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 481,198 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Sydney Brenner is the 108th most popular biologist (up from 120th in 2019), the 23rd most popular biography from South Africa (down from 22nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Biologist.

Sydney Brenner is most famous for his work in molecular biology. He was the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2002, along with Francis Crick and James Watson, for their work in discovering the structure of DNA.

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Among biologists, Sydney Brenner ranks 108 out of 841Before him are Julius Richard Petri, Aaron Ciechanover, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Christiaan Hendrik Persoon, George Davis Snell, and Antoine-Augustin Parmentier. After him are John Ray, Giovanni Sartori, Archibald Hill, Oliver Smithies, William Bateson, and Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin.

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Among people born in 1927, Sydney Brenner ranks 55Before him are George Andrew Olah, Lois Maxwell, Daniel Keyes, Phil Hill, Robert Noyce, and Eduardo Martínez Somalo. After him are John Vane, Harry Mulisch, Jacques Mayol, Maurice Ronet, Raúl Alfonsín, and Leszek Kołakowski. Among people deceased in 2019, Sydney Brenner ranks 52Before him are Henri, Count of Paris, Demetris Christofias, David J. Thouless, Lennart Johansson, Yasuhiro Nakasone, and Lee Iacocca. After him are César Pelli, Ágnes Heller, Matti Nykänen, Alicia Alonso, Rosamunde Pilcher, and Sigmund Jähn.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Sydney Brenner ranks 23 out of 374Before him are Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), Allan MacLeod Cormack (1924), P. W. Botha (1916), Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), Jody Scheckter (1950), and Christiaan Hendrik Persoon (1761). After him are Michael Levitt (1947), Steve Biko (1946), Jan Smuts (1870), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936), Seymour Papert (1928), and D. F. Malan (1874).

Among BIOLOGISTS In South Africa

Among biologists born in South Africa, Sydney Brenner ranks 3Before him are Max Theiler (1899) and Christiaan Hendrik Persoon (1761). After him are Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer (1907), Louisa Bolus (1877), and Austin Stevens (1950).