Sydney Brenner

1927 - 2019

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Sydney Brenner (13 January 1927 – 5 April 2019) was a South African biologist. In 2002, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with H. Robert Horvitz and Sir John E. Sulston. Brenner made significant contributions to work on the genetic code, and other areas of molecular biology while working in the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sydney Brenner has received more than 397,082 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia. Sydney Brenner is the 120th most popular biologist (down from 100th in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from South Africa (down from 18th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular South African Biologist.

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Among biologists, Sydney Brenner ranks 120 out of 844. Before him are Theodosius Dobzhansky, Aimé Bonpland, Wilhelm Johannsen, Edward Tatum, Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, and Armand David. After him are William Carey, Har Gobind Khorana, Aaron Ciechanover, Johan Christian Fabricius, Elizabeth Blackburn, and Georg Forster.

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Among people born in 1927, Sydney Brenner ranks 65Before him are Steve Ditko, Vittorio Gregotti, Enzo Bearzot, Rosalynn Carter, Margot Honecker, and Phil Hill. After him are Maurice Ronet, Narciso Yepes, Juan Almeida Bosque, F. Sherwood Rowland, Herbert Blomstedt, and Lucio Fulci. Among people deceased in 2019, Sydney Brenner ranks 62Before him are Rosamunde Pilcher, Michael Atiyah, Fernando de la Rúa, Alicia Alonso, Roger Etchegaray, and Zhores Alferov. After him are Demetris Christofias, Ginger Baker, Raymond Poulidor, Michel Serres, Godfried Danneels, and Yury Luzhkov.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Sydney Brenner ranks 22 out of 312. Before him are Jacob Zuma (1942), P. W. Botha (1916), Max Theiler (1899), Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936), and Jan Smuts (1870). After him are Steve Biko (1946), Jody Scheckter (1950), Allan MacLeod Cormack (1924), Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), Seymour Papert (1928), and D. F. Malan (1874).

Among BIOLOGISTS In South Africa

Among biologists born in South Africa, Sydney Brenner ranks 2Before him are Max Theiler (1899). After him are Christiaan Hendrik Persoon (1761), Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer (1907), and Austin Stevens (1950).