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Abstract Volume 12 Issue 4 (2007) pp 286-291

Stanley Lloyd Miller (1930-2007), Exobiology Pioneer

Jean-Pierre Adloff* and George B. Kauffman

*Honorary Professor, Université Louis Pasteur, 63 Rue Saint Urbain, Strasbourg, France F-67100,, Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published online: 4 August 2007

Abstract. This obituary of Stanley Lloyd Miller (1930–2007), Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, who died of heart failure on May 20, 2007, discusses his life and career with emphasis on his classic experiment, performed at the University of Chicago under Harold C. Urey’s (1893–1981) mentorship in the early 1950s, which demonstrated that under proper conditions life can arise from non-living matter.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; obituary; biography; exobiology; origin of life on earth; abiogenesis; abiotic synthesis; classic experiment; nobel prize

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Issue date: August 4, 2007

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