, Samuel Barber, A. J. Cronin, and Karl Böhm.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Harold Urey ranks 705 out of 20,380Before him are Cyndi Lauper (1953), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1977), Hattie McDaniel (1893), Kevin Bacon (1958), H. L. Mencken (1880), and Sally Field (1946). After him are Billie Jean King (1943), John McCarthy (1927), Nat King Cole (1919), Lee Marvin (1924), Kenny Rogers (1938), and John Deere (1804).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Harold Urey ranks 15Before him are Theodore William Richards (1868), James B. Sumner (1887), Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893), Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927), Stanford Moore (1913), and Paul Berg (1926). After him are Vincent du Vigneaud (1901), Robert Burns Woodward (1917), Raymond Davis Jr. (1914), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), William Howard Stein (1911), and Glenn T. Seaborg (1912).