PHYSICIAN

Alexandre Yersin

1863 - 1943

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Alexandre Emile Jean Yersin (22 September 1863 – 1 March 1943) was a dual national Swiss and 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 179,391 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Alexandre Yersin is the 52nd most popular physician (up from 102nd in 2019), the 38th most popular biography from Switzerland (up from 68th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Swiss Physician.

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Among PHYSICIANS

Among physicians, Alexandre Yersin ranks 52 out of 509. Before him are António Egas Moniz, Christiaan Barnard, François Duvalier, Stanley Cohen, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, and René Laennec. After him are Emil von Behring, James Parkinson, Allvar Gullstrand, Gerhard Armauer Hansen, Robert Edwards, and Karl Brandt.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1863, Alexandre Yersin ranks 14Before him are Pietro Mascagni, Henry van de Velde, George Herbert Mead, Constantine P. Cavafy, David Lloyd George, and Swami Vivekananda. After him are Gabriele D'Annunzio, Carlos I of Portugal, Werner Sombart, Austen Chamberlain, Vladimir Vernadsky, and Abdul Karim. Among people deceased in 1943, Alexandre Yersin ranks 17Before him are Nikolai Vavilov, Theodor Eicke, Beatrix Potter, Sophie Scholl, Yakov Dzhugashvili, and Henri La Fontaine. After him are Chaim Soutine, Luz Long, Alexandre Millerand, Max Wertheimer, Władysław Sikorski, and Gustav Vigeland.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Alexandre Yersin ranks 38 out of 749. Before him are Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921), Eugen Bleuler (1857), Jacob Bernoulli (1654), Charles Albert Gobat (1843), Johann Jakob Balmer (1825), and Élie Ducommun (1833). After him are Ursula Andress (1936), Henry Fuseli (1741), Auguste Piccard (1884), Hermann Rorschach (1884), Adelaide of Italy (931), and Felix Bloch (1905).

Among PHYSICIANS In Switzerland

Among physicians born in Switzerland, Alexandre Yersin ranks 4Before him are Paracelsus (1493), Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926), and Eugen Bleuler (1857). After him are Emil Theodor Kocher (1841), Walter Rudolf Hess (1881), Friedrich Miescher (1844), Albrecht von Haller (1708), Rolf M. Zinkernagel (1944), Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867), Adolf Meyer (1866), and Heinrich Rudolf Schinz (1777).