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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 311,424 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Stanley Miller is the 152nd most popular chemist (down from 147th in 2019), the 1,061st most popular biography from United States (up from 1,126th in 2019) and the 28th 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 152 out of 509Before him are Kurt Wüthrich, Sune Bergström, Jerome Karle, Hennig Brand, Ignacy Mościcki, and Paul Lauterbur. After him are Paul Flory, Harry Kroto, George Andrew Olah, John Frederic Daniell, Wilfrid Voynich, and Heinrich Gustav Magnus.

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Among people born in 1930, Stanley Miller ranks 63Before him are Jerome Isaac Friedman, Jean Rochefort, George E. Smith, Johan Galtung, Robert Aumann, and Harvey Milk. After him are Joanne Woodward, Jesús Franco, Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, Akira Suzuki, Luce Irigaray, and Gérard Genette. Among people deceased in 2007, Stanley Miller ranks 31Before him are Momofuku Ando, Kai Siegbahn, Nils Liedholm, Richard Rorty, Abdul Rahman Arif, and Paul Lauterbur. After him are Lois Maxwell, Marcheline Bertrand, Henri Troyat, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Vladimir Kryuchkov, and Arthur Kornberg.

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Among people born in United States, Stanley Miller ranks 1,061 out of 18,182Before him are Dennis Rodman (1961), Powers Boothe (1948), John Grisham (1955), Daniel Goleman (1946), Noah Gordon (1926), and Paul Lauterbur (1929). After him are Joseph Murray (1919), Paul Flory (1910), Dean Stockwell (1936), Courteney Cox (1964), Butch Cassidy (1866), and Vincent Price (1911).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Stanley Miller ranks 28Before him are Christian B. Anfinsen (1916), Paul Berg (1926), Robert W. Holley (1922), Robert F. Furchgott (1916), Jerome Karle (1918), and Paul Lauterbur (1929). After him are Paul Flory (1910), Robert Bruce Merrifield (1921), Paul D. Boyer (1918), Robert S. Mulliken (1896), Wallace Carothers (1896), and Stephanie Kwolek (1923).