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 1,425,539 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Rudolf Virchow is the 23rd most popular physician (up from 27th in 2019), the 40th most popular biography from Poland (up from 45th in 2019) 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 509Before him are Nestorius, Alois Alzheimer, Pedanius Dioscorides, Li Ching-Yuen, Jean-Martin Charcot, and Michael Servetus. After him are Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, Franz Mesmer, Georgius Agricola, Polycarp, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and Claude Bernard.

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Among people born in 1821, Rudolf Virchow ranks 5Before him are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Charles Baudelaire, Gustave Flaubert, and Hermann von Helmholtz. After him are Pafnuty Chebyshev, August Schleicher, Richard Francis Burton, Lola Montez, Auguste Mariette, Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria, and Elizabeth Blackwell. Among people deceased in 1902, Rudolf Virchow ranks 4Before him are Émile Zola, Cecil Rhodes, and Levi Strauss. After him are Swami Vivekananda, Maria Goretti, Samuel Butler, Marie Henriette of Austria, James Tissot, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Francis, Duke of Cádiz, and Ion Ivanovici.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Rudolf Virchow ranks 40 out of 1,231Before him are Władysław Szpilman (1911), Max Born (1882), Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916), Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846), Jakob Böhme (1575), and Adam Mickiewicz (1798). After him are Eric of Pomerania (1381), Rudolf Clausius (1822), Arthur Rubinstein (1887), Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), 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), Gerhard Domagk (1895), Albert Sabin (1906), Carl Wernicke (1848), Magnus Hirschfeld (1868), Alexander Bogdanov (1873), Ludwig Guttmann (1899), Gavriil Ilizarov (1921), and Jan Jesenius (1566).