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Robert Koch

1843 - 1910

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Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch (English: KOKH, German: [ˈʁoːbɛʁt ˈkɔx] (listen); 11 December 1843 – 27 May 1910) was a German physician and microbiologist. As the discoverer of the specific causative agents of deadly infectious diseases including tuberculosis, cholera (though the bacterium itself was discovered by Filippo Pacini in 1854), and anthrax, he is regarded as one of the main founders of modern bacteriology. As such he is popularly nicknamed the father of microbiology (with Louis Pasteur), and as the father of medical bacteriology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Koch has received more than 2,905,315 page views. His biography is available in 110 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 109 in 2019). Robert Koch is the 5th most popular physician (up from 8th in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Germany (up from 45th in 2019) and the most popular German Physician.

Robert Koch is most famous for discovering the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.

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Among physicians, Robert Koch ranks 5 out of 502Before him are Hippocrates, Florence Nightingale, Galen, and Paracelsus. After him are Josef Mengele, Edward Jenner, Basil of Caesarea, Andreas Vesalius, Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi, L. L. Zamenhof, and Albert Schweitzer.

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Among people born in 1843, Robert Koch ranks 1After him are Edvard Grieg, Charles Albert Gobat, Bertha von Suttner, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, Camillo Golgi, Frederick VIII of Denmark, Louis Renault, Henry James, William McKinley, Gabriel Tarde, and Elisabeth of Wied. Among people deceased in 1910, Robert Koch ranks 4Before him are Leo Tolstoy, Florence Nightingale, and Mark Twain. After him are Henry Dunant, William James, Edward VII, Henri Rousseau, Nadar, O. Henry, Mily Balakirev, and Marius Petipa.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Robert Koch ranks 39 out of 6,142Before him are Karl Dönitz (1891), Robert Schumann (1810), Friedrich Schiller (1759), Erwin Rommel (1891), Hermann Göring (1893), and Pope Benedict XVI (1927). After him are Josef Mengele (1911), Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (912), Alexander von Humboldt (1769), Adolf Eichmann (1906), Felix Mendelssohn (1809), and Bernhard Riemann (1826).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Robert Koch ranks 1After him are Josef Mengele (1911), Alois Alzheimer (1864), Georgius Agricola (1494), Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Emil Kraepelin (1856), Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Franz Mesmer (1734), Gerhard Domagk (1895), Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), Theodor Morell (1886), and Werner Forssmann (1904).