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Luc Montagnier

1932 - 2022

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Luc Montagnier (US: ; US: , French: [mɔ̃taɲje]; 18 August 1932 – 8 February 2022) was a French virologist and joint recipient, with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Harald zur Hausen, of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). He worked as a researcher at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and as a full-time professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.During the COVID-19 pandemic, Montagnier promoted the conspiracy theory that SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus, was deliberately created and escaped from a laboratory. Such a claim has been rejected by other virologists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Luc Montagnier has received more than 2,628,713 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Luc Montagnier is the 8th most popular biologist (up from 12th in 2019), the 127th most popular biography from France (up from 223rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Biologist.

Luc Montagnier is most famous for his work in the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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Among biologists, Luc Montagnier ranks 8 out of 841Before him are Carl Linnaeus, Gregor Mendel, Alexander Fleming, Ivan Pavlov, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. After him are Ernst Haeckel, James Watson, Karl Landsteiner, Konrad Lorenz, Peter Kropotkin, and Rosalind Franklin.

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Among people born in 1932, Luc Montagnier ranks 3Before him are Umberto Eco and Jacques Chirac. After him are Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Omar Sharif, Andrei Tarkovsky, François Truffaut, Miloš Forman, Johnny Cash, John Williams, and Cesare Maldini. Among people deceased in 2022, Luc Montagnier ranks 2Before him is Elizabeth II. After him are Sidney Poitier, Monica Vitti, Francisco Gento, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Meat Loaf, Olivia Newton-John, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Thierry Mugler, Lata Mangeshkar, and Ricardo Bofill.

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In France

Among people born in France, Luc Montagnier ranks 127 out of 6,011Before him are Hugh Capet (940), Jacques Chirac (1932), Louis XVIII of France (1755), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835), Henri Poincaré (1854), and Nicolas Poussin (1594). After him are Charles VI of France (1368), François Villon (1431), Roman Polanski (1933), Thérèse of Lisieux (1873), Godfrey of Bouillon (1060), and Sully Prudhomme (1839).

Among BIOLOGISTS In France

Among biologists born in France, Luc Montagnier ranks 2Before him are Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744). After him are Georges Cuvier (1769), Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707), Charles Richet (1850), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (1947), René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683), Adelbert von Chamisso (1781), Jean-Henri Fabre (1823), François Jacob (1920), Roger Guillemin (1924), and Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1748).