Phoebus Levene

1869 - 1940

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Phoebus Aaron Theodore Levene (25 February 1869 – 6 September 1940) was an 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 132,342 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Phoebus Levene is the 420th most popular chemist (down from 416th in 2019), the 88th most popular biography from Lithuania (down from 79th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Lithuanian Chemist.

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Among chemists, Phoebus Levene ranks 420 out of 510Before him are Jeremias Benjamin Richter, Kamala Sohonie, Archibald Scott Couper, Peter Woulfe, Maclyn McCarty, and Hans Goldschmidt. After him are Edward Charles Howard, Jacques-Louis Soret, Nikolay Zinin, Oswald Schmiedeberg, Johann Schweigger, and Eugène-Anatole Demarçay.

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Among people born in 1869, Phoebus Levene ranks 101Before him are Dmitri Egorov, Hendrikus Colijn, Gerrit Smith Miller, Edwin Lutyens, Mary Agnes Chase, and Robert W. Paul. After him are Henry Wood, Marcel Cachin, Friedrich Wilhelm Foerster, Johannes Linnankoski, Augusto Tasso Fragoso, and August Blom. Among people deceased in 1940, Phoebus Levene ranks 110Before him are Alicia Boole Stott, Albin Lermusiaux, Udham Singh, Karimeh Abbud, Gheorghe Argeșanu, and Maciej Rataj. After him are Kamal-ol-molk, Piero Toscani, Sam Eyde, Juan Carreño, Charley Chase, and Janina Lewandowska.

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In Lithuania

Among people born in Lithuania, Phoebus Levene ranks 88 out of 235Before him are Morta (1210), Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius (1871), Modestas Paulauskas (1945), Mark Antokolsky (1843), Grigory Gershuni (1870), and Francišak Bahuševič (1840). After him are Maironis (1862), Antanas Baranauskas (1835), Mordecai Kaplan (1881), Sigitas Tamkevičius (1938), Šarūnas Jasikevičius (1976), and Žemaitė (1845).

Among CHEMISTS In Lithuania

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