Christian de Duve

1917 - 2013

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Christian René Marie Joseph, Viscount de Duve (2 October 1917 – 4 May 2013) was a Nobel Prize-winning Belgian cytologist and biochemist. He made serendipitous discoveries of two cell organelles, peroxisomes and lysosomes, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974 with Albert Claude and George E. Palade ("for their discoveries concerning the structural and functional organization of the cell"). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christian de Duve has received more than 254,978 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia. Christian de Duve is the 44th most popular biologist (down from 38th in 2019), the 381st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 391st in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Biologist.

Christian de Duve is most famous for his discovery of lysosomes in the late 1960s. Lysosomes are organelles that digest macromolecules, such as proteins and lipids, and then break them down into smaller molecules.

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Among biologists, Christian de Duve ranks 44 out of 1,097Before him are Karl von Frisch, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Vladimir Vernadsky, Karl Ernst von Baer, and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi. After him are Hans Spemann, Peter Simon Pallas, Richard Owen, Jan Evangelista Purkyně, René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, and Roger Guillemin.

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Among people born in 1917, Christian de Duve ranks 15Before him are Eric Hobsbawm, Frederica of Hanover, I. M. Pei, Ferdinand Marcos, Anthony Burgess, and Ernest Borgnine. After him are Sidney Sheldon, Joan Clarke, Kenan Evren, James Rainwater, Otto Günsche, and Joan Fontaine. Among people deceased in 2013, Christian de Duve ranks 25Before him are Nílton Santos, Giuliano Gemma, Donald A. Glaser, Tom Clancy, Jang Song-thaek, and Jovanka Broz. After him are François Jacob, Ronald Coase, Gylmar dos Santos Neves, Sung Jae-gi, Bert Trautmann, and Joan Fontaine.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Christian de Duve ranks 381 out of 8,785Before him are Harold Pinter (1930), Hugh Grant (1960), George Mallory (1886), G. H. Hardy (1877), Kenneth Branagh (1960), and Mordred (null). After him are Pelagius (360), Henry Morgan (1635), William Crookes (1832), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Angus Young (1955), and Sweyn II of Denmark (1020).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, Christian de Duve ranks 8Before him are Alexander Fleming (1881), Rosalind Franklin (1920), Alfred Russel Wallace (1823), Francis Crick (1916), Thomas Henry Huxley (1825), and Robert Brown (1773). After him are Richard Owen (1804), John Edward Gray (1800), Robert Edwards (1925), Philip Miller (1691), Archibald Hill (1886), and Erasmus Darwin (1731).