Ronald Ross

1857 - 1932

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Sir Ronald Ross (13 May 1857 – 16 September 1932) was a British medical doctor who received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1902 for his work on the transmission of malaria, becoming the first British Nobel laureate, and the first born outside Europe. His discovery of the malarial parasite in the gastrointestinal tract of a mosquito in 1897 proved that malaria was transmitted by mosquitoes, and laid the foundation for the method of combating the disease. Ross was a polymath, writing a number of poems, publishing several novels, and composing songs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ronald Ross has received more than 906,970 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia. Ronald Ross is the 108th most popular physician (down from 73rd in 2019), the 94th most popular biography from India (down from 62nd in 2019) and the most popular Indian Physician.

Ronald Ross is most famous for his discovery of the malaria parasite in 1897.

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Among physicians, Ronald Ross ranks 108 out of 726Before him are Werner Forssmann, William T. G. Morton, Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Jens Christian Skou, Frederick Chapman Robbins, and James Parkinson. After him are Eric Kandel, Ulf von Euler, Jonas Salk, Andrew Schally, Arvid Carlsson, and Friedrich Miescher.

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Among people born in 1857, Ronald Ross ranks 26Before him are Axel Munthe, Andrija Mohorovičić, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, Thorstein Veblen, Julius Wagner-Jauregg, and Lucien Lévy-Bruhl. After him are Georg Michaelis, Joseph Babinski, Karl Pearson, George Hendrik Breitner, Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal, and Otto von Below. Among people deceased in 1932, Ronald Ross ranks 13Before him are Paul Doumer, Gustav Meyrink, Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Errico Malatesta, and George Eastman. After him are Max Wolf, Frederick Augustus III of Saxony, Joseph Babinski, Edgar Wallace, Margaret Brown, and Sophia of Prussia.

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Among people born in India, Ronald Ross ranks 94 out of 1,861Before him are Pete Best (1941), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Varāhamihira (505), Patanjali (-200), Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835), and Ramanuja (1017). After him are Cliff Richard (1940), Ram Nath Kovind (1945), Prithviraj Chauhan (1159), Mohammed Nadir Shah (1883), Ravi Shankar (1920), and Mahavatar Babaji (1900).


Among physicians born in India, Ronald Ross ranks 1After him are Sushruta (-620), Kadambini Ganguly (1861), Bidhan Chandra Roy (1882), Dean Mahomed (1759), Narendra Dabholkar (1945), Indira Nath (1938), Devi Shetty (1953), Kamal Ranadive (1917), Soumya Swaminathan (1959), Siddhartha Mukherjee (1970), and Suniti Solomon (1938).