Santiago Ramón y Cajal

1852 - 1934

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Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Spanish: [sanˈtjaɣo raˈmon i kaˈxal]; 1 May 1852 – 17 October 1934) was a Spanish neuroscientist, pathologist, and histologist specializing in neuroanatomy and the central nervous system. He and Camillo Golgi received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1906. Ramón y Cajal was the first person of Spanish origin to win a scientific Nobel Prize. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Santiago Ramón y Cajal has received more than 557,733 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Santiago Ramón y Cajal is the 50th most popular physician (down from 48th in 2019), the 111th most popular biography from Spain (down from 100th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Spanish Physician.

Santiago Ramón y Cajal is most famous for his work on neurons. He was the first person to show that the neuron is the basic unit of the nervous system.

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Among physicians, Santiago Ramón y Cajal ranks 50 out of 509. Before him are Eugen Bleuler, Marcello Malpighi, António Egas Moniz, Christiaan Barnard, François Duvalier, and Stanley Cohen. After him are René Laennec, Alexandre Yersin, Emil von Behring, James Parkinson, Allvar Gullstrand, and Gerhard Armauer Hansen.

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Among people born in 1852, Santiago Ramón y Cajal ranks 11Before him are Emil Fischer, William Ramsay, Gojong of Korea, Albert A. Michelson, Henri Moissan, and Francisco Tárrega. After him are Joseph Joffre, Charles Taze Russell, Alice Liddell, William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Ferdinand von Lindemann, and Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf. Among people deceased in 1934, Santiago Ramón y Cajal ranks 14Before him are Alexander I of Yugoslavia, Kurt von Schleicher, Sergey Kirov, Raymond Poincaré, Nestor Makhno, and Engelbert Dollfuss. After him are Gregor Strasser, John Dillinger, Tōgō Heihachirō, Gustav Holst, Alice Liddell, and Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont.

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Among people born in Spain, Santiago Ramón y Cajal ranks 111 out of 2,595. Before him are Francisco Gento (1933), Francisco Tárrega (1852), José Carreras (1946), Antipope Benedict XIII (1328), Miguel de Unamuno (1864), and Dolores Ibárruri (1895). After him are Miguel Primo de Rivera (1870), Isabella Clara Eugenia (1566), Pelagius of Asturias (685), Mariana Victoria of Spain (1718), Ferdinand III of Castile (1199), and Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona (1913).


Among physicians born in Spain, Santiago Ramón y Cajal ranks 3Before him are Michael Servetus (1509) and Al-Zahrawi (936). After him are Ibn Zuhr (1091), Joseph Calasanz (1556), Hasdai ibn Shaprut (910), Leander of Seville (534), Severo Ochoa (1905), Margarita Salas (1938), and Fernando Quiroga Palacios (1900).