Ignaz Semmelweis

1818 - 1865

Ignaz Semmelweis

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis (German: [ˈɪɡnaːts ˈzɛml̩vaɪs]; Hungarian: Semmelweis Ignác Fülöp; 1 July 1818 – 13 August 1865) was a Hungarian physician and scientist, now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the "saviour of mothers", Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as "childbed fever") could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics. Puerperal fever was common in mid-19th-century hospitals and often fatal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ignaz Semmelweis has received more than 2,171,935 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 22nd most popular physician.

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Among physicians, Ignaz Semmelweis ranks 20 out of 438Before him are William Harvey, Cyril of Alexandria, Alois Alzheimer, Cesare Lombroso, Nestorius, and Pedanius Dioscorides. After him are Li Ching-Yuen, Michael Servetus, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, Georgius Agricola, Jean-Martin Charcot, and Rita Levi-Montalcini.

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Among people born in 1818, Ignaz Semmelweis ranks 7Before him are Karl Marx, James Prescott Joule, Ivan Turgenev, Alexander II of Russia, Emily Brontë, and Charles Gounod. After him are Christian IX of Denmark, Jacob Burckhardt, Marius Petipa, Lewis H. Morgan, Adolf Anderssen, and Rudolf von Jhering. Among people deceased in 1865, Ignaz Semmelweis ranks 5Before him are Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and Leopold I of Belgium. After him are Emil Lenz, William Rowan Hamilton, Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia, Johann Franz Encke, Robert FitzRoy, and Infante Francisco de Paula, Duke of Cádiz.

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In Hungary

Among people born in Hungary, Ignaz Semmelweis ranks 21 out of 500Before him are Gaiseric (389), Imre Kertész (1929), Count of St. Germain (1712), Robert Capa (1913), György Lukács (1885), and Árpád (845). After him are Louis I of Hungary (1326), Andrew II of Hungary (1175), Victor Vasarely (1906), Dennis Gabor (1900), Edward Teller (1908), and Zoltán Kodály (1882).

Among PHYSICIANS In Hungary

Among physicians born in Hungary, Ignaz Semmelweis ranks 1After him are Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893), Kálmán Kalocsay (1891), Thomas Szasz (1920), Moritz Kaposi (1837), Gabriele Possanner (1860), and Vilma Hugonnai (1847).

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