Rudolf Vrba

1924 - 2006

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Rudolf "Rudi" Vrba (born Walter Rosenberg; 11 September 1924 – 27 March 2006) was a Slovak-Jewish biochemist who, as a teenager in 1942, was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. He became known for having escaped from the camp in April 1944, at the height of the Holocaust, and for having co-written a detailed report about the mass murder that was taking place there. Distribution of the report by George Mantello in Switzerland is credited with having halted the mass deportation of Hungary's Jews to Auschwitz in July 1944, saving more than 200,000 lives. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rudolf Vrba has received more than 669,700 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Rudolf Vrba is the 172nd most popular biologist (up from 237th in 2019), the 42nd most popular biography from Slovakia (up from 50th in 2019) and the most popular Biologist.

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Among biologists, Rudolf Vrba ranks 172 out of 841Before him are Wilbur Scoville, Stephen Jay Gould, Edward Tatum, Leland H. Hartwell, Antoine Béchamp, and J. B. S. Haldane. After him are George Wald, Joseph Banks, Ana Aslan, George Smith, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, and Carl Linnaeus the Younger.

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Among people born in 1924, Rudolf Vrba ranks 80Before him are Tomiichi Murayama, James Baldwin, Stanley Donen, Kenneth Waltz, John Backus, and Sverre Fehn. After him are Jozef Tomko, Arthur Danto, Paul Desmond, Kenneth Kaunda, James Black, and Israel Tal. Among people deceased in 2006, Rudolf Vrba ranks 70Before him are William Styron, Floyd Patterson, Murray Bookchin, Reinhart Koselleck, Gillo Pontecorvo, and Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. After him are Allen Carr, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, María Capovilla, Aaron Spelling, Ferenc Bene, and Ryutaro Hashimoto.

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In Slovakia

Among people born in Slovakia, Rudolf Vrba ranks 42 out of 357Before him are Michal Kováč (1930), Ján Kollár (1793), Lajos Batthyány (1807), Gyula Andrássy the Younger (1860), Lucia Popp (1939), and Ernő Gerő (1898). After him are Archduke Joseph Karl of Austria (1833), Jozef Tomko (1924), Milan Hodža (1878), Matthew III Csák (1260), Joseph Petzval (1807), and Vazul (1000).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Slovakia

Among biologists born in Slovakia, Rudolf Vrba ranks 1After him are Stephan Endlicher (1804), Joseph Franz von Jacquin (1766), and Günther Beck von Mannagetta und Lerchenau (1856).