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, but may have identified a different bacterium and not the pathogen-causing plague. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexandre Yersin has received more than 234,337 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Alexandre Yersin is the 100th most popular physician (down from 52nd in 2019), the 64th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 38th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Physician.

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

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Among physicians, Alexandre Yersin ranks 100 out of 502Before him are Stanley Cohen, Ctesias, Otto Loewi, Bernardino of Siena, Elias Lönnrot, and Oswald Avery. After him are Elizabeth Blackwell, Frederick Chapman Robbins, Ragnar Granit, Charles Nicolle, Arvid Carlsson, and Eric Kandel.

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Among people born in 1863, Alexandre Yersin ranks 23Before him are Joaquín Sorolla, Vladimir Vernadsky, Austen Chamberlain, Werner Sombart, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, and Franz Stuck. After him are Wilhelm Marx, Gaston Doumergue, Reinhard Scheer, George Santayana, Max Wolf, and Heinrich Rickert. Among people deceased in 1943, Alexandre Yersin ranks 21Before him are Beatrix Potter, Nikolai Vavilov, Alexandre Millerand, Max Wertheimer, Władysław Sikorski, and Chaim Soutine. After him are Jean Moulin, Julius Fučík, Leslie Howard, Luz Long, Lydia Litvyak, and Maurice Denis.

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Among people born in Switzerland, Alexandre Yersin ranks 64 out of 876Before him are Friedrich Miescher (1844), Ferdinand Hodler (1853), Hans Küng (1928), Walter Rudolf Hess (1881), Paul Hermann Müller (1899), and Emil Jannings (1884). After him are Max Frisch (1911), Alisha Lehmann (23), Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784), Roger Federer (1981), Peter Zumthor (1943), and Richard R. Ernst (1933).

Among PHYSICIANS In Switzerland

Among physicians born in Switzerland, Alexandre Yersin ranks 7Before him are Paracelsus (1493), Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926), Eugen Bleuler (1857), Emil Theodor Kocher (1841), Friedrich Miescher (1844), and Walter Rudolf Hess (1881). After him are Albrecht von Haller (1708), Rolf M. Zinkernagel (1944), Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867), Adolf Meyer (1866), Heinrich Rudolf Schinz (1777), and Thomas Erastus (1524).