Christiaan Eijkman

1858 - 1930

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Christiaan Eijkman (UK: AYK-mən, EYEK-mən, US: -⁠mahn, Dutch: [ˈkrɪstijaːn ˈɛikmɑn]; 11 August 1858 – 5 November 1930) was a Dutch physician and professor of physiology whose demonstration that beriberi is caused by poor diet led to the discovery of antineuritic vitamins (thiamine). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christiaan Eijkman has received more than 148,088 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Christiaan Eijkman is the 47th most popular physician (up from 58th in 2019), the 49th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 51st in 2019) and the most popular Dutch Physician.

Eijkman is most famous for his discovery of the cause of beriberi, which was found to be a deficiency of vitamin B1.

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Among physicians, Christiaan Eijkman ranks 47 out of 726Before him are Virginia Apgar, Emil Kraepelin, Ambroise Paré, Hua Tuo, Samuel Hahnemann, and Otto Heinrich Warburg. After him are Hilary of Poitiers, Otto Fritz Meyerhof, Franz Mesmer, Eugen Bleuler, Herbert Spencer Gasser, and Robert Bellarmine.

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Among people born in 1858, Christiaan Eijkman ranks 14Before him are Rudolf Diesel, Georg Simmel, Omar Mukhtar, Emmeline Pankhurst, Giuseppe Peano, and Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. After him are Charles de Foucauld, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Franz Boas, Marie Bashkirtseff, and Kang Youwei. Among people deceased in 1930, Christiaan Eijkman ranks 10Before him are Ilya Repin, Zewditu, Vladimir Mayakovsky, William Howard Taft, Allvar Gullstrand, and Joan Gamper. After him are Fritz Pregl, Miguel Primo de Rivera, Victoria of Baden, Cosima Wagner, Arthur Balfour, and Alfred von Tirpitz.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Christiaan Eijkman ranks 49 out of 1,646Before him are Theo van Gogh (1857), Frank Rijkaard (1962), Paul Verhoeven (1938), Thomas Bernhard (1931), Peter Debye (1884), and Max Euwe (1901). After him are Jacob van Ruisdael (1628), Rem Koolhaas (1944), Frits Zernike (1888), Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (1870), Theo van Doesburg (1883), and Michiel de Ruyter (1607).

Among PHYSICIANS In Netherlands

Among physicians born in Netherlands, Christiaan Eijkman ranks 1After him are Peter Canisius (1521), Cornelius Jansen (1585), Nicolaes Tulp (1593), Regnier de Graaf (1641), Johann Weyer (1515), Aletta Jacobs (1854), Frederik Ruysch (1638), Franciscus Donders (1818), Gerard van Swieten (1700), Titus Brandsma (1881), and Petrus Camper (1722).