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Ignaz Semmelweis

1818 - 1865

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Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis (German: [ˈɪɡnaːts ˈzɛml̩vaɪs]; Hungarian: Semmelweis Ignác Fülöp [ˈsɛmmɛlvɛjs ˈiɡnaːts ˈfyløp]; 1 July 1818 – 13 August 1865) was a Hungarian physician and scientist, who was an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the "saviour of mothers", he discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as "childbed fever") could be drastically reduced by requiring 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 3,028,209 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Ignaz Semmelweis is the 17th most popular physician (down from 5th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Hungary (down from 2nd in 2019) and the most popular Hungarian Physician.

Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician who discovered that doctors could reduce the number of women dying in childbirth by washing their hands with a chlorine solution before delivering babies.

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Among physicians, Ignaz Semmelweis ranks 17 out of 502Before him are L. L. Zamenhof, Albert Schweitzer, William Harvey, Li Ching-Yuen, Cyril of Alexandria, and Cesare Lombroso. After him are Alois Alzheimer, Michael Servetus, Nestorius, Pedanius Dioscorides, Jacques Rogge, and Rudolf Virchow.

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Among people born in 1818, Ignaz Semmelweis ranks 5Before him are Karl Marx, James Prescott Joule, Alexander II of Russia, and Emily Brontë. After him are Ivan Turgenev, Christian IX of Denmark, Charles Gounod, Jacob Burckhardt, Lewis H. Morgan, Marius Petipa, 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, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia, Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, and Heinrich Barth.

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In Hungary

Among people born in Hungary, Ignaz Semmelweis ranks 14 out of 866Before him are George Soros (1930), Harry Houdini (1874), Louis II of Hungary (1506), Stephen I of Hungary (975), Miklós Horthy (1868), and Imre Nagy (1896). After him are Gaiseric (389), Louis I of Hungary (1326), Imre Kertész (1929), Jadwiga of Poland (1374), Count of St. Germain (1712), and Robert Capa (1913).

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), Emil Zuckerkandl (1849), Eva Klein (1925), Vilma Hugonnai (1847), Edith Farkas (1921), and Gabriele Possanner (1860).