Frances Oldham Kelsey

1914 - 2015

Frances Oldham Kelsey

Frances Kathleen Oldham Kelsey, CM (July 24, 1914 – August 7, 2015) was a Canadian-born American pharmacologist and physician. As a reviewer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), she refused to authorize thalidomide for market because she had concerns about the lack of evidence regarding the drug's safety. Her concerns proved to be justified when it was shown that thalidomide caused serious birth defects. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frances Oldham Kelsey has received more than 727,898 page views. Her biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 350th most popular physician.

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    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 27

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.97

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.47

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among physicians, Frances Oldham Kelsey ranks 349 out of 438Before her are Gottfried Reinhold Treviranus, James Barry, Robert Remak, Luigi Carlo Farini, Gustav Hartlaub, and Giovanni Battista Grassi. After her are Giorgio Biandrata, Ali ibn Ridwan, Shinya Yamanaka, Charles Estienne, Zilda Arns, and Ennio Antonelli.

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Among people born in 1914, Frances Oldham Kelsey ranks 142Before her are Jean-Pierre Vernant, Kenny Clarke, Ken Annakin, Gino Colaussi, Andrzej Panufnik, and Orhan Veli Kanık. After her are Muazzez İlmiye Çığ, Jaap Bakema, Akira Ifukube, Christl Cranz, Grigol Abashidze, and William Castle. Among people deceased in 2015, Frances Oldham Kelsey ranks 147Before her are Egon Bahr, Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Tadahiko Ueda, Harald Nielsen, Władysław Bartoszewski, and Renzo Zorzi. After her are Richard Anthony, Wim Ruska, Franco Interlenghi, Chantal Akerman, Mike Porcaro, and Kemal Monteno.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Frances Oldham Kelsey ranks 152 out of 840Before her are Graham Greene (1952), Katheryn Winnick (1977), Diana Krall (1964), Peter North (1957), Paul Watson (1950), and Maynard Ferguson (1928). After her are Raymond Massey (1896), James Gosling (1955), Maud Menten (1879), Louis Jolliet (1645), Cobie Smulders (1982), and Marc Singer (1948).

Among PHYSICIANS In Canada

Among physicians born in Canada, Frances Oldham Kelsey ranks 7Before her are Frederick Banting (1891), Oswald Avery (1877), Charles Brenton Huggins (1901), David H. Hubel (1926), Norman Bethune (1890), and William Osler (1849).

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