Emil von Behring

1854 - 1917

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Emil von Behring (German pronunciation: [ˈeːmiːl fɔn ˈbeːʁɪŋ] ; Emil Adolf von Behring), born Emil Adolf Behring (15 March 1854 – 31 March 1917), was a German physiologist who received the 1901 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the first one awarded in that field, for his discovery of a diphtheria antitoxin. He was widely known as a "saviour of children", as diphtheria used to be a major cause of child death. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emil von Behring has received more than 473,025 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Emil von Behring is the 25th most popular physician (up from 32nd in 2019), the 53rd most popular biography from Poland (up from 60th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Polish Physician.

Emil von Behring is most famous for his work in developing a vaccine for diphtheria.

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Among physicians, Emil von Behring ranks 25 out of 726Before him are Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, Nestorius, Pedanius Dioscorides, Georgius Agricola, Li Ching-Yuen, and Rudolf Virchow. After him are Camillo Golgi, Claude Bernard, Paul Ehrlich, Willem Einthoven, António Egas Moniz, and Allvar Gullstrand.

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Among people born in 1854, Emil von Behring ranks 6Before him are Oscar Wilde, Arthur Rimbaud, Pope Benedict XV, Henri Poincaré, and Leoš Janáček. After him are Paul Ehrlich, Karl Kautsky, Henri La Fontaine, James George Frazer, Paul Sabatier, and Milan I of Serbia. Among people deceased in 1917, Emil von Behring ranks 9Before him are Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, L. L. Zamenhof, Mata Hari, Eduard Buchner, and Ferdinand von Zeppelin. After him are Adolf von Baeyer, Edward Burnett Tylor, Emil Theodor Kocher, Buffalo Bill, John William Waterhouse, and Dragutin Dimitrijević.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Emil von Behring ranks 53 out of 1,694Before him are Rudolf Virchow (1821), Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768), Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941), Casimir III the Great (1310), Gerhart Hauptmann (1862), and Donald Tusk (1957). After him are Klaus Kinski (1926), Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), Sigismund I the Old (1467), Paul Ehrlich (1854), and Billy Wilder (1906).

Among PHYSICIANS In Poland

Among physicians born in Poland, Emil von Behring ranks 3Before him are L. L. Zamenhof (1859), and Rudolf Virchow (1821). After him are Paul Ehrlich (1854), Albert Sabin (1906), Carl Wernicke (1848), Alexander Bogdanov (1873), Magnus Hirschfeld (1868), Leon Pinsker (1821), Bronisława Dłuska (1865), Jan Jesenius (1566), and Albert Ludwig Sigesmund Neisser (1855).