Stanley Miller

1930 - 2007

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Stanley Lloyd Miller (March 7, 1930 – May 20, 2007) was an American chemist who made landmark experiments in 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 carried out the Miller–Urey experiment, which showed that complex organic molecules could be synthesised from inorganic precursors. The experiment was widely reported, and provided support for the idea that the chemical evolution of the early Earth had led to the natural synthesis of chemical building blocks of life from inanimate inorganic molecules. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stanley Miller has received more than 264,270 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Stanley Miller is the 147th most popular chemist (up from 198th in 2019), the 1,127th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,146th in 2019) and the 23rd 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 147 out of 510Before him are John Frederic Daniell, Clara Immerwahr, Edward Adelbert Doisy, Akira Suzuki, John Newlands, and Cyril Norman Hinshelwood. After him are Robert S. Mulliken, William Howard Stein, Georg Wittig, August Wilhelm von Hofmann, Joachim Frank, and Robert F. Furchgott.

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Among people born in 1930, Stanley Miller ranks 66Before him are Johan Galtung, John Young, Derek Walcott, Reinhard Selten, Akira Suzuki, and Jesús Franco. After him are Gérard Genette, Harvey Milk, William C. Campbell, Richard Donner, David Dacko, and Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen. Among people deceased in 2007, Stanley Miller ranks 34Before him are Lois Maxwell, Henri Troyat, Paul Watzlawick, Ian Smith, Vladimir Kryuchkov, and Pierre-Gilles de Gennes. After him are Paul Lauterbur, Barry Nelson, Ike Turner, Jaan Kross, Abdul Rahman Arif, and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker.

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Among people born in United States, Stanley Miller ranks 1,127 out of 15,968Before him are John Franklin Enders (1897), Chevy Chase (1943), Edna Purviance (1895), George Carlin (1937), Tori Amos (1963), and Laurence Fishburne (1961). After him are Robert S. Mulliken (1896), Julian Schwinger (1918), Daniel Goleman (1946), Dean Reed (1938), Jennifer Grey (1960), and George C. Scott (1927).

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Among chemists born in United States, Stanley Miller ranks 23Before him are Wallace Carothers (1896), Robert Burns Woodward (1917), Vincent du Vigneaud (1901), Christian B. Anfinsen (1916), Stanley B. Prusiner (1942), and Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893). After him are Robert S. Mulliken (1896), William Howard Stein (1911), Robert F. Furchgott (1916), Paul Lauterbur (1929), Jerome Karle (1918), and Stanford Moore (1913).