Selman Waksman

1888 - 1973

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Selman Abraham Waksman (July 22, 1888 – August 16, 1973) was a Russian Empire-born Jewish-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 250,316 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Selman Waksman is the 76th most popular physician (up from 82nd in 2019), the 64th most popular biography from Ukraine (up from 70th in 2019) and the most popular Ukrainian 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 76 out of 509Before him are Frederick Banting, Albert Szent-Györgyi, Otto Fritz Meyerhof, Aribert Heim, Hans Selye, and Herophilos. After him are Jean Nicot, Cornelius Jansen, Hans Asperger, Jonas Salk, Elias Lönnrot, and Jang-geum.

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Among people born in 1888, Selman Waksman ranks 30Before him are Alexander Friedmann, Anton Makarenko, Friedrich Olbricht, Eugene O'Neill, Frits Zernike, and Andrei Tupolev. After him are Inge Lehmann, Maurice Chevalier, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Josef Albers, and Georges Bernanos. Among people deceased in 1973, Selman Waksman ranks 33Before him are Víctor Jara, J. Hans D. Jensen, Jacques Maritain, Karl Ziegler, Charles Greeley Abbot, and Hans Albert Einstein. After him are A. S. Neill, Walter Rudolf Hess, Ragnar Frisch, Luis Carrero Blanco, Lex Barker, and Jean-Pierre Melville.

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In Ukraine

Among people born in Ukraine, Selman Waksman ranks 64 out of 913Before him are John Demjanjuk (1920), Oleg Antonov (1906), Fanny Kaplan (1890), Rodion Malinovsky (1898), Yulia Tymoshenko (1960), and Boris Shcherbina (1919). After him are Nikolai Podgorny (1903), Baal Shem Tov (1700), Andrzej Żuławski (1940), Ze'ev Jabotinsky (1880), Karl Radek (1885), and David Oistrakh (1908).

Among PHYSICIANS In Ukraine

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