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Rudolf Virchow

1821 - 1902

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Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow (; German: [ˈfɪʁço] or [ˈvɪʁço]; 13 October 1821 – 5 September 1902) was a German physician, anthropologist, pathologist, prehistorian, biologist, writer, editor, and politician. He is known as "the father of modern pathology" and as the founder of social medicine, and to his colleagues, the "Pope of medicine".Virchow studied medicine at the Friedrich Wilhelm University under Johannes Peter Müller. While working at the Charité hospital, his investigation of the 1847–1848 typhus epidemic in Upper Silesia laid the foundation for public health in Germany, and paved his political and social careers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rudolf Virchow has received more than 1,605,109 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Rudolf Virchow is the 23rd most popular physician, the 40th most popular biography from Poland and the 2nd most popular Polish Physician.

Rudolf Virchow is most famous for his cell theory which states that cells are the basic unit of life. He also believed that disease is caused by changes in cells.

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Among physicians, Rudolf Virchow ranks 23 out of 502Before him are Ignaz Semmelweis, Alois Alzheimer, Michael Servetus, Nestorius, Pedanius Dioscorides, and Jacques Rogge. After him are Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, Polycarp, Camillo Golgi, Paul Ehrlich, Willem Einthoven, and Alexis Carrel.

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Among people born in 1821, Rudolf Virchow ranks 5Before him are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Gustave Flaubert, Charles Baudelaire, and Hermann von Helmholtz. After him are Richard Francis Burton, Pafnuty Chebyshev, August Schleicher, Elizabeth Blackwell, Pauline Viardot, Lola Montez, and Louis Vuitton. Among people deceased in 1902, Rudolf Virchow ranks 4Before him are Émile Zola, Cecil Rhodes, and Swami Vivekananda. After him are Levi Strauss, Maria Goretti, Marie Henriette of Austria, Samuel Butler, James Tissot, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Francis, Duke of Cádiz, and Victor D'Hondt.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Rudolf Virchow ranks 40 out of 1,454Before him are Marie Leszczyńska (1703), Bronisław Malinowski (1884), Leonid Kravchuk (1934), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Günther von Kluge (1882), and Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916). After him are Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928), Rudolf Clausius (1822), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Lech Kaczyński (1949), Tamara de Lempicka (1898), and Ernst Cassirer (1874).

Among PHYSICIANS In Poland

Among physicians born in Poland, Rudolf Virchow ranks 2Before him are L. L. Zamenhof (1859). After him are Paul Ehrlich (1854), Emil von Behring (1854), Albert Sabin (1906), Carl Wernicke (1848), Magnus Hirschfeld (1868), Alexander Bogdanov (1873), Jan Jesenius (1566), Bronisława Dłuska (1865), Gavriil Ilizarov (1921), and Hilary Koprowski (1916).