Melvin Calvin Net Worth

Melvin Ellis Calvin was a Jewish-American biochemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1961 for his discovery of the Calvin cycle, a three-phase light-independent reaction of photosynthesis. During his five-decade career, mostly spent at the University of California, Berkeley, he made significant discoveries in biological and physical chemistry, including work on hydrogen activation, radiation chemistry, electronic structure of organic molecules, artificial photosynthesis, and chemical evolution of life. He also worked on isolating and purifying plutonium from other irradiated nuclear fission products of uranium while working on the Manhattan Project. He and his wife Genevieve Jemtegaard studied the Rh blood group system and helped to ascertain the structure of one of the Rh antigens. He received numerous awards and recognition, including the Davy Medal from the Royal Society of London, the Priestley Medal, and the U.S. National Medal of Science.
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Age, Biography and Wiki

Who is it? Biochemist
Birth Day April 08, 1911
Birth Place St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, United States
Died On January 8, 1997(1997-01-08) (aged 85)\nBerkeley, California, U.S.
Birth Sign Taurus
Alma mater Michigan College of Mining and Technology University of Minnesota
Known for Calvin cycle
Spouse(s) Genevieve Elle Jemtegaard (m. 1942; 3 children) (d.1987)
Awards Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1961) Davy Medal (1964) Priestley Medal (1978) AIC Gold Medal (1979) National Medal of Science (1989)
Fields Chemistry · Biology
Institutions University of Manchester University of California, Berkeley Berkeley Radiation Laboratory Science Advisory Committee
Academic advisors Michael Polanyi
Doctoral students Cyril Ponnamperuma

💰 Net worth: $100K - $1M

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As a small child Calvin's family moved to Detroit; he graduated from Central High School in 1928. Melvin Calvin earned his Bachelor of Science from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now known as Michigan Technological University) in 1931 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1935. He then spent the next four years doing postdoctoral work at the University of Manchester. He married Marie Genevieve Jemtegaard in 1942, and they had three children, two daughters and a son.


Calvin joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1937 and was promoted to Professor of Chemistry in 1947. Using the carbon-14 isotope as a tracer, Calvin, Andrew Benson and James Bassham mapped the complete route that carbon travels through a plant during photosynthesis, starting from its absorption as atmospheric carbon dioxide to its conversion into carbohydrates and other organic compounds. In doing so, Calvin, Benson and Bassham showed that sunlight acts on the chlorophyll in a plant to fuel the Manufacturing of organic compounds, rather than on carbon dioxide as was previously believed. Calvin was the sole recipient of the 1961 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for what is sometimes known as the Calvin–Benson–Bassham Cycle. Calvin wrote an autobiography three decades later titled Following the Trail of Light: A Scientific Odyssey. During the 1950s he was among the first members of the Society for General Systems Research. In 1963 he was given the additional title of Professor of Molecular Biology. He was founder and Director of the Laboratory of Chemical Biodynamics and simultaneously Associate Director of Berkeley Radiation Laboratory, where he conducted much of his research until his retirement in 1980. In his final years of active research, he studied the use of oil-producing plants as renewable sources of Energy. He also spent many years testing the chemical evolution of life and wrote a book on the subject that was published in 1969.


Calvin was elected a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1958. In 1959 he was elected a Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.


Calvin was featured on the 2011 volume of the American Scientists collection of US postage stamps, along with Asa Gray, Maria Goeppert-Mayer, and Severo Ochoa. This was the third volume in the series, the first two having been released in 2005 and 2008.