Carl Woese

1928 - 2012

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Carl Richard Woese (; July 15, 1928 – December 30, 2012) was an American microbiologist and biophysicist. Woese is famous for defining the Archaea (a new domain of life) in 1977 by phylogenetic taxonomy of 16S ribosomal RNA, a technique he pioneered that revolutionized microbiology. He also originated the RNA world hypothesis in 1967, although not by that name. Woese held the Stanley O. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carl Woese has received more than 492,785 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Carl Woese is the 129th most popular biologist (down from 108th in 2019), the 1,342nd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,177th in 2019) and the 19th most popular Biologist.

Carl Woese is most famous for his discovery of the third domain of life, Archaea.

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Among biologists, Carl Woese ranks 129 out of 841Before him are Armand David, Gaspard Bauhin, Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber, Aimé Bonpland, Martin Evans, and Edward B. Lewis. After him are Elias Magnus Fries, Walther Flemming, Macfarlane Burnet, Joshua Lederberg, Hamilton O. Smith, and Nettie Stevens.

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Among people born in 1928, Carl Woese ranks 72Before him are Jim Lovell, János Kornai, Zhu Rongji, James Garner, James Randi, and Tony Richardson. After him are Erik Bruhn, Borisav Jović, Eugene Merle Shoemaker, Colin Chapman, Sara Montiel, and Gustav Leonhardt. Among people deceased in 2012, Carl Woese ranks 54Before him are Lucio Dalla, Erland Josephson, Chadli Bendjedid, Chavela Vargas, F. Sherwood Rowland, and Hebe Camargo. After him are Harry Harrison, William Standish Knowles, Ben Gazzara, George Armitage Miller, Gustav Leonhardt, and Kathryn Joosten.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Carl Woese ranks 1,342 out of 18,182Before him are Sam Raimi (1959), Ron Howard (1954), Holland Taylor (1943), Sondra Locke (1944), Robert H. Grubbs (1942), and Edward B. Lewis (1918). After him are Florence Griffith Joyner (1959), Harry Harrison (1925), William Standish Knowles (1917), Douglas Osheroff (1945), Robert Curl (1933), and Virginia Henderson (1897).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Carl Woese ranks 19Before him are E. O. Wilson (1929), Thomas Huckle Weller (1915), Sylvia Earle (1935), George Davis Snell (1903), Norman Borlaug (1914), and Edward B. Lewis (1918). After him are Joshua Lederberg (1925), Hamilton O. Smith (1931), Nettie Stevens (1861), Gerald Edelman (1929), Daniel Nathans (1928), and Robert Whittaker (1920).