John Stith Pemberton

1831 - 1888

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John Stith Pemberton (July 8, 1831 – August 16, 1888) was an American pharmacist and Confederate States Army veteran who is best known as the inventor of Coca-Cola. On 8 May 1886, he developed an early version of a beverage that would later become Coca-Cola, but sold its rights to the drink shortly before his death in 1888. He suffered from a sabre wound sustained in April 1865, during the Battle of Columbus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Stith Pemberton has received more than 1,602,323 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). John Stith Pemberton is the 36th most popular chemist (down from 32nd in 2019), the 339th most popular biography from United States (down from 314th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Chemist.

John Stith Pemberton is most famous for inventing Coca-Cola.

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Among chemists, John Stith Pemberton ranks 36 out of 602Before him are John Howard Northrop, Ilya Prigogine, Walther Nernst, Robert Bunsen, Henrik Dam, and Tu Youyou. After him are Gertrude B. Elion, Carl Bosch, Henri Moissan, August Kekulé, Valery Legasov, and Adolf von Baeyer.

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Among people born in 1831, John Stith Pemberton ranks 7Before him are James Clerk Maxwell, Frederick III, German Emperor, Helena Blavatsky, Sitting Bull, James A. Garfield, and Emperor Kōmei. After him are Xianfeng Emperor, Richard Dedekind, Cheoljong of Joseon, Savitribai Phule, Leo von Caprivi, and Naser al-Din Shah Qajar. Among people deceased in 1888, John Stith Pemberton ranks 6Before him are William I, German Emperor, John Bosco, Frederick III, German Emperor, Rudolf Clausius, and Carl Zeiss. After him are Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, Louisa May Alcott, Nikolay Przhevalsky, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Anton Mauve, and François Achille Bazaine.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Stith Pemberton ranks 339 out of 20,380Before him are Joe Frazier (1944), Henry Clay (1777), Shaquille O'Neal (1972), William Henry Harrison (1773), Christopher Walken (1943), and Jared Leto (1971). After him are James Fenimore Cooper (1789), Margaret Mitchell (1900), Geraldine Chaplin (1944), Mario Puzo (1920), Sharon Stone (1958), and Gertrude B. Elion (1918).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, John Stith Pemberton ranks 4Before him are Linus Pauling (1901), Edwin McMillan (1907), and John Howard Northrop (1891). After him are Gertrude B. Elion (1918), Melvin Calvin (1911), Irving Langmuir (1881), Gilbert N. Lewis (1875), Theodore William Richards (1868), James B. Sumner (1887), Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893), and Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927).