Henrietta Lacks

1920 - 1951

Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks (born Loretta Pleasant; August 1, 1920 – October 4, 1951) was an African-American woman whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized human cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. An immortalized cell line reproduces indefinitely under specific conditions, and the HeLa cell line continues to be a source of invaluable medical data to the present day.Lacks was the unwitting source of these cells from a tumor biopsied during treatment for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., in 1951. These cells were then cultured by George Otto Gey who created the cell line known as HeLa, which is still used for medical research. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henrietta Lacks has received more than 5,399,883 page views. Her biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 43rd most popular celebrity.

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Among celebrities, Henrietta Lacks ranks 51 out of 140Before her are Dan Inosanto, Annie Oakley, Albert Pierrepoint, Kim Peek, Roy Sullivan, and Madeleine Astor. After her are Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione, Barbara Hutton, Sultan Kösen, Victor Kugler, Florence Owens Thompson, and Ethel Kennedy.

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Among people born in 1920, Henrietta Lacks ranks 118Before her are Richard Farnsworth, Cornelis Johannes van Houten, Eva Dahlbeck, Eduardo Mondlane, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, and Stan Ockers. After her are Alf Ramsey, Delbert Mann, Miguel Delibes, Meliton Kantaria, Christopher Robin Milne, and Yevgeny Dragunov. Among people deceased in 1951, Henrietta Lacks ranks 54Before her are Adam Stefan Sapieha, Ernst von Weizsäcker, Warner Baxter, Erich Naumann, Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, and Yoshio Nishina. After her are Robert Grant Aitken, Maria Montez, Tadeusz Borowski, François Georges-Picot, Princess Hélène of Orléans, and Louis Jouvet.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Henrietta Lacks ranks 2,279 out of 12,171Before her are Leslie Easterbrook (1949), Tobe Hooper (1943), William Peter Blatty (1928), Philo Farnsworth (1906), Seth Barnes Nicholson (1891), and Marisa Berenson (1947). After her are Stacy Keach (1941), Suzanne Collins (1962), Joe Pass (1929), James W. Christy (1938), John Cusack (1966), and Cy Young (1867).

Among CELEBRITIES In United States

Among celebrities born in United States, Henrietta Lacks ranks 23Before her are Paris Hilton (1981), Dan Inosanto (1936), Annie Oakley (1860), Kim Peek (1951), Roy Sullivan (1912), and Madeleine Astor (1893). After her are Barbara Hutton (1912), Florence Owens Thompson (1903), Ethel Kennedy (1928), Betsy Ross (1752), William Masters (1915), and Johnny Appleseed (1774).