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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. He received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1994 and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997 for prion research 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 224,962 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Stanley B. Prusiner is the 100th most popular chemist (up from 136th in 2019), the 754th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,051st in 2019) and the 14th most popular American Chemist.

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 chemists, Stanley B. Prusiner ranks 100 out of 509Before him are Paul Hermann Müller, Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Manfred Eigen, Norman Haworth, Vladimir Prelog, and Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted. After him are Gerhard Ertl, Yves Chauvin, Willard Libby, James B. Sumner, John Newlands, and Henry Hallett Dale.

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Among people born in 1942, Stanley B. Prusiner ranks 54Before him are Françoise Dorléac, Věra Čáslavská, Giacomo Agostini, Carlos Reutemann, Tobin Bell, and Tony Buzan. After him are Manuel Castells, Maurizio Pollini, Jacob Zuma, Martin Seligman, Arto Paasilinna, and Bob Hoskins.

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Among people born in United States, Stanley B. Prusiner ranks 754 out of 18,182Before him are Alice Cooper (1948), Buckminster Fuller (1895), Mark Hamill (1951), Marvin Gaye (1939), Tobin Bell (1942), and H. L. Mencken (1880). After him are John Searle (1932), Woody Harrelson (1961), Steve Reich (1936), Matthew McConaughey (1969), Larry Ellison (1944), and Michael Rockefeller (1938).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Stanley B. Prusiner ranks 14Before him are John Howard Northrop (1891), Theodore William Richards (1868), Gilbert N. Lewis (1875), Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927), Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893), and Harold Urey (1893). After him are Willard Libby (1908), James B. Sumner (1887), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), Stanford Moore (1913), William Howard Stein (1911), and Glenn T. Seaborg (1912).