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. Previously she was a biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who studied the telomere, a structure at the end of chromosomes that protects the chromosome. 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 Greider and Jack W. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elizabeth Blackburn has received more than 496,990 page views. Her biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Elizabeth Blackburn is the 125th most popular biologist (up from 139th in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from Australia (up from 33rd 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 125 out of 844Before her are Armand David, Sydney Brenner, William Carey, Har Gobind Khorana, Aaron Ciechanover, and Johan Christian Fabricius. After her are Georg Forster, Olaus Rudbeck, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Linda B. Buck, Robert Whittaker, and Mario Capecchi.

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Among people born in 1948, Elizabeth Blackburn ranks 59Before her are Bernard-Henri Lévy, Brian Eno, Ray Kurzweil, Sven-Göran Eriksson, Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, and Edmund Kemper. After her are Tom Wilkinson, Agnieszka Holland, Arie Haan, Alan Parsons, Svetlana Savitskaya, and Dan Simmons.

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In Australia

Among people born in Australia, Elizabeth Blackburn ranks 29 out of 790Before her are P. L. Travers (1899), John Eccles (1903), Peter Weir (1944), Robin Warren (1937), Tamam Shud case (1903), and Joan Sutherland (1926). After her are Howard Florey (1898), Kylie Minogue (1968), Lisa Gerrard (1961), John Cornforth (1917), James Clavell (1921), and Lionel Logue (1880).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Australia

Among biologists born in Australia, Elizabeth Blackburn ranks 1After her are Macfarlane Burnet (1899), David Bruce (1855), and Robert May, Baron May of Oxford (1936).