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Melvin Calvin

1911 - 1997

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Melvin Ellis Calvin (April 8, 1912 – 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 298,370 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Melvin Calvin is the 58th most popular chemist (up from 74th in 2019), the 504th most popular biography from United States (up from 630th in 2019) and the 5th 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 58 out of 509Before him are Paul Sabatier, Fritz Pregl, Adolf Butenandt, Hans Fischer, Kurt Alder, and Jacques Monod. After him are Claude Louis Berthollet, Kary Mullis, Friedrich Bergius, Irving Langmuir, Tadeusz Reichstein, and Adolf Windaus.

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Among people born in 1911, Melvin Calvin ranks 20Before him are Marshall McLuhan, Czesław Miłosz, Jack Ruby, Robert Johnson, Mikhail Botvinnik, and Tennessee Williams. After him are Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, William Alfred Fowler, Wilhelm Mohnke, Joseph Barbera, Lê Đức Thọ, and Maurice Allais. Among people deceased in 1997, Melvin Calvin ranks 21Before him are Bohumil Hrabal, The Notorious B.I.G., Hans Eysenck, Isaiah Berlin, William S. Burroughs, and Sviatoslav Richter. After him are Robert Mitchum, Allen Ginsberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Bảo Đại, Fred Zinnemann, and Aldo Rossi.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Melvin Calvin ranks 504 out of 18,182Before him are Richard Widmark (1914), Owen Chamberlain (1920), Jeffrey Epstein (1953), Harriet Tubman (1820), Paul Simon (1941), and Elinor Ostrom (1933). After him are Ruth Benedict (1887), Immanuel Wallerstein (1930), Florence Foster Jenkins (1868), John Kerry (1943), Robert Mitchum (1917), and Leonard Nimoy (1931).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Melvin Calvin ranks 5Before him are Linus Pauling (1901), Edwin McMillan (1907), John Stith Pemberton (1831), and Gertrude B. Elion (1918). After him are Kary Mullis (1944), Irving Langmuir (1881), John Howard Northrop (1891), Theodore William Richards (1868), Gilbert N. Lewis (1875), Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927), and Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893).