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Phoebus Levene

1869 - 1940

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Phoebus Aaron Theodore Levene (25 February 1869 – 6 September 1940) was a Russian-born American biochemist who studied the structure and function of nucleic acids. He characterized the different forms of nucleic acid, DNA from RNA, and found that DNA contained adenine, guanine, thymine, cytosine, deoxyribose, and a phosphate group.He was born into a Litvak (Lithuanian Jewish) family as Fishel Rostropovich Levin in the town of Žagarė in Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire, but grew up in St. Petersburg. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Phoebus Levene has received more than 144,071 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Phoebus Levene is the 408th most popular chemist (up from 420th in 2019), the 96th most popular biography from Lithuania (down from 88th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Lithuanian Chemist.

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Among chemists, Phoebus Levene ranks 408 out of 509Before him are Georges Urbain, James Smithson, Peter J. Ratcliffe, Jeremias Benjamin Richter, Joseph Achille Le Bel, and John Walker. After him are Adolph Frank, Gaston Tissandier, Asima Chatterjee, Morris Travers, Albert Niemann, and Roderick MacKinnon.

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Among people born in 1869, Phoebus Levene ranks 92Before him are Léon Brunschvicg, Slobodan Jovanović, Robbie Ross, Kiến Phúc, Archduchess Karoline Marie of Austria, and Boris Rosing. After him are Georgette Leblanc, Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, Henry Carton de Wiart, Carlos Viegas Gago Coutinho, Armas Järnefelt, and Edwin Lutyens. Among people deceased in 1940, Phoebus Levene ranks 105Before him are Wehib Pasha, Mikhail Koshkin, Janusz Kusociński, Ernst Weiss, Janina Lewandowska, and Tom Mix. After him are Raymond Smith Dugan, Silvestre Revueltas, Fanny Brate, Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, Mikhail Koltsov, and Umberto Caligaris.

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In Lithuania

Among people born in Lithuania, Phoebus Levene ranks 96 out of 287Before him are Raphael Kalinowski (1835), Oskar Minkowski (1858), Vlado Perlemuter (1904), Maironis (1862), Bernard Berenson (1865), and Gediminas Kirkilas (1951). After him are Šarūnas Jasikevičius (1976), Morta (1210), Maximilian Steinberg (1883), Mark Antokolsky (1843), Jacques Sernas (1925), and Yakov Smushkevich (1902).

Among CHEMISTS In Lithuania

Among chemists born in Lithuania, Phoebus Levene ranks 3Before him are Wilfrid Voynich (1865) and Aaron Klug (1926).