August von Wassermann

1866 - 1925

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August Paul von Wassermann (21 February 1866 – 16 March 1925) was a German bacteriologist and hygienist. Born in Bamberg, with Jewish origins, he studied at several universities throughout Germany, receiving his medical doctorate in 1888 from the University of Strassburg. In 1890 he began work under Robert Koch at the Institute for Infectious Diseases in Berlin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of August von Wassermann has received more than 33,697 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia. August von Wassermann is the 183rd most popular physician (up from 186th in 2019), the 1,256th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,185th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular German Physician.

August von Wassermann was a German bacteriologist who discovered the Wassermann reaction, a diagnostic test for syphilis.

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Among physicians, August von Wassermann ranks 183 out of 726Before him are Joseph Murray, Alexander Bogdanov, Gerhard Armauer Hansen, Magnus Hirschfeld, Bernardo Houssay, and Alan Hodgkin. After him are Hans Sloane, Werner Haase, Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Leonid Rogozov, Maurice Bucaille, and Guy de Chauliac.

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Among people born in 1866, August von Wassermann ranks 35Before him are Archduke Franz Salvator of Austria, Enrique Simonet, Princess Milica of Montenegro, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Leopold Mandić, and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia. After him are Francesco Cilea, Adrien de Gerlache, Dmitry Merezhkovsky, La Goulue, Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, and Alikhan Bukeikhanov. Among people deceased in 1925, August von Wassermann ranks 43Before him are Johann Palisa, Max Linder, Lovis Corinth, Christian Krohg, Boris Savinkov, and Robert Koldewey. After him are Michel Verne, Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow, Nariman Narimanov, Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, Antti Aarne, and Vincenzo Peruggia.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, August von Wassermann ranks 1,256 out of 7,253Before him are Anselm Feuerbach (1829), Nena (1960), Thomas Kretschmann (1962), Walter Simons (1861), Ferdinand Georg Frobenius (1849), and Theodor Busse (1897). After him are Klaus Störtebeker (1360), Charles Alexander, Duke of Württemberg (1684), Frederick II, Elector of Brandenburg (1413), Heinrich Barth (1821), Henri Victor Regnault (1810), and Matthias Sammer (1967).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, August von Wassermann ranks 23Before him are Herta Oberheuser (1911), Theodor Billroth (1829), Johann Joachim Becher (1635), Albert of Riga (1165), Carl Ludwig (1816), and Engelbert Kaempfer (1651). After him are Werner Haase (1900), Leonhart Fuchs (1501), Sebastian Kneipp (1821), Ludwig Guttmann (1899), Waldemar Hoven (1903), and Emil du Bois-Reymond (1818).