Macfarlane Burnet

1899 - 1985

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Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet (3 September 1899 – 31 August 1985), usually known as Macfarlane or Mac Burnet, was an Australian virologist known for his contributions to immunology. He won a Nobel Prize in 1960 for predicting acquired immune tolerance and he developed the theory of clonal selection. Burnet received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Melbourne in 1924, and his PhD from the University of London in 1928. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Macfarlane Burnet has received more than 126,793 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Macfarlane Burnet is the 121st most popular biologist (up from 136th in 2019), the 28th most popular biography from Australia (up from 32nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Australian Biologist.

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Over the past year Macfarlane Burnet has had the most page views in the with 17,837 views, followed by Chinese (4,227), and Spanish (3,754). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Bengali (331.99%), Hebrew (150.00%), and Uzbek (75.29%)


Among biologists, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 121 out of 1,097Before him are Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Carl Woese, Edward B. Lewis, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, Sydney Brenner, and Har Gobind Khorana. After him are Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, Martinus Beijerinck, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Othenio Abel, Charles Scott Sherrington, and August Grisebach.

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Among people born in 1899, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 43Before him are Suzanne Lenglen, John Hasbrouck Van Vleck, Leo Strauss, Bronislav Kaminski, Chang Myon, and Lucio Fontana. After him are Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, Sobhuza II, James Cagney, Franz Jonas, Kazi Nazrul Islam, and Georges Auric. Among people deceased in 1985, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 26Before him are Anne Baxter, Ferhat Abbas, John Franklin Enders, Paul Flory, Margaret Mahler, and Emil Gilels. After him are James Hadley Chase, George Pólya, Robert Graves, Elsa Morante, Kyu Sakamoto, and Henry Hathaway.

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In Australia

Among people born in Australia, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 28 out of 1,143Before him are Colleen McCullough (1937), Hugh Jackman (1968), John Eccles (1903), V. Gordon Childe (1892), Robin Warren (1937), and Peter Singer (1946). After him are Steve Irwin (1962), John Cornforth (1917), P. L. Travers (1899), Lionel Logue (1880), Ned Kelly (1855), and Tamam Shud case (1903).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Australia

Among biologists born in Australia, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 2Before him are Elizabeth Blackburn (1948). After him are David Bruce (1855), Robert May, Baron May of Oxford (1936), David A. Sinclair (1969), Frank Fenner (1914), and Suzanne Cory (1942).