Wilbur Scoville

1865 - 1942

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Wilbur Lincoln Scoville (January 22, 1865 – March 10, 1942) was an American pharmacist best known for his creation of the "Scoville Organoleptic Test", now standardized as the Scoville scale. He devised the test and scale in 1912 while working at the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company to measure pungency, "spiciness" or "heat", of various chili peppers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilbur Scoville has received more than 992,603 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Wilbur Scoville is the 242nd most popular biologist (down from 164th in 2019), the 2,413th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,466th in 2019) and the 39th most popular American Biologist.

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Among biologists, Wilbur Scoville ranks 242 out of 844Before him are Jeffrey C. Hall, Rudolf Vrba, Adam Afzelius, Carl Nägeli, Johann Baptist von Spix, and Friedrich Anton Wilhelm Miquel. After him are Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von Crantz, Christen C. Raunkiær, Craig Venter, Pierre Belon, Gregory Goodwin Pincus, and Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius.

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Among people born in 1865, Wilbur Scoville ranks 57Before him are Friedrich Paschen, Sabino Arana, Duchess Amalie in Bavaria, Rainis, Charles Bally, and Jovan Cvijić. After him are Rafael Merry del Val, J. Walter Christie, Eduardo di Capua, Johannes Franz Hartmann, Said Halim Pasha, and Bernard Berenson. Among people deceased in 1942, Wilbur Scoville ranks 79Before him are Alois Eliáš, Augustinas Voldemaras, Walter Sickert, Avraham Stern, Karel Doorman, and Mikhail Nesterov. After him are Leonid Kulik, Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Henk Sneevliet, Dorando Pietri, Heber Doust Curtis, and Vera Figner.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Wilbur Scoville ranks 2,413 out of 15,968Before him are Elgin Baylor (1934), Louis Gossett Jr. (1936), Murray Perahia (1947), Parry O'Brien (1932), Jimmy Cobb (1929), and Will Sampson (1933). After him are Donald P. Bellisario (1935), Clarissa Pinkola Estés (1945), Theodore Sturgeon (1918), Rex Tillerson (1952), Janet Jackson (1966), and Sugar Ray Leonard (1956).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Wilbur Scoville ranks 39Before him are Paul Greengard (1925), James Dwight Dana (1813), Leland H. Hartwell (1939), J. Michael Bishop (1936), Howard Martin Temin (1934), and Jeffrey C. Hall (1945). After him are Craig Venter (1946), Gregory Goodwin Pincus (1903), Wilder Penfield (1891), George Smith (1941), Michael W. Young (1949), and Martha Chase (1927).