François Jacob

1920 - 2013

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François Jacob (17 June 1920 – 19 April 2013) was a French biologist who, together with Jacques Monod, originated the idea that control of enzyme levels in all cells occurs through regulation of transcription. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of François Jacob has received more than 173,637 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). François Jacob is the 55th most popular biologist (down from 38th in 2019), the 753rd most popular biography from France (down from 607th in 2019) and the 9th most popular French Biologist.

François Jacob is most famous for his work on the genetic code. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1965 for his work.

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Among biologists, François Jacob ranks 55 out of 844Before him are Hans Spemann, Hugo de Vries, Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, Albrecht Kossel, Ernst Mayr, and Vladimir Vernadsky. After him are John Edward Gray, Herman Boerhaave, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Dmitri Ivanovsky, and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi.

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Among people born in 1920, François Jacob ranks 31Before him are Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Richard von Weizsäcker, Owen Chamberlain, Mickey Rooney, Walter Matthau, and Ravi Shankar. After him are Douglass North, Fritz Walter, Helmut Newton, Clarice Lispector, Dave Brubeck, and Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Among people deceased in 2013, François Jacob ranks 27Before him are Djalma Santos, Jang Song-thaek, Christian de Duve, Jovanka Broz, Heinrich Rohrer, and Georges Moustaki. After him are Erich Priebke, Don Shirley, Rochus Misch, Ray Manzarek, Robert Coleman Richardson, and Gylmar dos Santos Neves.

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In France

Among people born in France, François Jacob ranks 753 out of 5,234Before him are Dominique Strauss-Kahn (1949), Jean-Victor Poncelet (1788), Joseph Proust (1754), Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755), Frontinus (30), and Eugène Edine Pottier (1816). After him are Marie de France (1101), Félix Faure (1841), Anne Marie d'Orléans (1669), Maurice Blanchot (1907), Juliette Binoche (1964), and Margaret of Provence (1221).

Among BIOLOGISTS In France

Among biologists born in France, François Jacob ranks 9Before him are Georges Cuvier (1769), Charles Richet (1850), Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707), Jean-Henri Fabre (1823), René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683), and Adelbert von Chamisso (1781). After him are Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (1947), André Michel Lwoff (1902), Charles Lucien Bonaparte (1803), Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656), and Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1748).