Tasuku Honjo

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Tasuku Honjo (本庶 佑, Honjo Tasuku, born January 27, 1942) is a Japanese physician-scientist and immunologist. He shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and is best known for his identification of programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1). He is also known for his molecular identification of cytokines: IL-4 and IL-5, as well as the discovery of activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) that is essential for class switch recombination and somatic hypermutation.He was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (2001), as a member of German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina (2003), and also as a member of the Japan Academy (2005). In 2018, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with James P. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tasuku Honjo has received more than 26,146,033 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Tasuku Honjo is the 333rd most popular physician (down from 152nd in 2019), the 725th most popular biography from Japan (down from 181st in 2019) and the 4th most popular Japanese Physician.

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Among physicians, Tasuku Honjo ranks 333 out of 509Before him are Garcia de Orta, Vladimir Demikhov, Sir William Bowman, 1st Baronet, Sun Simiao, Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, and William Stewart Halsted. After him are Karl Friedrich Burdach, Johann Lukas Schönlein, Nicolae Paulescu, Ewald Hering, Aëtius of Amida, and Kálmán Kalocsay.

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Among people born in 1942, Tasuku Honjo ranks 197Before him are Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, Sandra Dee, Nicole Fontaine, Billy Connolly, Vladimir Dzhanibekov, and Jerry Sloan. After him are Pierre Clémenti, Gabriele Veneziano, Montserrat Figueras, Erica Jong, Alan Price, and Hans-Rudolf Merz.

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Among people born in Japan, Tasuku Honjo ranks 725 out of 5,560Before him are Donald Tsang (1944), Megumi Ogawa (1950), Chiang Wei-kuo (1916), Yoshitaka Amano (1952), Shintaro Katsu (1931), and Goro Yamada (1894). After him are Minoru Kobata (1946), Mari Miyamoto (1950), Hiroshi Teshigahara (1927), Itagaki Taisuke (1837), Takasugi Shinsaku (1839), and Mikimoto Kōkichi (1858).


Among physicians born in Japan, Tasuku Honjo ranks 4Before him are Shirō Ishii (1892), Kitasato Shibasaburō (1853), and Hakaru Hashimoto (1881). After him are Shinya Yamanaka (1962), Hiraga Gennai (1728), Kiyoshi Shiga (1871), Kusumoto Ine (1827), Shinobu Ishihara (1879), and Akira Endo (1933).

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