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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 101,331 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Macfarlane Burnet is the 132nd most popular biologist (up from 232nd in 2019), the 32nd most popular biography from Australia (up from 56th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Australian Biologist.

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Among biologists, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 132 out of 841Before him are Aimé Bonpland, Martin Evans, Edward B. Lewis, Carl Woese, Elias Magnus Fries, and Walther Flemming. After him are Joshua Lederberg, Hamilton O. Smith, Nettie Stevens, Salvador Luria, Georg Forster, and Emmanuelle Charpentier.

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Among people born in 1899, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 52Before him are Louis Chiron, Sobhuza II, John Hasbrouck Van Vleck, Lev Kuleshov, Henri Michaux, and Lao She. After him are Louis Hjelmslev, Charles Boyer, Georges Auric, P. L. Travers, Georges Bidault, and Philipp Bouhler. Among people deceased in 1985, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 34Before him are Rodney Robert Porter, James Hadley Chase, Robert Graves, George Pólya, Kyu Sakamoto, and Donald O. Hebb. After him are The Singing Nun, Tage Erlander, Méret Oppenheim, Tjalling Koopmans, André Kertész, and Ernst Öpik.

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In Australia

Among people born in Australia, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 32 out of 925Before him are Alexander Prokhorov (1916), Peter Weir (1944), Joan Sutherland (1926), Ned Kelly (1855), Robin Warren (1937), and Kylie Minogue (1968). After him are P. L. Travers (1899), Roy Emerson (1936), Howard Florey (1898), John Cornforth (1917), Sia (1975), and Eric Bana (1968).

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), Frank Fenner (1914), and Suzanne Cory (1942).