Max Theiler

1899 - 1972

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Max Theiler (30 January 1899 – 11 August 1972) was a South African-American virologist and physician. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1951 for developing a vaccine against yellow fever in 1937, becoming the first African-born Nobel laureate.Born in Pretoria, Theiler was educated in South Africa through completion of his degree in medical school. He went to London for postgraduate work at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School, King's College London, and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, earning a 1922 diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Max Theiler has received more than 135,939 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia. Max Theiler is the 69th most popular biologist (down from 63rd in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 14th in 2019) and the most popular South African Biologist.

Max Theiler was a virologist who developed a vaccine for yellow fever.

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Among biologists, Max Theiler ranks 69 out of 844Before him are Ibn al-Baitar, Philip Miller, Albert Claude, Julian Huxley, Hans Christian Gram, and Carl Peter Thunberg. After him are Alexander Oparin, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Martinus Beijerinck, Gabriele Falloppio, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, and Hermann Joseph Muller.

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Among people born in 1899, Max Theiler ranks 32Before him are Alfred Schütz, Gustav Heinemann, Cevdet Sunay, George Cukor, Albert Claude, and Bertil Ohlin. After him are Emma Morano, Suzanne Lenglen, Bronislav Kaminski, P. L. Travers, James Cagney, and Georg von Békésy. Among people deceased in 1972, Max Theiler ranks 26Before him are Andrei Tupolev, Talal of Jordan, Asta Nielsen, Athenagoras I of Constantinople, Maurice Chevalier, and Cristóbal Balenciaga. After him are Heinrich Lübke, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Lale Andersen, Georg von Békésy, Jackie Robinson, and Henri Coandă.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Max Theiler ranks 18 out of 312Before him are Miriam Makeba (1932), Charlize Theron (1975), Paul Kruger (1825), Thabo Mbeki (1942), Jacob Zuma (1942), and P. W. Botha (1916). After him are Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936), Jan Smuts (1870), Sydney Brenner (1927), Steve Biko (1946), and Jody Scheckter (1950).

Among BIOLOGISTS In South Africa

Among biologists born in South Africa, Max Theiler ranks 1After him are Sydney Brenner (1927), Christiaan Hendrik Persoon (1761), Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer (1907), and Austin Stevens (1950).