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 92,159 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Macfarlane Burnet is the 232nd most popular biologist (down from 172nd in 2019), the 56th most popular biography from Australia (down from 39th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Australian Biologist.

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Among biologists, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 232 out of 844Before him are Friedrich Loeffler, Carl Ludwig Blume, Otto Brunfels, Howard Martin Temin, Ludwik Fleck, and Otto Wilhelm Hermann von Abich. After him are Johann Heinrich Friedrich Link, Hermann Burmeister, Carl Sigismund Kunth, Jeffrey C. Hall, Rudolf Vrba, and Adam Afzelius.

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Among people born in 1899, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 85Before him are Adam Rainer, Hans Swarowsky, Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei, Artur da Costa e Silva, Michał Kalecki, and Hans Krása. After him are Pavel Haas, Ida Kamińska, Princess Margaretha of Sweden, Akim Tamiroff, Wolf Messing, and Max Simon. Among people deceased in 1985, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 61Before him are Wellington Koo, Philly Joe Jones, Ruth Gordon, Nicolas Frantz, Denis de Rougemont, and David Purley. After him are Helmuth Plessner, Karl-Adolf Hollidt, Theodore Sturgeon, Michael Redgrave, Fred Uhlman, and Heinz Hoffmann.

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In Australia

Among people born in Australia, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 56 out of 790Before him are Jonathan Hyde (1948), Raymond Dart (1893), Phil Rudd (1954), Thomas Keneally (1935), Barry Marshall (1951), and Flea (1962). After him are Michael Hutchence (1960), John Newcombe (1944), Rhonda Byrne (1945), Ken Rosewall (1934), Peter Norman (1942), and David Bruce (1855).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Australia

Among biologists born in Australia, Macfarlane Burnet ranks 2Before him are Elizabeth Blackburn (1948). After him are David Bruce (1855) and Robert May, Baron May of Oxford (1936).