Linus Pauling

1901 - 1994

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Linus Carl Pauling ( PAW-ling; February 28, 1901 – August 19, 1994) was an American chemist, biochemist, chemical engineer, peace activist, author, and educator. He published more than 1,200 papers and books, of which about 850 dealt with scientific topics. New Scientist called him one of the 20 greatest scientists of all time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Linus Pauling has received more than 3,453,048 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 94 in 2019). Linus Pauling is the 18th most popular chemist (down from 13th in 2019), the 175th most popular biography from United States (down from 127th in 2019) and the most popular American Chemist.

Linus Pauling is most famous for his work in chemistry, specifically in the field of quantum chemistry. He is the only person to have won two unshared Nobel Prizes.

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Over the past year Linus Pauling has had the most page views in the with 433,882 views, followed by Spanish (100,432), and German (53,421). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Mazandarani (93,700.00%), Pashto (138.30%), and Hakka (121.11%)


Among chemists, Linus Pauling ranks 18 out of 602Before him are Fritz Haber, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Wilhelm Ostwald, Otto Hahn, Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, and Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac. After him are Edwin McMillan, Friedrich Wöhler, Paul Karrer, William Ramsay, Emil Fischer, and Eduard Buchner.

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Among people born in 1901, Linus Pauling ranks 13Before him are Louis Armstrong, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Jacques Lacan, Sukarno, Fulgencio Batista, and Ngo Dinh Diem. After him are Clark Gable, Rudolf Höss, Alberto Giacometti, Princess Märtha of Sweden, Magda Goebbels, and Paul of Greece. Among people deceased in 1994, Linus Pauling ranks 11Before him are Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Erich Honecker, Eugène Ionesco, Elias Canetti, Erik Erikson, and Ayrton Senna. After him are Giulietta Masina, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Burt Lancaster, Andrei Chikatilo, and Harry Nilsson.

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Among people born in United States, Linus Pauling ranks 175 out of 20,380Before him are William James Sidis (1898), Judy Garland (1922), Samuel L. Jackson (1948), Sitting Bull (1831), Tom Cruise (1962), and John Travolta (1954). After him are James Watson (1928), Ray Bradbury (1920), Clark Gable (1901), Robert K. Merton (1910), Geronimo (1829), and Gene Cernan (1934).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Linus Pauling ranks 1After him are Edwin McMillan (1907), John Howard Northrop (1891), John Stith Pemberton (1831), 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).