J. B. S. Haldane

1892 - 1964

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John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (; 5 November 1892 – 1 December 1964), nicknamed "Jack" or "JBS", was a British scientist known for his works in physiology, genetics, evolutionary biology, and mathematics. With innovative use of statistics in biology, he was one of the founders of neo-Darwinism. Haldane's article on abiogenesis in 1929 introduced the "primordial soup theory", which became the foundation for the concept of the chemical origin of life. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of J. B. S. Haldane has received more than 659,841 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). J. B. S. Haldane is the 136th most popular biologist (down from 131st in 2019), the 955th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 837th in 2019) and the 20th most popular British Biologist.

Haldane is most famous for his work in population genetics. He is credited with the first mathematical analysis of population growth and he was one of the first scientists to propose that natural selection could be a significant force in evolution.

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Among biologists, J. B. S. Haldane ranks 136 out of 844Before him are Robert Whittaker, Mario Capecchi, Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Theodor Escherich, Stephen Jay Gould, and Michel Adanson. After him are Sylvia Earle, Philip Sclater, Oliver Smithies, Susumu Tonegawa, George Shaw, and Roger Guillemin.

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Among people born in 1892, J. B. S. Haldane ranks 58Before him are Oswald Pohl, Hjalmar Siilasvuo, Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth, Mikhail Kirponos, Paul Abraham, and Rafael Moreno Aranzadi. After him are Tamon Yamaguchi, Richard Neutra, Tazio Nuvolari, Günther Blumentritt, Edith Södergran, and Eiji Yoshikawa. Among people deceased in 1964, J. B. S. Haldane ranks 36Before him are Emilio Aguinaldo, Sam Cooke, Sigfrid Edström, Douglas McGregor, Princess Auguste of Bavaria, and Maurice Thorez. After him are Heinrich Neuhaus, August Sander, Peter Lorre, Werner Kempf, Alan Ladd, and Halide Edib Adıvar.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, J. B. S. Haldane ranks 955 out of 6,924Before him are Stephen Frears (1941), Mary Kingsley (1862), Shirley Bassey (1937), Hugh Lofting (1886), John Berger (1926), and Naomi Campbell (1970). After him are Damon Hill (1960), David Prowse (1935), Amy Winehouse (1983), Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March (1287), Kim Cattrall (1956), and James Anderson (1680).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, J. B. S. Haldane ranks 20Before him are John Gurdon (1933), Desmond Morris (1928), John Ray (1627), Archibald Hill (1886), William Bateson (1861), and William Carey (1761). After him are Philip Sclater (1829), Oliver Smithies (1925), George Shaw (1751), Anna Atkins (1799), Charles Bell (1774), and George Robert Gray (1808).