Melvin Calvin

1911 - 1997

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Melvin Ellis Calvin (April 8, 1911 – January 8, 1997) was an American biochemist known for discovering the Calvin cycle along with Andrew Benson and James Bassham, for which he was awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Melvin Calvin has received more than 342,993 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Melvin Calvin is the 52nd most popular chemist (up from 58th in 2019), the 417th most popular biography from United States (up from 504th in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Chemist.

Melvin Calvin is most famous for his research in the field of organic chemistry. He is most well known for his work with the Calvin cycle, which he discovered in the 1950s.

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Over the past year Melvin Calvin has had the most page views in the with 36,891 views, followed by Spanish (9,560), and Chinese (5,355). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Sinhalese (908.00%), Hakka (212.92%), and Egyptian Arabic (51.67%)


Among chemists, Melvin Calvin ranks 52 out of 602Before him are Alfred Werner, Paul Sabatier, Friedrich Bergius, Frederick Sanger, Arthur Harden, and Fritz Pregl. After him are Frederick Soddy, Adolf Windaus, Victor Grignard, Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, Arne Tiselius, and Jacques Monod.

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Among people born in 1911, Melvin Calvin ranks 18Before him are William Golding, Nino Rota, Czesław Miłosz, Mikhail Botvinnik, Marshall McLuhan, and Jack Ruby. After him are Lê Đức Thọ, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, Robert Johnson, Tennessee Williams, Klaus Fuchs, and Maurice Allais. Among people deceased in 1997, Melvin Calvin ranks 14Before him are Mobutu Sese Seko, Toshiro Mifune, Victor Vasarely, Gianni Versace, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, and Paulo Freire. After him are The Notorious B.I.G., Roy Lichtenstein, Bohumil Hrabal, Chaim Herzog, Sviatoslav Richter, and Hans Eysenck.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Melvin Calvin ranks 417 out of 20,380Before him are Paul Tibbets (1915), Willis Carrier (1876), Kurt Vonnegut (1922), Jon Brower Minnoch (1941), Charles Francis Richter (1900), and Herman Hollerith (1860). After him are Jesse James (1847), William McKinley (1843), Kim Basinger (1953), Natalie Wood (1938), Ed Gein (1906), and Jessica Lange (1949).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Melvin Calvin ranks 6Before him are Linus Pauling (1901), Edwin McMillan (1907), John Howard Northrop (1891), John Stith Pemberton (1831), and Gertrude B. Elion (1918). After him are Irving Langmuir (1881), Gilbert N. Lewis (1875), Theodore William Richards (1868), James B. Sumner (1887), Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893), and Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927).