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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 Greider and Jack W. Szostak, becoming the first Australian woman Nobel laureate. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elizabeth Blackburn has received more than 572,533 page views. Her biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Elizabeth Blackburn is the 83rd most popular biologist (up from 125th in 2019), the 23rd most popular biography from Australia (up from 29th 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 83 out of 841Before her are Ulisse Aldrovandi, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Jan Swammerdam, Gabriele Falloppio, Carolus Clusius, and Alfred Hershey. After her are E. O. Wilson, André Michel Lwoff, John Gurdon, Werner Arber, Bernard Katz, and Ibn al-Baitar.

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Among people born in 1948, Elizabeth Blackburn ranks 46Before her are Jean-Pierre Adams, John Carpenter, Giorgio Parisi, Jerzy Kukuczka, Tony Iommi, and Grace Jones. After her are Rudolf Schenker, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Carl Weathers, Ian McEwan, Brian Eno, and Sven-Göran Eriksson.

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In Australia

Among people born in Australia, Elizabeth Blackburn ranks 23 out of 925Before her are Colleen McCullough (1937), Peter Singer (1946), Lionel Logue (1880), Margaret Court (1942), Tamam Shud case (1903), and John Eccles (1903). After her are V. Gordon Childe (1892), Margot Robbie (1990), Alexander Prokhorov (1916), Peter Weir (1944), Joan Sutherland (1926), and Ned Kelly (1855).

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), Frank Fenner (1914), and Suzanne Cory (1942).