Ernst Chain

1906 - 1979

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Sir Ernst Boris Chain (19 June 1906 – 12 August 1979) was a German-born British biochemist and co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on penicillin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernst Chain has received more than 178,794 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia. Ernst Chain is the 169th most popular chemist (down from 130th in 2019), the 910th most popular biography from Germany (down from 757th in 2019) and the 35th most popular German Chemist.

The Ernst Chain is most famous for its role in the development of the polio vaccine. In 1952, Dr. Jonas Salk and his team of researchers isolated the virus that causes polio and developed a vaccine that would prevent the disease.

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Among chemists, Ernst Chain ranks 169 out of 602Before him are Stanislao Cannizzaro, Johann Wilhelm Ritter, Paul Flory, George Andrew Olah, Marcellin Berthelot, and Ei-ichi Negishi. After him are August Wilhelm von Hofmann, Alexander R. Todd, Ascanio Sobrero, Sophia Brahe, Johann Josef Loschmidt, and John Macleod.

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Among people born in 1906, Ernst Chain ranks 57Before him are Marie José of Belgium, Marcelo Caetano, Estée Lauder, Bugsy Siegel, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, and Max Delbrück. After him are James Hadley Chase, André Weil, Philip Johnson, Hans Aumeier, Ettore Majorana, and Fredric Brown. Among people deceased in 1979, Ernst Chain ranks 35Before him are Reinhard Gehlen, Wilhelm Bittrich, Rachele Mussolini, Mary Pickford, Otto Robert Frisch, and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. After him are Peggy Guggenheim, Dhyan Chand, Giulio Natta, Edvard Kardelj, Francisco Macías Nguema, and Dimitri Tiomkin.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Ernst Chain ranks 910 out of 7,253Before him are Gershom Scholem (1897), Kurt Zeitzler (1895), Bertha Benz (1849), Günter Netzer (1944), Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal (1857), and Max Delbrück (1906). After him are Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche (1846), Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777), William IV, Duke of Bavaria (1493), Prince Augustus William of Prussia (1722), Leo Strauss (1899), and Hans Sachs (1494).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, Ernst Chain ranks 35Before him are Manfred Eigen (1927), Georg Wittig (1897), Joachim Frank (1940), Georg Ernst Stahl (1659), Johann Deisenhofer (1943), and Robert Huber (1937). After him are August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818), Emil Erlenmeyer (1825), Heinrich Gustav Magnus (1802), Hennig Brand (1630), Hermann Kolbe (1818), and Gerhard Herzberg (1904).