Ernst Chain

1906 - 1979

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Sir Ernst Boris Chain (19 June 1906 – 12 August 1979) was a German-British biochemist best known for being a 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 110,973 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Ernst Chain is the 100th most popular chemist (up from 111th in 2019), the 639th most popular biography from Germany (down from 609th in 2019) and the 25th 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 100 out of 510Before him are Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted, Marcellin Berthelot, Hans von Euler-Chelpin, Marshall Warren Nirenberg, Heinrich Otto Wieland, and Otto Diels. After him are Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Yves Chauvin, Johan Gadolin, and Henry Louis Le Chatelier.

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Among people born in 1906, Ernst Chain ranks 50Before him are Philip Johnson, Klaus Mann, Hans Asperger, Empress Wanrong, Estée Lauder, and Marcelo Caetano. After him are Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, Marie José of Belgium, Bugsy Siegel, Marcel Carné, Anthony Mann, and Max Delbrück. Among people deceased in 1979, Ernst Chain ranks 24Before him are Agostinho Neto, Ludvík Svoboda, Nur Muhammad Taraki, Mustafa Barzani, Reinhard Gehlen, and Nadia Boulanger. After him are Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, Francisco Macías Nguema, Rachele Mussolini, Wilhelm Bittrich, Sonia Delaunay, and Bertil Ohlin.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Ernst Chain ranks 639 out of 5,289Before him are Heinrich Otto Wieland (1877), Sophia Charlotte of Hanover (1668), Jenny von Westphalen (1814), Otto Diels (1876), Bert Hellinger (1925), and Jürgen Klopp (1967). After him are Ralf Dahrendorf (1929), Hermann von Salza (1170), Rudolf von Jhering (1818), Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870), David Strauss (1808), and Max Schmeling (1905).

Among CHEMISTS In Germany

Among chemists born in Germany, Ernst Chain ranks 25Before him are Adolf Windaus (1876), Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1743), Felix Hoffmann (1868), Hans von Euler-Chelpin (1873), Heinrich Otto Wieland (1877), and Otto Diels (1876). After him are Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner (1780), Georg Ernst Stahl (1659), Hennig Brand (1630), Ernst Otto Fischer (1918), Gerhard Ertl (1936), and Manfred Eigen (1927).