Selman Waksman

1888 - 1973

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Selman Abraham Waksman (July 22, 1888 – August 16, 1973) was a Jewish Russian Empire-born American inventor, biochemist and microbiologist whose research into the decomposition of organisms that live in soil enabled the discovery of streptomycin and several other antibiotics. A professor of biochemistry and microbiology at Rutgers University for four decades, he discovered a number of antibiotics (and introduced the modern sense of that word to name them), and he introduced procedures that have led to the development of many others. The proceeds earned from the licensing of his patents funded a foundation for microbiological research, which established the Waksman Institute of Microbiology located on the Rutgers University Busch Campus in Piscataway, New Jersey (USA). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Selman Waksman has received more than 281,180 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Selman Waksman is the 72nd most popular physician (up from 76th in 2019), the 60th most popular biography from Ukraine (up from 64th in 2019) and the most popular Physician.

Selman Waksman was a microbiologist that discovered streptomycin, which is a drug that can be used to treat tuberculosis.

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Among physicians, Selman Waksman ranks 72 out of 502Before him are Herbert Spencer Gasser, James Parkinson, Otto Fritz Meyerhof, Peter Canisius, Hans Selye, and William P. Murphy. After him are Ronald Ross, Robert Edwards, Cyril of Jerusalem, Theodor Morell, Jean Nicot, and Albert Szent-Györgyi.

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Among people born in 1888, Selman Waksman ranks 29Before him are Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Alexander Friedmann, Herbert Spencer Gasser, T. S. Eliot, Eugene O'Neill, and Gerrit Rietveld. After him are Frits Zernike, Inge Lehmann, Andrei Tupolev, Maurice Chevalier, Anton Makarenko, and Josef Albers. Among people deceased in 1973, Selman Waksman ranks 31Before him are Ferdinand Schörner, Semyon Budyonny, Víctor Jara, J. Hans D. Jensen, Ragnar Frisch, and Jacques Maritain. After him are Hans Albert Einstein, Karl Ziegler, Charles Greeley Abbot, Luis Carrero Blanco, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Walter Rudolf Hess.

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In Ukraine

Among people born in Ukraine, Selman Waksman ranks 60 out of 1,083Before him are Nikolai Berdyaev (1874), David Oistrakh (1908), Levi Eshkol (1895), Lesya Ukrainka (1871), Andrey Vyshinsky (1883), and Nikolai Podgorny (1903). After him are Daniel of Galicia (1201), John Demjanjuk (1920), Andrzej Żuławski (1940), Isaac Babel (1894), Moshe Sharett (1894), and Irène Némirovsky (1903).

Among PHYSICIANS In Ukraine

Among physicians born in Ukraine, Selman Waksman ranks 1After him are Vladimir Dal (1801), Wilhelm Stekel (1868), Nikolay Gamaleya (1859), Aleksandr Bogomolets (1881), Hélène Sparrow (1891), and Ben Klassen (1918).