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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 384,925 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Harold Urey is the 93rd most popular chemist (down from 73rd in 2019), the 712th most popular biography from United States (down from 629th in 2019) and the 13th 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 93 out of 509Before him are Fritz Albert Lipmann, Felix Hoffmann, Ernest Solvay, Clara Immerwahr, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, and Edward Adelbert Doisy. After him are Paul Hermann Müller, Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Manfred Eigen, Norman Haworth, Vladimir Prelog, and Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted.

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Among people born in 1893, Harold Urey ranks 25Before him are Damdin Sükhbaatar, George Grosz, Paramahansa Yogananda, Andrés Segovia, Palmiro Togliatti, and Edward Adelbert Doisy. After him are Omar Bradley, Chaim Soutine, Fritz Perls, Juana Bormann, Lillian Gish, and Leslie Howard. Among people deceased in 1981, Harold Urey ranks 20Before him are Hideki Yukawa, René Clair, Béla Guttmann, Marcel Breuer, Odd Hassel, and Joe Louis. After him are William Saroyan, Omar Bradley, A. J. Cronin, Samuel Barber, Georges Brassens, and Joseph Murphy.

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Among people born in United States, Harold Urey ranks 712 out of 18,182Before him are Charles Taze Russell (1852), Scott Joplin (1868), Robert Downey Jr. (1965), Benjamin Thompson (1753), Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893), and Stanley Cohen (1922). After him are James Rainwater (1917), Wes Craven (1939), John Goodman (1952), William Saroyan (1908), Billy Graham (1918), and Maya Angelou (1928).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Harold Urey ranks 13Before him are Irving Langmuir (1881), John Howard Northrop (1891), Theodore William Richards (1868), Gilbert N. Lewis (1875), Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927), and Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893). After him are Stanley B. Prusiner (1942), Willard Libby (1908), James B. Sumner (1887), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), Stanford Moore (1913), and William Howard Stein (1911).