Joseph Lister

1827 - 1912

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Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, (5 April 1827 – 10 February 1912) was a British surgeon, medical scientist, experimental pathologist and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery and preventive healthcare. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Lister has received more than 1,639,960 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Joseph Lister is the 93rd most popular physician (down from 65th in 2019), the 484th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 405th in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Physician.

Joseph Lister is most famous for his work in the field of antiseptic surgery. He introduced the use of carbolic acid (phenol) to sterilize surgical instruments and the operating theater, and to clean wounds.

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  • 71

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  • 5.28

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  • 5.40

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Over the past year Joseph Lister has had the most page views in the with 246,720 views, followed by Spanish (41,654), and German (15,753). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Macedonian (128.24%), Ido (107.13%), and Azerbaijani (94.93%)


Among physicians, Joseph Lister ranks 93 out of 726Before him are Hotepsekhemwy, Walter Rudolf Hess, George Minot, Cyril of Jerusalem, Amenmesse, and Jang-geum. After him are Hans Selye, Jean Nicot, Aribert Heim, Alexandre Yersin, Haldan Keffer Hartline, and Róbert Bárány.

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Among people born in 1827, Joseph Lister ranks 6Before him are Johanna Spyri, Arnold Böcklin, Josef Strauss, Francisco Solano López, and Ellen G. White. After him are Heonjong of Joseon, Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia, Deodoro da Fonseca, Marcellin Berthelot, William Holman Hunt, and Charles De Coster. Among people deceased in 1912, Joseph Lister ranks 13Before him are Bram Stoker, Edward Smith, Karl May, Thomas Andrews, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and Robert Falcon Scott. After him are Auguste Beernaert, Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria, William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Benjamin Guggenheim, William McMaster Murdoch, and Johann Martin Schleyer.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Joseph Lister ranks 484 out of 8,785Before him are Muriel Spark (1918), Kate Winslet (1975), Robert Robinson (1886), Diana Rigg (1938), Nick Mason (1944), and Margot Fonteyn (1919). After him are John Smith (1580), John Dowland (1563), John Cleese (1939), Martin Amis (1949), George Everest (1790), and Ernest Thompson Seton (1860).

Among PHYSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among physicians born in United Kingdom, Joseph Lister ranks 4Before him are Edward Jenner (1749), William Harvey (1578), and Elizabeth Blackwell (1821). After him are James Parkinson (1755), Niels Kaj Jerne (1911), John Snow (1813), Edgar Adrian (1889), James Black (1924), John Langdon Down (1828), Frederick Griffith (1879), and Alan Hodgkin (1914).