Luc Montagnier

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Luc Montagnier (US: ; US: , French: [mɔ̃taɲe]; born 18 August 1932) is 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 has 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 was a promoter of the conspiracy theory that SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus, was deliberately created in, and thereafter escaped from a laboratory. Such a claim has been refuted by other virologists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Luc Montagnier has received more than 2,150,137 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Luc Montagnier is the 12th most popular biologist (up from 33rd in 2019), the 223rd most popular biography from France (up from 562nd 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 12 out of 844Before him are Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Ernst Haeckel, Konrad Lorenz, Karl Landsteiner, and James Watson. After him are Alfred Russel Wallace, Peter Kropotkin, Georges Cuvier, Richard Dawkins, Rosalind Franklin, and Francis Crick.

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Among people born in 1932, Luc Montagnier ranks 9Before him are Johnny Cash, Debbie Reynolds, Jacques Chirac, Andrei Tarkovsky, Omar Sharif, and Miloš Forman. After him are François Truffaut, John Williams, Cesare Maldini, Abebe Bikila, Peter O'Toole, and Gerhard Richter.

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In France

Among people born in France, Luc Montagnier ranks 223 out of 5,234Before him are François Boucher (1703), Stéphane Mallarmé (1842), Louis VII of France (1120), Gérard Depardieu (1948), Louis VIII of France (1187), and Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113). After him are Georges Clemenceau (1841), Gilles de Rais (1405), François Truffaut (1932), Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1796), Philip III of France (1245), and Charles XIV John of Sweden (1763).

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), Charles Richet (1850), Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707), Jean-Henri Fabre (1823), René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683), Adelbert von Chamisso (1781), François Jacob (1920), Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (1947), and André Michel Lwoff (1902).