Frances Ames

1920 - 2002

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Frances Rix Ames (; 20 April 1920 – 11 November 2002) was a South African neurologist, psychiatrist, and human rights activist, best known for leading the medical ethics inquiry into the death of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, who died from medical neglect after being tortured in police custody. When the South African Medical and Dental Council (SAMDC) declined to discipline the chief district surgeon and his assistant who treated Biko, Ames and a group of five academics and physicians raised funds and fought an eight-year legal battle against the medical establishment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frances Ames has received more than 31,585 page views. Her biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Frances Ames is the 454th most popular social activist, the 157th most popular biography from South Africa and the 7th most popular South African Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Frances Ames ranks 454 out of 544Before her are Shivakumara Swami, Ernestine Rose, Medha Patkar, James Larkin, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, and Mary McLeod Bethune. After her are Peter Arnett, Ingrid Newkirk, Disappearance of Etan Patz, Fred Hampton, William Smith O'Brien, and Arthur Scargill.

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Among people born in 1920, Frances Ames ranks 330Before her are Doug Serrurier, Vera Ralston, Kamisese Mara, Keith Andes, Ronald Pope, and Jose Tomas Sanchez. After her are Les Leston, Ruth Graham, Noel Neill, John O'Connor, Tony Crook, and Eric Brandon. Among people deceased in 2002, Frances Ames ranks 266Before her are Jam Master Jay, Arthur Owen, Günther Ortmann, Mary Carew, Pat Flaherty, and Krishan Kant. After her are Dave Williams, W. T. Tutte, Otis Blackwell, Vladimir Romashkin, Ted Demme, and Willie Davenport.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Frances Ames ranks 157 out of 312Before her are Doug Serrurier (1920), Sasha Pieterse (1996), Govan Mbeki (1910), Sid James (1913), Trevor Blokdyk (1935), and Eddie Keizan (1944). After her are Enoch Sontonga (1873), Glynis Barber (1955), Benni McCarthy (1977), Dimas (1969), Albertina Sisulu (1918), and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (1949).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In South Africa

Among social activists born in South Africa, Frances Ames ranks 7Before her are Nelson Mandela (1918), Steve Biko (1946), Eugène Terre'Blanche (1941), Devdas Gandhi (1900), Denis Goldberg (1933), and Bram Fischer (1908). After her are Albertina Sisulu (1918).