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Wallace Carothers

1896 - 1937

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Wallace Hume Carothers (; April 27, 1896 – April 29, 1937) was an American chemist, inventor and the leader of organic chemistry at DuPont, who was credited with the invention of nylon.Carothers was a group leader at the DuPont Experimental Station laboratory, near Wilmington, Delaware, where most polymer research was done. Carothers was an organic chemist who, in addition to first developing nylon, also helped lay the groundwork for neoprene. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wallace Carothers has received more than 285,973 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Wallace Carothers is the 171st most popular chemist (down from 125th in 2019), the 1,189th most popular biography from United States (down from 959th in 2019) and the 33rd most popular American Chemist.

Wallace Carothers is most famous for inventing nylon.

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Among chemists, Wallace Carothers ranks 171 out of 509Before him are Roald Hoffmann, Hans von Euler-Chelpin, Robert Huber, Robert S. Mulliken, Sophia Brahe, and Katalin Karikó. After him are August Wilhelm von Hofmann, John Vane, Rodney Robert Porter, Stephanie Kwolek, Arthur Kornberg, and George Porter.

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Among people born in 1896, Wallace Carothers ranks 47Before him are David Alfaro Siqueiros, Gottlob Berger, David Wechsler, Léon Theremin, Tina Modotti, and Robert S. Mulliken. After him are André Masson, Paulino Alcántara, Elsa Triolet, Mamie Eisenhower, Nikolay Semyonov, and Philipp, Landgrave of Hesse. Among people deceased in 1937, Wallace Carothers ranks 35Before him are Charles-Marie Widor, Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse, Emilio Mola, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Gustaf Dalén, and Albert Roussel. After him are Edith Wharton, Pavel Florensky, Louis Vierne, Georgy Pyatakov, Keke Geladze, and Bessie Smith.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Wallace Carothers ranks 1,189 out of 18,182Before him are Clive Cussler (1931), Robert S. Mulliken (1896), Zelda Fitzgerald (1900), Scott Wilson (1942), Frank Sheeran (1920), and Dennis Quaid (1954). After him are David J. Wineland (1944), George Benson (1943), Etta James (1938), Joe Satriani (1956), Elizabeth Montgomery (1933), and Andrew Garfield (1983).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Wallace Carothers ranks 33Before him are Paul Lauterbur (1929), Stanley Miller (1930), Paul Flory (1910), Robert Bruce Merrifield (1921), Paul D. Boyer (1918), and Robert S. Mulliken (1896). After him are Stephanie Kwolek (1923), Arthur Kornberg (1918), Walter Gilbert (1932), Alan J. Heeger (1936), Raymond Davis Jr. (1914), and Julius Axelrod (1912).