Otto Loewi

1873 - 1961

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Otto Loewi (German: [ˈɔtoː ˈløːvi] ; 3 June 1873 – 25 December 1961) was a German-born pharmacologist and psychobiologist who discovered the role of acetylcholine as an endogenous neurotransmitter. For this discovery, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1936, which he shared with Sir Henry Dale, who was a lifelong friend that helped to inspire the neurotransmitter experiment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Otto Loewi has received more than 237,937 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Otto Loewi is the 67th most popular physician (up from 97th in 2019), the 490th most popular biography from Germany (up from 615th in 2019) and the 10th most popular German Physician.

Otto Loewi is most famous for his work on the chemical transmission of nerve impulses. In 1921, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the chemical transmission of nerve impulses.

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Among physicians, Otto Loewi ranks 67 out of 726Before him are Hans Asperger, William P. Murphy, Johannes Fibiger, Francesco Redi, Shirō Ishii, and Ferid Murad. After him are Christiaan Barnard, Herophilos, Elias Lönnrot, Niels Ryberg Finsen, Frederick Banting, and Stanley Cohen.

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Among people born in 1873, Otto Loewi ranks 13Before him are Jules Rimet, Alexis Carrel, Thomas Andrews, Luigi Lucheni, Henri Barbusse, and Alfred Jarry. After him are Karl Schwarzschild, Hans von Euler-Chelpin, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Julius Martov, G. E. Moore, and Max Reger. Among people deceased in 1961, Otto Loewi ranks 14Before him are Gary Cooper, Percy Williams Bridgman, Jules Bordet, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Mohammed V of Morocco, and Rafael Trujillo. After him are Adnan Menderes, Frantz Fanon, Zog I of Albania, Paul Landowski, Kurt Meyer, and Luigi Einaudi.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Otto Loewi ranks 490 out of 7,253Before him are John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg (1572), Ernst Bloch (1885), Rupert, King of Germany (1352), Dietrich von Choltitz (1894), Emile Berliner (1851), and Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France (1731). After him are Sophia of Nassau (1836), Jean Paul (1763), Hans Eysenck (1916), Samuel von Pufendorf (1632), Pope Victor II (1018), and Fritz Todt (1891).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Otto Loewi ranks 10Before him are Georgius Agricola (1494), Emil Kraepelin (1856), Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), and Gerhard Domagk (1895). After him are Theodor Morell (1886), Werner Forssmann (1904), Ryke Geerd Hamer (1935), Franz Joseph Gall (1758), Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840), and Johannes Peter Müller (1801).