Alexandre Yersin

1863 - 1943

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Alexandre Emile Jean Yersin (22 September 1863 – 1 March 1943) was a Swiss-French physician and bacteriologist. He is remembered as the co-discoverer of the bacillus responsible for the bubonic plague or pest, which was later named in his honour: Yersinia pestis. Another bacteriologist, the Japanese physician Kitasato Shibasaburō, is often credited with independently identifying the bacterium a few days earlier. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexandre Yersin has received more than 303,422 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Alexandre Yersin is the 97th most popular physician (up from 102nd in 2019), the 68th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 64th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Swiss Physician.

Alexandre Yersin was a French bacteriologist who discovered the bacteria that causes bubonic plague.

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Among physicians, Alexandre Yersin ranks 97 out of 726Before him are Amenmesse, Jang-geum, Joseph Lister, Hans Selye, Jean Nicot, and Aribert Heim. After him are Haldan Keffer Hartline, Róbert Bárány, André Frédéric Cournand, Ctesias, Werner Forssmann, and William T. G. Morton.

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Among people born in 1863, Alexandre Yersin ranks 21Before him are George Herbert Mead, Vladimir Vernadsky, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, Joaquín Sorolla, Wilhelm Marx, and Austen Chamberlain. After him are Gaston Doumergue, Werner Sombart, Max Wolf, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Franz Stuck, and George Santayana. Among people deceased in 1943, Alexandre Yersin ranks 20Before him are Yakov Dzhugashvili, Chaim Soutine, Władysław Sikorski, Alexandre Millerand, Nikolai Vavilov, and Max Wertheimer. After him are Maurice Denis, Julius Fučík, Beatrix Potter, Gustav Vigeland, Max Reinhardt, and Jean Moulin.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Alexandre Yersin ranks 68 out of 1,015Before him are Emil Jannings (1884), Walter Rudolf Hess (1881), Hans Küng (1928), Siegfried Wagner (1869), Ferdinand Hodler (1853), and Richard R. Ernst (1933). After him are Clay Regazzoni (1939), Lys Assia (1924), Peter Zumthor (1943), Domenico Fontana (1543), Horace Bénédict de Saussure (1740), and Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (1778).

Among PHYSICIANS In Switzerland

Among physicians born in Switzerland, Alexandre Yersin ranks 7Before him are Paracelsus (1493), Franz Mesmer (1734), Eugen Bleuler (1857), Emil Theodor Kocher (1841), Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926), and Walter Rudolf Hess (1881). After him are Friedrich Miescher (1844), Albrecht von Haller (1708), Rolf M. Zinkernagel (1944), Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672), Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867), and Heinrich Rudolf Schinz (1777).