Thomas Midgley Jr.

1889 - 1944

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Thomas Midgley Jr. (May 18, 1889 – November 2, 1944) was an American mechanical and chemical engineer. He played a major role in developing leaded gasoline (Tetraethyllead) and some of the first chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), better known in the United States by the brand name Freon; both products were later banned from common use due to concerns about their impact on human health and the environment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Midgley Jr. has received more than 648,714 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia. Thomas Midgley Jr. is the 312th most popular chemist (down from 259th in 2019), the 2,323rd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,484th in 2019) and the 62nd most popular American Chemist.

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Among chemists, Thomas Midgley Jr. ranks 312 out of 510Before him are François-Marie Raoult, Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac, Richard J. Roberts, Per Teodor Cleve, Norman Lockyer, and Richard R. Schrock. After him are Hartmut Michel, Martin Lowry, Charles Friedel, Franz-Joseph Müller von Reichenstein, Sendivogius, and Karl Friedrich Mohr.

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Among people born in 1889, Thomas Midgley Jr. ranks 76Before him are Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke, Pierre Reverdy, Takeo Kurita, Kenwa Mabuni, Frans Masereel, and Willi Münzenberg. After him are Maria Bochkareva, Jānis K. Bērziņš, María Capovilla, Karel Doorman, Pavel Dybenko, and Warner Baxter. Among people deceased in 1944, Thomas Midgley Jr. ranks 103Before him are Felix Nussbaum, Wolf-Heinrich Graf von Helldorff, Paul Cornu, Ulrich von Hassell, Paul Masson, and Ethel Smyth. After him are Helmut Lent, Hans Krása, Pavel Haas, Petr Ginz, Heinz Brandt, and Lina Cavalieri.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Thomas Midgley Jr. ranks 2,323 out of 15,968Before him are Ross Macdonald (1915), Peter Diamond (1940), Richard R. Schrock (1945), Chris Brown (1989), Pinetop Perkins (1913), and Robert Sternberg (1949). After him are Karen Black (1939), Patricia Clarkson (1959), Stephen Crane (1871), Gerry Mulligan (1927), Teri Hatcher (1964), and William Joyce (1906).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Thomas Midgley Jr. ranks 62Before him are Edwin G. Krebs (1918), Alexander Shulgin (1925), Joseph L. Goldstein (1940), Martin Rodbell (1925), Richard Smalley (1943), and Richard R. Schrock (1945). After him are Frances Arnold (1956), Earl Wilbur Sutherland Jr. (1915), Dudley R. Herschbach (1932), William E. Moerner (1953), George Washington Carver (1864), and Thomas Cech (1947).