Elizabeth Blackburn

1948 - Today

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Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, (born 26 November 1948) is an Australian-American Nobel laureate who is the former president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. In 1984, Blackburn co-discovered telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the telomere, with Carol W. Greider. For this work, she was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elizabeth Blackburn has received more than 645,312 page views. Her biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Elizabeth Blackburn is the 81st most popular biologist (up from 86th in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Australia (up from 23rd in 2019) and the most popular Australian Biologist.

Elizabeth Blackburn is most famous for her research on telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for her work on telomeres.

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Among biologists, Elizabeth Blackburn ranks 81 out of 1,097Before her are Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, Svante Pääbo, Dmitri Ivanovsky, Bernard Katz, Philip Miller, and Ibn al-Baitar. After her are Archibald Hill, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, Werner Arber, Stanley B. Prusiner, and Ralph M. Steinman.

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Among people born in 1948, Elizabeth Blackburn ranks 46Before her are John Bonham, Keke Rosberg, Ian McEwan, Mikhail Baryshnikov, John Carpenter, and Tom Wilkinson. After her are Grace Jones, Tony Iommi, Powers Boothe, Arie Haan, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, and Valentin Ceaușescu.

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In Australia

Among people born in Australia, Elizabeth Blackburn ranks 18 out of 1,143Before her are Alexander Prokhorov (1916), Margaret Court (1942), Margot Robbie (1990), Heath Ledger (1979), Paul Hogan (1939), and Julian Assange (1971). After her are Jack Brabham (1926), Peter Weir (1944), Errol Flynn (1909), Colleen McCullough (1937), Hugh Jackman (1968), and John Eccles (1903).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Australia

Among biologists born in Australia, Elizabeth Blackburn ranks 1After her are Macfarlane Burnet (1899), David Bruce (1855), Robert May, Baron May of Oxford (1936), David A. Sinclair (1969), Frank Fenner (1914), and Suzanne Cory (1942).