Kary Mullis

1944 - 2019

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Kary Banks Mullis (December 28, 1944 – August 7, 2019) was an American biochemist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kary Mullis has received more than 1,790,187 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Kary Mullis is the 71st most popular chemist (up from 219th in 2019), the 619th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,301st in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Chemist.

Kary Mullis is most famous for inventing the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique, which is used to amplify DNA sequences.

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Among chemists, Kary Mullis ranks 71 out of 510Before him are Vladimir Prelog, Frederick Gowland Hopkins, George de Hevesy, Richard Adolf Zsigmondy, Hans Fischer, and Johann Rudolf Glauber. After him are Adolf Windaus, Harold Urey, Melvin Calvin, Wendell Meredith Stanley, Martin Heinrich Klaproth, and Arne Tiselius.

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Among people born in 1944, Kary Mullis ranks 29Before him are Omar al-Bashir, Danny Trejo, Dzhokhar Dudayev, Rem Koolhaas, Ulrich Beck, and Jairzinho. After him are Diana Ross, Ronnie Peterson, Françoise Hardy, Ibrahim Rugova, Dietrich Mateschitz, and Sebastião Salgado. Among people deceased in 2019, Kary Mullis ranks 25Before him are Bibi Andersson, I. M. Pei, Albert Finney, João Gilberto, Michel Legrand, and Anna Karina. After him are Beji Caid Essebsi, Murray Gell-Mann, Ratko Janev, Li Peng, Gordon Banks, and Bert Hellinger.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Kary Mullis ranks 619 out of 15,968Before him are Owen Chamberlain (1920), Eugene O'Neill (1888), John Huston (1906), Kenny Rogers (1938), Harold Lasswell (1902), and Robert McNamara (1916). After him are John Browning (1855), Robert Ludlum (1927), Victor Fleming (1889), Joe Louis (1914), Philip Johnson (1906), and Bill Cosby (1937).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Kary Mullis ranks 5Before him are Linus Pauling (1901), Edwin McMillan (1907), Gertrude B. Elion (1918), and John Stith Pemberton (1831). After him are 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).