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Thomas Cech

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Thomas Robert Cech (born December 8, 1947) is an American chemist who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Sidney Altman, for their discovery of the catalytic properties of RNA. Cech discovered that RNA could itself cut strands of RNA, suggesting that life might have started as RNA and he find out RNA can not only transmit instructions, but also that it can speed up the necessary reactions. He also studied telomeres, and his lab discovered an enzyme, TERT (telomerase reverse transcriptase), which is part of the process of restoring telomeres after they are shortened during cell division. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Cech has received more than 222,768 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Thomas Cech is the 345th most popular chemist (up from 367th in 2019), the 3,035th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,427th in 2019) and the 68th most popular American Chemist.

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Among chemists, Thomas Cech ranks 345 out of 509Before him are Paul Walden, Charles Hatchett, William E. Moerner, George Sarton, Karl Ernst Claus, and Charles Friedel. After him are Henry Taube, Jacques Bergier, Anders Gustaf Ekeberg, Louis-Bernard Guyton de Morveau, Lars Fredrik Nilson, and Roy J. Plunkett.

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Among people born in 1947, Thomas Cech ranks 199Before him are Noritaka Hidaka, Maria Farantouri, Bryan Brown, Alain Connes, Adolfo Rodríguez Saá, and Michel Sardou. After him are Deborah Lipstadt, Patrice Leconte, Aleksander Krupa, Nancy Fraser, Emmylou Harris, and Riyoko Ikeda.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Thomas Cech ranks 3,035 out of 18,182Before him are Raymond Moody (1944), Elihu Root (1845), Eugene Stoner (1922), Rhea Perlman (1948), Roger Myerson (1951), and Orson Scott Card (1951). After him are David Petraeus (1952), Kate Chopin (1850), Patrick Wilson (1973), Dean Rusk (1909), Gregory Goodwin Pincus (1903), and Bonnie Hunt (1961).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Thomas Cech ranks 68Before him are Edwin G. Krebs (1918), Alice Ball (1892), Richard R. Schrock (1945), Frances Arnold (1956), Thomas Midgley Jr. (1889), and William E. Moerner (1953). After him are Roy J. Plunkett (1910), Albert Ghiorso (1915), Roger Y. Tsien (1952), George Washington Carver (1864), Jennifer Doudna (1964), and Frank Wigglesworth Clarke (1847).