Joshua Lederberg

1925 - 2008

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Joshua Lederberg, ForMemRS (May 23, 1925 – February 2, 2008) was an American molecular biologist known for his work in microbial genetics, artificial intelligence, and the United States space program. He was 33 years old when he won the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering that bacteria can mate and exchange genes (bacterial conjugation). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joshua Lederberg has received more than 309,756 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Joshua Lederberg is the 171st most popular biologist (down from 117th in 2019), the 1,705th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,126th in 2019) and the 26th most popular American Biologist.

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Among biologists, Joshua Lederberg ranks 171 out of 844Before him are Adolf Engler, Charles Scott Sherrington, Mathurin Jacques Brisson, Joseph Banks, Henry Walter Bates, and Joseph Dalton Hooker. After him are Ana Aslan, John James Audubon, Gaspard Bauhin, Thomas Huckle Weller, Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, and Sergei Winogradsky.

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Among people born in 1925, Joshua Lederberg ranks 95Before him are Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen, Gore Vidal, Hildegard Knef, Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, Aliya Moldagulova, and Toshio Iwatani. After him are Serge Moscovici, Georges Delerue, Dettmar Cramer, Robert Hardy, Luciano Leggio, and Moshe Arens. Among people deceased in 2008, Joshua Lederberg ranks 61Before him are Lansana Conté, Hugo Claus, Bo Diddley, Jean-Marie Balestre, Janez Drnovšek, and Isaac Hayes. After him are Eartha Kitt, Thomas Huckle Weller, Henri Cartan, Dora Ratjen, Donald E. Westlake, and Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joshua Lederberg ranks 1,705 out of 15,968Before him are Eugene Fama (1939), Benjamin Bloom (1913), Thomas Tew (1649), Alfred Newman (1900), Anthony Kiedis (1962), and Robert Trujillo (1964). After him are James Gandolfini (1961), Danny Kaye (1911), John Robert Schrieffer (1931), Beck (1970), Billy Milligan (1955), and Chris Kyle (1974).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Joshua Lederberg ranks 26Before him are Norman Borlaug (1914), Hamilton O. Smith (1931), George Wald (1906), Temple Grandin (1947), George Davis Snell (1903), and David Baltimore (1938). After him are Thomas Huckle Weller (1915), Nettie Stevens (1861), Clair Cameron Patterson (1922), Edward B. Lewis (1918), Daniel Nathans (1928), and Robert Gallo (1937).