Joseph Needham

1900 - 1995

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Noel Joseph Terence Montgomery Needham (; 9 December 1900 – 24 March 1995) was a British biochemist, historian and sinologist known for his scientific research and writing on the history of Chinese science and technology. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1941, and a fellow of the British Academy in 1971. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Needham has received more than 383,710 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Joseph Needham is the 1,404th most popular writer (up from 1,526th in 2019), the 1,101st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,157th in 2019) and the 131st most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, Joseph Needham ranks 1,404 out of 5,794Before him are Thoinot Arbeau, Rodolphe Töpffer, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Zachris Topelius, Raymond Roussel, and Alexander Radishchev. After him are Albert Memmi, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Ubertino of Casale, Archestratus, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, and Fulcher of Chartres.

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Among people born in 1900, Joseph Needham ranks 67Before him are Gilbert Ryle, Rudolf Diels, Pridi Banomyong, Franz Walter Stahlecker, Ignazio Silone, and Werner Haase. After him are Alfred Newman, Helen Hayes, William Heinesen, Mária Telkes, Camille Chamoun, and Robert Desnos. Among people deceased in 1995, Joseph Needham ranks 62Before him are Ko Takamoro, Carlos Monzón, James Meade, Ernest Mandel, Heiner Müller, and César Rodríguez Álvarez. After him are Günter Guillaume, Mária Telkes, Morarji Desai, Clair Cameron Patterson, Yves Congar, and Selena.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Joseph Needham ranks 1,101 out of 6,924Before him are Pete Postlethwaite (1946), Keira Knightley (1985), Lilian, Princess of Réthy (1916), William the Lion (1142), Harriet Taylor Mill (1807), and Charles Scott Sherrington (1952). After him are John Lydon (1956), Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689), Prince Michael of Kent (1942), Joseph Banks (1743), Henry Walter Bates (1825), and Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Joseph Needham ranks 131Before him are Joseph Addison (1672), Lord Alfred Douglas (1870), Thomas Chatterton (1752), James Murray (1837), Colin Wilson (1931), and Barbara Cartland (1901). After him are Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689), Evelyn Waugh (1903), Vita Sackville-West (1892), Samuel Pepys (1633), Seamus Heaney (1939), and John Webster (1578).