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 279,255 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia. Melvin Calvin is the 74th most popular chemist (down from 59th in 2019), the 630th most popular biography from United States (down from 444th in 2019) and the 7th 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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Among chemists, Melvin Calvin ranks 74 out of 510Before him are Richard Adolf Zsigmondy, Hans Fischer, Johann Rudolf Glauber, Kary Mullis, Adolf Windaus, and Harold Urey. After him are Wendell Meredith Stanley, Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Arne Tiselius, Felix Hoffmann, Irving Langmuir, and Antoni Grabowski.

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Among people born in 1911, Melvin Calvin ranks 22Before him are Mikhail Botvinnik, Robert Johnson, Czesław Miłosz, Tennessee Williams, Joseph Barbera, and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. After him are Lê Đức Thọ, Wilhelm Mohnke, L. Ron Hubbard, Maurice Allais, Max Frisch, and Ginger Rogers. Among people deceased in 1997, Melvin Calvin ranks 26Before him are Bảo Đại, Bohumil Hrabal, Isaiah Berlin, Clyde Tombaugh, Fred Zinnemann, and Dora Maar. After him are Robert Mitchum, Aldo Rossi, Helenio Herrera, Willem de Kooning, Burgess Meredith, and Otto Ernst Remer.

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Among people born in United States, Melvin Calvin ranks 630 out of 15,968Before him are Philip Johnson (1906), Bill Cosby (1937), Diana Ross (1944), Paul Allen (1953), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), and Harold Urey (1893). After him are Mickey Rooney (1920), F. Murray Abraham (1939), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), Alan Arkin (1934), Donna Summer (1948), and Frances Farmer (1913).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Melvin Calvin ranks 7Before him are Linus Pauling (1901), Edwin McMillan (1907), Gertrude B. Elion (1918), John Stith Pemberton (1831), Kary Mullis (1944), and Harold Urey (1893). After him are Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), Irving Langmuir (1881), Theodore William Richards (1868), John Howard Northrop (1891), Gilbert N. Lewis (1875), and Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927).