Christian de Duve

1917 - 2013

Christian de Duve

Christian René Marie Joseph, Viscount de Duve (2 October 1917 – 4 May 2013) was a Nobel Prize-winning English-born Belgian cytologist and biochemist. He made serendipitous discoveries of two cell organelles, peroxisome and lysosome, 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"). In addition to peroxisome and lysosome, he invented the scientific names such as autophagy, endocytosis, and exocytosis in a single occasion.The son of Belgian refugees during the First World War, de Duve was born in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England.His family returned to Belgium in 1920. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christian de Duve has received more than 165,734 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 39th most popular biologist.

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Among biologists, Christian de Duve ranks 39 out of 686Before him are Luc Montagnier, Karl von Frisch, Nikolaas Tinbergen, Barbara McClintock, Peter Simon Pallas, and François Jacob. After him are Richard Owen, Hans Spemann, Harald zur Hausen, August Weismann, Jean-Henri Fabre, and René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur.

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Among people born in 1917, Christian de Duve ranks 16Before him are Sidney Sheldon, Dean Martin, Ernest Borgnine, Óscar Romero, Ferdinand Marcos, and Anthony Burgess. After him are Jack Kirby, Joan Fontaine, Sven Hassel, Kiro Gligorov, Frederica of Hanover, and Robert Mitchum. Among people deceased in 2013, Christian de Duve ranks 23Before him are Paul Walker, Nílton Santos, Robert Edwards, Donald A. Glaser, Djalma Santos, and François Jacob. After him are Sung Jae-gi, Joan Fontaine, Erich Priebke, Heinrich Rohrer, Robert Coleman Richardson, and Georges Moustaki.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Christian de Duve ranks 380 out of 5,347Before him are Æthelred the Unready (968), Stuart Sutcliffe (1940), Bernie Ecclestone (1930), Tristan (535), Daniel Day-Lewis (1957), and Patrick Stewart (1940). After him are Richard Owen (1804), Angus Young (1955), Bobby Moore (1941), Philip Larkin (1922), Stanley Matthews (1915), and Samuel Butler (1835).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, Christian de Duve ranks 8Before him are Alexander Fleming (1881), Alfred Russel Wallace (1823), Francis Crick (1916), Thomas Henry Huxley (1825), Rosalind Franklin (1920), and Robert Brown (1773). After him are Richard Owen (1804), John Edward Gray (1800), Erasmus Darwin (1731), John Ray (1627), John Gurdon (1933), and Julian Huxley (1887).