Hans Asperger

1906 - 1980

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Johann Friedrich Karl Asperger (, German: [hans ˈʔaspɛɐ̯ɡɐ]; 18 February 1906 – 21 October 1980) was an Austrian physician. Noted for his early studies on atypical neurology, specifically in children, he is the namesake of the former autism spectrum disorder Asperger syndrome. He wrote more than 300 publications on psychological disorders that posthumously acquired international renown in the 1980s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans Asperger has received more than 1,528,712 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Hans Asperger is the 61st most popular physician (down from 55th in 2019), the 116th most popular biography from Austria (down from 107th in 2019) and the most popular Austrian Physician.

Hans Asperger was a doctor who in 1944 first described a pattern of behavior and abilities among four boys in his practice. He called the pattern "autistic psychopathy" and also "Asperger's syndrome."

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Among physicians, Hans Asperger ranks 61 out of 726Before him are Djer, Philippe Pinel, Gerhard Domagk, Emil Theodor Kocher, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and Karl Brandt. After him are William P. Murphy, Johannes Fibiger, Francesco Redi, Shirō Ishii, Ferid Murad, and Otto Loewi.

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Among people born in 1906, Hans Asperger ranks 35Before him are Ed Gein, Hermann Fegelein, Alexey Stakhanov, Giuseppe Farina, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and Léon Degrelle. After him are Josef Kramer, Klaus Mann, Wassily Leontief, Dino Buzzati, Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, and Albert Sabin. Among people deceased in 1980, Hans Asperger ranks 24Before him are Marshall McLuhan, Gianni Rodari, Peter Sellers, Vladimir Vysotsky, Alexei Kosygin, and Otto Frank. After him are Oswald Mosley, Romain Gary, Milton H. Erickson, John Bonham, Fritz Strassmann, and Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Hans Asperger ranks 116 out of 1,424Before him are Leopold, Duke of Lorraine (1679), Dietrich Mateschitz (1944), Paul Feyerabend (1924), Karl von Frisch (1886), Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria (1883), and Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of France (1554). After him are Maria Josepha of Austria (1699), Nikola IV Zrinski (1508), Roman von Ungern-Sternberg (1886), Richard Adolf Zsigmondy (1865), Ivan Illich (1926), and Ferdinand IV, King of the Romans (1633).

Among PHYSICIANS In Austria

Among physicians born in Austria, Hans Asperger ranks 1After him are Hans Selye (1907), Aribert Heim (1914), Róbert Bárány (1876), Julius Wagner-Jauregg (1857), Eric Kandel (1929), Irmfried Eberl (1910), Leopold Auenbrugger (1722), Victor Babeș (1854), Bénédict Morel (1809), Paul Neumann (1875), and Fritz Klein (1932).