Renato Dulbecco

1914 - 2012

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Renato Dulbecco ( dul-BEK-oh, Italian: [reˈnaːto dulˈbɛkko, -ˈbek-]; February 22, 1914 – February 19, 2012) was an Italian–American virologist who won the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on oncoviruses, which are viruses that can cause cancer when they infect animal cells. He studied at the University of Turin under Giuseppe Levi, along with fellow students Salvador Luria and Rita Levi-Montalcini, who also moved to the U.S. with him and won Nobel prizes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Renato Dulbecco has received more than 146,102 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Renato Dulbecco is the 156th most popular biologist, the 1,433rd most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,309th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Italian Biologist.

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Among biologists, Renato Dulbecco ranks 156 out of 844Before him are George Davis Snell, Hugo Gunckel Lüer, Jakob von Uexküll, Salvador Luria, Hans Driesch, and Elias Magnus Fries. After him are Erik Pontoppidan, Philibert Commerson, Charles Bell, Albert von Kölliker, George Robert Gray, and Erwin Neher.

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Among people born in 1914, Renato Dulbecco ranks 58Before him are Adolfo Bioy Casares, Birabongse Bhanudej, Max Manus, Jackie Coogan, Asger Jorn, and Carlo Maria Giulini. After him are Creighton Abrams, Agostino Casaroli, Koichi Oita, Lazar Koliševski, Francisco da Costa Gomes, and Shapour Bakhtiar. Among people deceased in 2012, Renato Dulbecco ranks 69Before him are E. Donnall Thomas, Chadli Bendjedid, Gustav Leonhardt, Gore Vidal, Chris Marker, and William Standish Knowles. After him are Herbert Lom, Hans Werner Henze, Teófilo Stevenson, Chaleo Yoovidhya, Griselda Blanco, and Carl Johan Bernadotte.

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Among people born in Italy, Renato Dulbecco ranks 1,433 out of 4,088Before him are Rose of Viterbo (1233), Giovanni Leone (1908), Milo Manara (1945), Lea Massari (1933), Enrico Berlinguer (1922), and Blanche of Anjou (1280). After him are Odoardo Farnese, Duke of Parma (1612), Ugo Cavallero (1880), Francesco Cilea (1866), Tito Gobbi (1913), Frederick IV, Duke of Austria (1382), and Antonio Sant'Elia (1888).


Among biologists born in Italy, Renato Dulbecco ranks 7Before him are Lazzaro Spallanzani (1729), Gabriele Falloppio (1523), Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522), Giovanni Sartori (1924), Mario Capecchi (1937), and Salvador Luria (1912). After him are Mikhail Tsvet (1872), Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza (1922), Odoardo Beccari (1843), Carlo Allioni (1728), Giuseppe Acerbi (1773), and Pier Andrea Saccardo (1845).