Stanley B. Prusiner

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Stanley Ben Prusiner (born May 28, 1942) is an American neurologist and biochemist. He is the director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Prusiner discovered prions, a class of infectious self-reproducing pathogens primarily or solely composed of protein, a scientific theory considered by many as a heretical idea when first proposed. He received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1994 and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997 for research on prion diseases developed by him and his team of experts (D. E. Garfin, D. P. Stites, W. J. Hadlow, C. M. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stanley B. Prusiner has received more than 246,945 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Stanley B. Prusiner is the 86th most popular biologist (down from 60th in 2019), the 841st most popular biography from United States (down from 754th in 2019) and the 10th most popular American Biologist.

Stanley B. Prusiner is most famous for his discovery of prions. Prions are a type of protein that can be found in the brain, spinal cord, and other parts of the nervous system. They are not alive, but they can cause disease.

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Among biologists, Stanley B. Prusiner ranks 86 out of 1,097Before him are Ibn al-Baitar, Elizabeth Blackburn, Archibald Hill, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, and Werner Arber. After him are Ralph M. Steinman, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Erasmus Darwin, Aaron Ciechanover, Otto Wilhelm Hermann von Abich, and Philip Sclater.

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Among people born in 1942, Stanley B. Prusiner ranks 60Before him are Manuel Castells, Arto Paasilinna, Françoise Dorléac, Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, Michael Bloomberg, and Caetano Veloso. After him are Vladimír Mečiar, Martin Seligman, Jacob Zuma, John Clauser, Sandro Mazzola, and Felipe González.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Stanley B. Prusiner ranks 841 out of 20,380Before him are Don Johnson (1949), Linda Hunt (1945), Victor Fleming (1889), Mark David Chapman (1955), Mark Margolis (1939), and Ray Manzarek (1939). After him are Wes Craven (1939), Jerome Isaac Friedman (1930), Benny Goodman (1909), Martin Seligman (1942), Robert Venturi (1925), and Lex Barker (1919).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Stanley B. Prusiner ranks 10Before him are Barbara McClintock (1902), Dian Fossey (1932), Sylvia Earle (1935), George Beadle (1903), Irwin Rose (1926), and Linda B. Buck (1947). After him are Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), John B. Calhoun (1917), Lynn Margulis (1938), John Franklin Enders (1897), Nettie Stevens (1861), and Thomas Huckle Weller (1915).