Karl Barry Sharpless

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Karl Barry Sharpless (born April 28, 1941) is an American stereochemist. He is a two-time Nobel laureate in Chemistry known for his work on stereoselective reactions and click chemistry. Sharpless was awarded half of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his work on chirally catalysed oxidation reactions", and one third of the 2022 prize, jointly with Carolyn R. Bertozzi and Morten P. Meldal, "for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Barry Sharpless has received more than 552,397 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Karl Barry Sharpless is the 157th most popular chemist (up from 252nd in 2019), the 1,003rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,648th in 2019) and the 27th most popular American Chemist.

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Among chemists, Karl Barry Sharpless ranks 157 out of 602Before him are Julius Axelrod, Yves Chauvin, Georg Ernst Stahl, Johann Deisenhofer, George Porter, and Kary Mullis. After him are Robert Huber, Jerome Karle, John Frederic Daniell, Bengt I. Samuelsson, Harry Kroto, and Stanislao Cannizzaro.

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Among people born in 1941, Karl Barry Sharpless ranks 72Before him are Jürgen Prochnow, Chick Corea, Franco Columbu, Milan Kučan, Jules A. Hoffmann, and Ritchie Valens. After him are Cass Elliot, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Linda McCartney, Vladimir Voronin, Mohamed Ghannouchi, and Paul Anka.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Karl Barry Sharpless ranks 1,003 out of 20,380Before him are Anton LaVey (1930), Tony Bennett (1926), Roger Zelazny (1937), Kary Mullis (1944), John Gotti (1940), and Sherwood Anderson (1876). After him are John Franklin Enders (1897), Jerry Bruckheimer (1943), Louise Fletcher (1934), Mae West (1893), Nettie Stevens (1861), and Meat Loaf (1947).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Karl Barry Sharpless ranks 27Before him are Glenn T. Seaborg (1912), Willard Libby (1908), Christian B. Anfinsen (1916), Arthur Kornberg (1918), Julius Axelrod (1912), and Kary Mullis (1944). After him are Jerome Karle (1918), Paul Flory (1910), Robert F. Furchgott (1916), Robert W. Holley (1922), Richard F. Heck (1931), and Stanley Miller (1930).