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 497,963 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Rudolf Vrba is the 237th most popular biologist (down from 209th in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from Slovakia (down from 48th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Slovak Biologist.

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Among biologists, Rudolf Vrba ranks 237 out of 844Before him are Otto Wilhelm Hermann von Abich, Macfarlane Burnet, Johann Heinrich Friedrich Link, Hermann Burmeister, Carl Sigismund Kunth, and Jeffrey C. Hall. After him are Adam Afzelius, Carl Nägeli, Johann Baptist von Spix, Friedrich Anton Wilhelm Miquel, Wilbur Scoville, and Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von Crantz.

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Among people born in 1924, Rudolf Vrba ranks 115Before him are Rik Van Steenbergen, Machiko Kyō, Torsten Wiesel, Katy Jurado, Danielle Mitterrand, and Luigi Musso. After him are Roland Petit, Pat Hingle, Jacques Vergès, Rikidōzan, Jozef Tomko, and Margit Sandemo. Among people deceased in 2006, Rudolf Vrba ranks 92Before him are Walerian Borowczyk, Betty Friedan, Ali Farka Touré, Elias Hrawi, María Capovilla, and Anna Moffo. After him are Ferenc Bene, Coretta Scott King, John Profumo, Prince George William of Hanover, Silva Kaputikyan, and Peter Norman.

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In Slovakia

Among people born in Slovakia, Rudolf Vrba ranks 50 out of 298Before him are András Hadik (1710), Archduke Joseph Karl of Austria (1833), Maximilian Hell (1720), Vazul (1000), Ferdinand Daučík (1910), and Ján Popluhár (1935). After him are Jozef Tomko (1924), Jan Kupecký (1667), Barbara Zápolya (1495), Jozef Adamec (1942), Johann Andreas Segner (1704), and Andrej Kiska (1963).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Slovakia

Among biologists born in Slovakia, Rudolf Vrba ranks 2Before him are Stephan Endlicher (1804). After him are Joseph Franz von Jacquin (1766) and Günther Beck von Mannagetta und Lerchenau (1856).