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Famous Chemists from the United States

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List of notable or famous chemists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top chemists born in the United States and even some popular chemists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American chemists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These chemists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known chemist from the United States is included when available.

Examples of people on this list: George Washington Carver, Linus Pauling and more.

This historic chemists from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American chemists of note?" and "Who are the most famous chemists from the United States?" These prominent chemists of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American chemists.

Use this list of renowned American chemists to discover some new chemists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    George Washington Carver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States
    George Washington Carver (1860s – January 5, 1943), was an American agricultural scientist and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Gordon Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Gordon Earle Moore (born January 3, 1929) is an American businessman, engineer, and the... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Linus Pauling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Linus Pauling

    Dec. at 93 (1901-1994)

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Linus Carl Pauling (; February 28, 1901 – August 19, 1994) was an American chemist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Leo Baekeland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Leo Baekeland

    Dec. at 81 (1863-1944)

    BirthplaceSint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

    Leo Henricus Arthur Baekeland FRSE(Hon) (November 14, 1863 – February 23, 1944) was a Belgian... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Arnold Orville Beckman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Arnold Orville Beckman

    Dec. at 104 (1900-2004)

    BirthplaceCullom, Illinois

    Arnold Orville Beckman (April 10, 1900 – May 18, 2004) was an American chemist, inventor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Gregory Goodwin Pincus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Gregory Goodwin Pincus

    Dec. at 64 (1903-1967)

    BirthplaceWoodbine, New Jersey

    Dr. Gregory Goodwin Pincus (April 9, 1903 – August 22, 1967) was an American biologist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Henry Eyring is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Henry Eyring

    Dec. at 80 (1901-1981)

    BirthplaceColonia Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico

    Henry Eyring may refer to: Henry Eyring (chemist) (1901–1981), Mexican-born American... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Stephanie Kwolek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Stephanie Kwolek

    Dec. at 91 (1923-2014)

    BirthplaceNew Kensington, Pennsylvania

    Stephanie Louise Kwolek (July 31, 1923 – June 18, 2014) was an American chemist who is known... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Leland Clark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Leland Clark

    Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    Leland C. Clark Jr. (December 4, 1918 – September 25, 2005) was an American biochemist born in... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Catherine Coleman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Catherine Grace "Cady" Coleman (born December 14, 1960) is an American chemist, a former... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    George M. Church is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    George M. Church

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceMacDill Air Force Base, Florida

    George Church may refer to: George Church (sport shooter) (1889–1951), South African sports... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Tracy Caldwell Dyson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    BirthplaceArcadia, California

    Tracy Caldwell Dyson (born Tracy Ellen Caldwell; August 14, 1969) is an American chemist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Albert C. Barnes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Albert C. Barnes

    Dec. at 79 (1872-1951)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Albert Coombs Barnes (January 2, 1872 – July 24, 1951) was an American chemist, businessman,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Millie Hughes-Fulford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    BirthplaceMineral Wells, Texas

    Millie Elizabeth Hughes-Fulford (born December 21, 1945) is an American medical investigator,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    John Fenn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    John Fenn

    Dec. at 93 (1917-2010)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    John Bennett Fenn (June 15, 1917 – December 10, 2010) was an American research professor of... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Robert S. Mulliken is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Robert S. Mulliken

    Dec. at 90 (1896-1986)

    BirthplaceNewburyport, Massachusetts

    Robert Sanderson Mulliken (June 7, 1896 – October 31, 1986) was an American physicist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Herbert Henry Dow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Herbert Henry Dow

    Dec. at 64 (1866-1930)

    BirthplaceBelleville, Canada

    Herbert Henry Dow (February 26, 1866 – October 15, 1930) was a Canadian-born American chemical... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Neil Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Neil Bartlett

    Dec. at 76 (1932-2008)

    BirthplaceNewcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

    Neil Bartlett (15 September 1932 – 5 August 2008) was a chemist who specialized in fluorine... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Melvin Calvin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Melvin Calvin

    Dec. at 86 (1911-1997)

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    Melvin Ellis Calvin (April 8, 1911 – January 8, 1997) was an American biochemist known for... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    John Pemberton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    John Pemberton

    Dec. at 57 (1831-1888)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Georgia

    John Stith Pemberton (July 8, 1831 – August 16, 1888) was an English pharmacist who is best... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Calvin Souther Fuller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Calvin Souther Fuller

    Dec. at 92 (1902-1994)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Calvin Souther Fuller (May 25, 1902 – October 28, 1994) was a physical chemist at AT&T Bell... more on Wikipedia
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    Leopold Godowsky, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Leopold Godowsky, Jr.

    Dec. at 83 (1900-1983)
    Leopold Godowsky Jr. (May 27, 1900 – February 18, 1983) was an American violinist and chemist,... more on Wikipedia
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    Marie Maynard Daly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Marie Maynard Daly

    Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

    BirthplaceCorona, New York City, New York

    Marie Maynard Daly (April 16, 1921 – October 28, 2003) was an American biochemist. She was the... more on Wikipedia
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    Jheri Redding is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Jheri Redding

    Dec. at 91 (1907-1998)

    BirthplaceRantoul, Illinois

    Jheri Redding (born Robert William Redding March 2, 1907 – March 15, 1998) was an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Rachel Fuller Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Chemists from the United States

    Rachel Fuller Brown

    Dec. at 82 (1898-1980)

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts

    Rachel Fuller Brown (November 23, 1898 – January 14, 1980) was a chemist best known for her... more on Wikipedia
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