John B. Calhoun

1917 - 1995

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John Bumpass Calhoun (May 11, 1917 – September 7, 1995) was an American ethologist and behavioral researcher noted for his studies of population density and its effects on behavior. He claimed that the bleak effects of overpopulation on rodents were a grim model for the future of the human race. During his studies, Calhoun coined the term "behavioral sink" to describe aberrant behaviors in overcrowded population density situations and "beautiful ones" to describe passive individuals who withdrew from all social interaction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John B. Calhoun has received more than 920,058 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). John B. Calhoun is the 94th most popular biologist (up from 170th in 2019), the 903rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,680th in 2019) and the 12th most popular American Biologist.

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Among biologists, John B. Calhoun ranks 94 out of 1,097Before him are Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Erasmus Darwin, Aaron Ciechanover, Otto Wilhelm Hermann von Abich, Philip Sclater, and Hermann Joseph Muller. After him are Gabriele Falloppio, Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, Günter Blobel, Jules A. Hoffmann, Lynn Margulis, and Oliver Smithies.

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Among people born in 1917, John B. Calhoun ranks 34Before him are Robert Burns Woodward, Nur Muhammad Taraki, Rochus Misch, Sven Hassel, Tove Ditlevsen, and Dizzy Gillespie. After him are John Lee Hooker, Fernando Rey, Herbert A. Hauptman, Kiro Gligorov, John Kendrew, and Jane Wyman. Among people deceased in 1995, John B. Calhoun ranks 32Before him are Souphanouvong, William Alfred Fowler, Jonas Salk, Alec Douglas-Home, Ginger Rogers, and Fred Perry. After him are Hugo Pratt, Christian B. Anfinsen, Aziz Nesin, Edda Mussolini, Roger Zelazny, and Louis Malle.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John B. Calhoun ranks 903 out of 20,380Before him are Magic Johnson (1959), Maya Angelou (1928), George A. Romero (1940), James Cromwell (1940), Jimmy Connors (1952), and Asaph Hall (1829). After him are Richard Rorty (1931), Sheldon Lee Glashow (1932), Daniel Keyes (1927), Roy J. Glauber (1925), Lewis Strauss (1896), and John Lee Hooker (1917).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, John B. Calhoun ranks 12Before him are Sylvia Earle (1935), George Beadle (1903), Irwin Rose (1926), Linda B. Buck (1947), Stanley B. Prusiner (1942), and Hermann Joseph Muller (1890). After him are Lynn Margulis (1938), John Franklin Enders (1897), Nettie Stevens (1861), Thomas Huckle Weller (1915), Edward Tatum (1909), and Alfred Hershey (1908).