Leo Kanner

1894 - 1981

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Leo Kanner (; born Chaskel Leib Kanner; June 13, 1894 – April 3, 1981) was an Austrian-American psychiatrist, physician, and social activist best known for his work related to infantile autism. Before working at the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Kanner practiced as a physician in Germany and South Dakota. In 1943, Kanner published his landmark paper Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact, describing 11 children who displayed "a powerful desire for aloneness" and "an obsessive insistence on persistent sameness." He named their condition "early infantile autism". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leo Kanner has received more than 378,395 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Leo Kanner is the 4,854th most popular politician (down from 4,105th in 2019), the 178th most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 139th in 2019) and the 56th most popular Ukrainian Politician.

Leo Kanner is most famous for his work in autism. He was the first person to describe autism as a disorder.

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Among politicians, Leo Kanner ranks 4,854 out of 19,576Before him are Jing Ke, Nicholas J. Spykman, Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, Moktar Ould Daddah, Ryszard Kaczorowski, and Anaxandridas II. After him are Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, Alexander II of Macedon, Jiroemon Kimura, Giovanni il Popolano, Hamani Diori, and Eupraxia of Kiev.

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Among people born in 1894, Leo Kanner ranks 55Before him are Walter Brennan, André Kertész, Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger, Bessie Smith, Ernst Lindemann, and Percy Spencer. After him are Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, Américo Tomás, Walter Warlimont, Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Anton Mussert, and Hans Kramers. Among people deceased in 1981, Leo Kanner ranks 39Before him are Zarah Leander, Mehmet Shehu, Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark, Omar Torrijos, David Wechsler, and Lobsang Rampa. After him are Alberto Suppici, Bill Shankly, Bill Haley, Lotte Lenya, Gyula Lóránt, and Karl Richter.

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In Ukraine

Among people born in Ukraine, Leo Kanner ranks 178 out of 1,365Before him are Robert Maxwell (1923), Valentyn Sylvestrov (1937), Moshé Feldenkrais (1904), Stanisław Jerzy Lec (1909), Pavel Popovich (1930), and Pavel Batitsky (1910). After him are Eupraxia of Kiev (1071), Valeriy Borzov (1949), David Bronstein (1924), Vladimir Gelfand (1923), Ivan Sirko (1610), and Maria Prymachenko (1908).

Among POLITICIANS In Ukraine

Among politicians born in Ukraine, Leo Kanner ranks 56Before him are Nikolai Ryzhkov (1929), Oleksandr Turchynov (1964), Jeremi Wiśniowiecki (1612), Ewelina Hańska (1805), Konstanty Ostrogski (1460), and Robert Maxwell (1923). After him are Eupraxia of Kiev (1071), Valeriy Borzov (1949), Ivan Sirko (1610), Georgy Pyatakov (1890), Batbayan (700), and Mstislav II of Kiev (1200).