Niels Kaj Jerne

1911 - 1994

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Niels Kaj Jerne, FRS (23 December 1911 – 7 October 1994) was a Danish immunologist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1984 with Georges J. F. Köhler and César Milstein "for theories concerning the specificity in development and control of the immune system and the discovery of the principle for production of monoclonal antibodies". Jerne is known for three significant ideas. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Niels Kaj Jerne has received more than 124,710 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Niels Kaj Jerne is the 115th most popular physician (up from 126th in 2019), the 582nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 697th in 2019) and the 6th most popular British Physician.

Niels Kaj Jerne is most famous for his work in immunology. He is considered the father of modern immunology. In 1984, he won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in understanding how the immune system recognizes and responds to foreign invaders.

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Among physicians, Niels Kaj Jerne ranks 115 out of 726Before him are Eric Kandel, Ulf von Euler, Jonas Salk, Andrew Schally, Arvid Carlsson, and Friedrich Miescher. After him are Ryke Geerd Hamer, Santorio Santorio, Erasistratus, Francis Peyton Rous, Franz Joseph Gall, and Richard von Krafft-Ebing.

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Among people born in 1911, Niels Kaj Jerne ranks 35Before him are Jules Dassin, Milovan Đilas, William Alfred Fowler, Bernard Katz, Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark, and William Howard Stein. After him are Ginger Rogers, Max Frisch, Odysseas Elytis, Trygve Haavelmo, Ernesto Sabato, and John Archibald Wheeler. Among people deceased in 1994, Niels Kaj Jerne ranks 40Before him are Henry Mancini, Sergei Bondarchuk, Gian Maria Volonté, Marija Gimbutas, Juvénal Habyarimana, and Pierre Boulle. After him are Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia, Witold Lutosławski, Fernando Rey, Pujie, Roger Wolcott Sperry, and Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Niels Kaj Jerne ranks 582 out of 8,785Before him are A. J. Cronin (1896), Jonathan Pryce (1947), Antony Hewish (1924), Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767), Richard of Cornwall (1209), and Maud of Wales (1869). After him are A. S. Neill (1883), Chris Slade (1946), Erasmus Darwin (1731), Tony Iommi (1948), Annie Lennox (1954), and Joan Collins (1933).

Among PHYSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among physicians born in United Kingdom, Niels Kaj Jerne ranks 6Before him are Edward Jenner (1749), William Harvey (1578), Elizabeth Blackwell (1821), Joseph Lister (1827), and James Parkinson (1755). After him are John Snow (1813), Edgar Adrian (1889), James Black (1924), John Langdon Down (1828), Frederick Griffith (1879), and Alan Hodgkin (1914).