Susumu Tonegawa

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Susumu Tonegawa (利根川 進, Tonegawa Susumu, born September 5, 1939) is a Japanese scientist who was the sole recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987, for his discovery of the genetic mechanism that produces antibody diversity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Susumu Tonegawa has received more than 172,729 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia. Susumu Tonegawa is the 140th most popular biologist (down from 109th in 2019), the 263rd most popular biography from Japan (down from 171st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Japanese Biologist.

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Among biologists, Susumu Tonegawa ranks 140 out of 844. Before him are Stephen Jay Gould, Michel Adanson, J. B. S. Haldane, Sylvia Earle, Philip Sclater, and Oliver Smithies. After him are George Shaw, Roger Guillemin, Norman Borlaug, Georg Wilhelm Steller, Hamilton O. Smith, and George Wald.

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Among people born in 1939, Susumu Tonegawa ranks 72Before him are Emil Constantinescu, Amancio Amaro, Scott McKenzie, Fikret Abdić, Sidney Altman, and Pak Pong-ju. After him are Helmut Haller, Bernard Kouchner, Dale T. Mortensen, Lily Tomlin, Fred Willard, and Manuel Vázquez Montalbán.

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Among people born in Japan, Susumu Tonegawa ranks 263 out of 5,560. Before him are Tokugawa Yoshimune (1684), Kazuyoshi Miura (1967), Takehiko Kawanishi (1938), Tamon Yamaguchi (1892), Rumiko Takahashi (1957), and Katō Kiyomasa (1561). After him are Nobuyuki Abe (1875), Franklin J. Schaffner (1920), Empress Genshō (680), Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358), Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni (1887), and Yoshio Fujiwara (null).


Among biologists born in Japan, Susumu Tonegawa ranks 2Before him are Yoshinori Ohsumi (1945). After him are Hideyo Noguchi (1876), Takenoshin Nakai (1882), Motoo Kimura (1924), Katsuko Saruhashi (1920), and Tomitaro Makino (1862).