Valery Legasov

1936 - 1988

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Valery Alekseyevich Legasov (Russian: Валерий Алексеевич Легасов; 1 September 1936 – 27 April 1988) was a Soviet inorganic chemist and a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union. He is primarily known for his efforts to contain the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Legasov also presented the findings of an investigation to the International Atomic Energy Agency at the United Nations Office at Vienna, detailing the actions and circumstances that led to the explosion of Reactor No. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Valery Legasov has received more than 6,442,268 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Valery Legasov is the 41st most popular chemist (down from 31st in 2019), the 132nd most popular biography from Russia (down from 116th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Russian Chemist.

Valery Legasov is most famous for being the deputy chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. He was in charge of investigating the nuclear disaster that occurred in 1986.

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Among chemists, Valery Legasov ranks 41 out of 602Before him are Tu Youyou, John Stith Pemberton, Gertrude B. Elion, Carl Bosch, Henri Moissan, and August Kekulé. After him are Adolf von Baeyer, Adolf Butenandt, Gerty Cori, Kurt Alder, Alfred Werner, and Paul Sabatier.

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Among people born in 1936, Valery Legasov ranks 17Before him are Mikhail Tal, Amancio Ortega, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Andrei Chikatilo, F. W. de Klerk, and John McCain. After him are Ismail Kadare, Wilt Chamberlain, Dennis Hopper, Ursula Andress, Barack Obama Sr., and Harald zur Hausen. Among people deceased in 1988, Valery Legasov ranks 6Before him are Enzo Ferrari, Georgy Malenkov, Richard Feynman, Nico, and Ernst Ruska. After him are Isidor Isaac Rabi, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Robert A. Heinlein, Chiang Ching-kuo, Chet Baker, and Roy Orbison.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Valery Legasov ranks 132 out of 3,761Before him are Mikhail Botvinnik (1911), Anatoly Karpov (1951), Vasili IV of Russia (1552), Vasili III of Russia (1479), Nikolai Yezhov (1895), and Sergei Yesenin (1895). After him are Alexei Rykov (1881), Anna Pavlovna of Russia (1795), Dmitry Donskoy (1350), Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia (1897), Pyotr Bagration (1765), and Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1899).

Among CHEMISTS In Russia

Among chemists born in Russia, Valery Legasov ranks 5Before him are Dmitri Mendeleev (1834), Paul Karrer (1889), Otto Wallach (1847), and Ilya Prigogine (1917). After him are Fritz Albert Lipmann (1899), Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky (1863), Nikolay Semyonov (1896), Vladimir Markovnikov (1838), Alexander Butlerov (1828), Alexander Mikhaylovich Zaytsev (1841), and Julia Lermontova (1847).