Katherine Oppenheimer

1910 - 1972

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Katherine Vissering "Kitty" Oppenheimer (née Puening; August 8, 1910 – October 27, 1972) was a German American biologist, botanist, and a member of the Communist Party of America until leaving in the 1930s. Her husbands were Frank Ramseyer, Joe Dallet, Richard Stewart Harrison, and physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project's Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II. Katherine Vissering "Kitty" Puening was born in Recklinghausen, Westphalia, Prussia, Germany, on August 8, 1910, the only child of Franz Puening and Käthe Vissering. Although she claimed that her father was a prince and that her mother was related to Queen Victoria, Kitty would say that her father was the prince of a small state called Westphalia in Germany. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Katherine Oppenheimer has received more than 6,537,584 page views. Her biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia. Katherine Oppenheimer is the 28th most popular biologist, the 349th most popular biography from Germany and the 3rd most popular German Biologist.

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Among biologists, Katherine Oppenheimer ranks 28 out of 1,097Before her are Richard Dawkins, Maria Sibylla Merian, Conrad Gessner, Jules Bordet, Rachel Carson, and Yoshinori Ohsumi. After her are Theodor Schwann, Ada Yonath, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Barbara McClintock, Albrecht Kossel, and Charles Richet.

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Among people born in 1910, Katherine Oppenheimer ranks 11Before her are Ingrid of Sweden, Robert K. Merton, Irena Sendler, Gloria Stuart, Jean Genet, and Paulette Goddard. After her are Django Reinhardt, Konrad Zuse, Jacques Monod, Eric Berne, Chiang Ching-kuo, and Gerda Taro. Among people deceased in 1972, Katherine Oppenheimer ranks 16Before her are Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Igor Sikorsky, Ezra Pound, Kwame Nkrumah, Franz Halder, and Cristóbal Balenciaga. After her are Talal of Jordan, Paul Hausser, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Erhard Milch, Maurice Chevalier, and Dino Buzzati.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Katherine Oppenheimer ranks 349 out of 7,253Before her are Valdemar I of Denmark (1131), Maurice, Prince of Orange (1567), August von Mackensen (1849), Adam Weishaupt (1748), Richard Dedekind (1831), and Martin Niemöller (1892). After her are Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria (1808), Ulrike Meinhof (1934), Emil Kraepelin (1856), Thomas à Kempis (1380), Theodor Schwann (1810), and Otto Dix (1891).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Germany

Among biologists born in Germany, Katherine Oppenheimer ranks 3Before her are Ernst Haeckel (1834), and Maria Sibylla Merian (1647). After her are Theodor Schwann (1810), Albrecht Kossel (1853), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), Harald zur Hausen (1936), Hans Spemann (1869), Peter Simon Pallas (1741), August Weismann (1834), Ernst Mayr (1904), and Bernard Katz (1911).