Hans Selye

1907 - 1982

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János Hugo Bruno "Hans" Selye (; Hungarian: Selye János Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈʃɛjɛ]; January 26, 1907 – October 16, 1982) was a pioneering Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist who conducted important scientific work on the hypothetical non-specific response of an organism to stressors. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans Selye has received more than 544,802 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Hans Selye is the 94th most popular physician (down from 70th in 2019), the 155th most popular biography from Austria (down from 136th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Austrian Physician.

Hans Selye is most famous for his discovery of the general adaptation syndrome.

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Among physicians, Hans Selye ranks 94 out of 726Before him are Walter Rudolf Hess, George Minot, Cyril of Jerusalem, Amenmesse, Jang-geum, and Joseph Lister. After him are Jean Nicot, Aribert Heim, Alexandre Yersin, Haldan Keffer Hartline, Róbert Bárány, and André Frédéric Cournand.

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Among people born in 1907, Hans Selye ranks 34Before him are Nikolaas Tinbergen, Sister Lúcia, François Duvalier, Daniel Bovet, Daphne du Maurier, and Otto Ohlendorf. After him are Burgess Meredith, Giovanna of Italy, Maurice Blanchot, Erich Mielke, Roman Shukhevych, and Dora Maar. Among people deceased in 1982, Hans Selye ranks 36Before him are Jiro Horikoshi, William Giauque, Mikhail Suslov, Stanford Moore, Curd Jürgens, and Ivan Bagramyan. After him are Władysław Gomułka, Cevdet Sunay, Bachir Gemayel, Helen of Greece and Denmark, Hermann Balck, and Walther Wenck.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Hans Selye ranks 155 out of 1,424Before him are Paul Ehrenfest (1880), Helmut Marko (1943), Heinz Fischer (1938), Walther von der Vogelweide (1170), Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria (1529), and Georg Joachim Rheticus (1514). After him are Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria (1842), Leopold V, Duke of Austria (1157), Angela Hitler (1883), Otto Weininger (1880), Rudolf I of Bohemia (1281), and Aribert Heim (1914).

Among PHYSICIANS In Austria

Among physicians born in Austria, Hans Selye ranks 2Before him are Hans Asperger (1906). After him are 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).