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Manfred Eigen

1927 - 2019

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Manfred Eigen (German pronunciation: [ˈmanˌfʁeːt ˈaɪ̯ɡn̩] (listen); 9 May 1927 – 6 February 2019) was a German biophysical chemist who won the 1967 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on measuring fast chemical reactions.Eigen's research helped solve major problems in physical chemistry and aided in the understanding of chemical processes that occur in living organisms. In later years, he explored the biochemical roots of life and evolution. He worked to install a multidisciplinary program at the Max Planck Institute to study the underpinnings of life at the molecular level. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Manfred Eigen has received more than 164,439 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Manfred Eigen is the 96th most popular chemist (up from 134th in 2019), the 618th most popular biography from Germany (up from 868th in 2019) and the 24th most popular German Chemist.

Manfred Eigen is most famous for his work on the theory of the chemical origin of life. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1967.

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Among chemists, Manfred Eigen ranks 96 out of 509Before him are Clara Immerwahr, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Edward Adelbert Doisy, Harold Urey, Paul Hermann Müller, and Artturi Ilmari Virtanen. After him are Norman Haworth, Vladimir Prelog, Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted, Stanley B. Prusiner, Gerhard Ertl, and Yves Chauvin.

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Among people born in 1927, Manfred Eigen ranks 32Before him are Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium, Martin Lewis Perl, Don Shirley, Robert Ludlum, Hubert de Givenchy, and Robert Hossein. After him are Harry Belafonte, Emmanuelle Riva, Angelo Sodano, Mary Higgins Clark, Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad, and K. Alex Müller. Among people deceased in 2019, Manfred Eigen ranks 31Before him are João Gilberto, Bibi Andersson, Murray Gell-Mann, Albert Finney, Andrea Camilleri, and Bert Hellinger. After him are Tony Buzan, Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Gordon Banks, Mariss Jansons, Beji Caid Essebsi, and B. J. Habibie.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Manfred Eigen ranks 618 out of 6,142Before him are Erich Koch (1896), Sophia Dorothea of Hanover (1687), Bert Hellinger (1925), Otto Loewi (1873), Albert Göring (1895), and William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1852). After him are Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria (1727), Adam of Bremen (null), August Horch (1868), Franz Stuck (1863), Curd Jürgens (1915), and Fritz Perls (1893).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, Manfred Eigen ranks 24Before him are Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner (1780), Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1743), Hermann Staudinger (1881), Karl Ziegler (1898), Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604), and Felix Hoffmann (1868). After him are Gerhard Ertl (1936), Heinrich Otto Wieland (1877), Georg Ernst Stahl (1659), Joachim Sauer (1949), Ernst Chain (1906), and Ernst Otto Fischer (1918).