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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 (IAEA) at the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), 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 6,021,020 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Valery Legasov is the 31st most popular chemist (down from 25th in 2019), the 117th most popular biography from Russia (down from 90th in 2019) and the 3rd 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 31 out of 509Before him are Alfred Werner, Eduard Buchner, Otto Wallach, Justus von Liebig, Adolf von Baeyer, and August Kekulé. After him are John Stith Pemberton, Robert Bunsen, William Ramsay, Frederick Sanger, Jan Baptist van Helmont, and Carl Bosch.

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Among people born in 1936, Valery Legasov ranks 12Before him are Robert Redford, Mario Vargas Llosa, Ursula Andress, Amancio Ortega, Ken Loach, and Andrei Chikatilo. After him are Mikhail Tal, John McCain, Barry Barish, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Robert Woodrow Wilson, and David Carradine. Among people deceased in 1988, Valery Legasov ranks 5Before him are Richard Feynman, Enzo Ferrari, Georgy Malenkov, and Nico. After him are Ernst Ruska, Chet Baker, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Robert A. Heinlein, Isidor Isaac Rabi, Nikolaas Tinbergen, and Chiang Ching-kuo.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Valery Legasov ranks 117 out of 3,262Before him are Vasili III of Russia (1479), Nikolai Bukharin (1888), Nadezhda Krupskaya (1869), Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1899), Alexander Alekhine (1892), and False Dmitry I (1581). After him are Tokhtamysh (1342), Ivan V of Russia (1666), Dzhokhar Dudayev (1944), Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850), Feodor II of Russia (1589), and Boris Spassky (1937).

Among CHEMISTS In Russia

Among chemists born in Russia, Valery Legasov ranks 3Before him are Dmitri Mendeleev (1834) and Otto Wallach (1847). After him are Ilya Prigogine (1917), Paul Karrer (1889), Fritz Albert Lipmann (1899), Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky (1863), Nikolay Semyonov (1896), Alexander Butlerov (1828), Vladimir Markovnikov (1838), Alexander Mikhaylovich Zaytsev (1841), and Friedrich Konrad Beilstein (1838).