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. In May 1886, he developed an early version of a beverage that would later become Coca-Cola, but sold his rights to the drink shortly before his death. He suffered from a sabre wound sustained in April 1865, during the Battle of Columbus; his ensuing morphine addiction led him to experiment with various painkillers and toxins. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Stith Pemberton has received more than 715,174 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). John Stith Pemberton is the 60th most popular chemist (down from 33rd in 2019), the 585th most popular biography from United States (down from 271st 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 60 out of 510Before him are Gertrude B. Elion, Adolf Butenandt, Fritz Pregl, Theodor Svedberg, Karl Ziegler, and Michel Eugène Chevreul. After him are Gerty Cori, Casimir Funk, Dorothy Hodgkin, Jacques Monod, Vladimir Prelog, and Frederick Gowland Hopkins.

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Among people born in 1831, John Stith Pemberton ranks 11Before him are Xianfeng Emperor, James A. Garfield, Richard Dedekind, Emperor Kōmei, Leo von Caprivi, and Naser al-Din Shah Qajar. After him are Johann Martin Schleyer, Cheoljong of Joseon, Eduard Suess, Joseph Joachim, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, and Savitribai Phule. Among people deceased in 1888, John Stith Pemberton ranks 8Before him are Frederick III, German Emperor, John Bosco, Rudolf Clausius, Carl Zeiss, Louisa May Alcott, and Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria. After him are Nikolay Przhevalsky, Charles-Valentin Alkan, François Achille Bazaine, Ascanio Sobrero, Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine, and Mary Jane Kelly.

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Among people born in United States, John Stith Pemberton ranks 585 out of 15,968Before him are Bing Crosby (1903), Ruth Benedict (1887), Albert Ellis (1913), Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), Les Paul (1915), and George R. R. Martin (1948). After him are Bradley Cooper (1975), Reese Witherspoon (1976), Mia Farrow (1945), Carl Barks (1901), Priscilla Presley (1945), and Nelson Rockefeller (1908).

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 Gertrude B. Elion (1918). After him are Kary Mullis (1944), Harold Urey (1893), Melvin Calvin (1911), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), Irving Langmuir (1881), Theodore William Richards (1868), John Howard Northrop (1891), and Gilbert N. Lewis (1875).