Stanley Miller

1930 - 2007

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Stanley Lloyd Miller (March 7, 1930 – May 20, 2007) was an American chemist who made important experiments concerning the origin of life by demonstrating that a wide range of vital organic compounds can be synthesized by fairly simple chemical processes from inorganic substances. In 1952 he performed the Miller–Urey experiment, which showed that complex organic molecules could be synthesised from inorganic precursors. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stanley Miller has received more than 322,285 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Stanley Miller is the 183rd most popular chemist (down from 151st in 2019), the 1,131st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,061st in 2019) and the 33rd most popular American Chemist.

Stanley Miller is most famous for his work in the 1950s in which he attempted to recreate the conditions of the early Earth. He did this by passing an electric current through a mixture of water, methane, ammonia, and hydrogen. The experiment produced a variety of organic molecules, including amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins.

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Among chemists, Stanley Miller ranks 183 out of 602Before him are Henry Louis Le Chatelier, Giulio Natta, Robert W. Holley, Richard F. Heck, Germain Henri Hess, and John Cornforth. After him are Paul D. Boyer, John E. Walker, F. Sherwood Rowland, Nicolas Leblanc, Robert S. Mulliken, and Emil Erlenmeyer.

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Among people born in 1930, Stanley Miller ranks 67Before him are Buck Henry, Reinhard Selten, Mary Quant, Joanne Woodward, Choe Yong-rim, and Robert Aumann. After him are Gena Rowlands, Ivan Silayev, Magdalena Abakanowicz, David Dacko, Chinua Achebe, and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma. Among people deceased in 2007, Stanley Miller ranks 34Before him are Jane Wyman, Arthur Kornberg, Ashraf Marwan, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Deborah Kerr, and Ike Turner. After him are Momofuku Ando, Alan MacDiarmid, Henri Troyat, Oscar Peterson, Vladimir Kryuchkov, and Lois Maxwell.

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Among people born in United States, Stanley Miller ranks 1,131 out of 20,380Before him are Jim Belushi (1954), Donna Leon (1942), Stanley Tucci (1960), James M. Buchanan (1919), Richard S. Castellano (1933), and Ike Turner (1931). After him are Willie Nelson (1933), Will Durant (1885), Hugh David Politzer (1949), Richard Matheson (1926), Gordon Parks (1912), and James Cagney (1899).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Stanley Miller ranks 33Before him are Karl Barry Sharpless (1941), Jerome Karle (1918), Paul Flory (1910), Robert F. Furchgott (1916), Robert W. Holley (1922), and Richard F. Heck (1931). After him are Paul D. Boyer (1918), F. Sherwood Rowland (1927), Robert S. Mulliken (1896), Paul L. Modrich (1946), Robert Curl (1933), and William Standish Knowles (1917).