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. After he received his PhD in 1923, he was awarded a fellowship by the American-Scandinavian Foundation to study at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harold Urey has received more than 340,066 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Harold Urey is the 73rd most popular chemist (up from 75th in 2019), the 629th most popular biography from United States (down from 514th in 2019) and the 6th 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 73 out of 510Before him are George de Hevesy, Richard Adolf Zsigmondy, Hans Fischer, Johann Rudolf Glauber, Kary Mullis, and Adolf Windaus. After him are Melvin Calvin, Wendell Meredith Stanley, Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Arne Tiselius, Felix Hoffmann, and Irving Langmuir.

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Among people born in 1893, Harold Urey ranks 20Before him are Soong Ching-ling, Harold Lloyd, Roland Freisler, Lazar Kaganovich, George Grosz, and Chaim Soutine. After him are Albert Szent-Györgyi, Andrés Segovia, Hattie McDaniel, Omar Bradley, Damdin Sükhbaatar, and Paramahansa Yogananda. Among people deceased in 1981, Harold Urey ranks 17Before him are Soong Ching-ling, Natalie Wood, William Holden, A. J. Cronin, Béla Guttmann, and Joe Louis. After him are René Clair, Samuel Barber, Omar Bradley, William Saroyan, Odd Hassel, and Hideki Yukawa.

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Among people born in United States, Harold Urey ranks 629 out of 15,968Before him are Joe Louis (1914), Philip Johnson (1906), Bill Cosby (1937), Diana Ross (1944), Paul Allen (1953), and Charles Greeley Abbot (1872). After him are Melvin Calvin (1911), Mickey Rooney (1920), F. Murray Abraham (1939), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), Alan Arkin (1934), and Donna Summer (1948).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Harold Urey ranks 6Before him are Linus Pauling (1901), Edwin McMillan (1907), Gertrude B. Elion (1918), John Stith Pemberton (1831), and Kary Mullis (1944). After him are Melvin Calvin (1911), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), Irving Langmuir (1881), Theodore William Richards (1868), John Howard Northrop (1891), and Gilbert N. Lewis (1875).