Tu Youyou

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Tu Youyou (Chinese: 屠呦呦; pinyin: Tú Yōuyōu; born 30 December 1930) is a Chinese pharmaceutical chemist and malariologist. She discovered artemisinin (also known as qīnghāosù 青蒿素) and dihydroartemisinin, used to treat malaria, a breakthrough in twentieth-century tropical medicine, saving millions of lives in South China, Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America. For her work, Tu received the 2011 Lasker Award in clinical medicine and the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tu Youyou has received more than 1,069,155 page views. Her biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Tu Youyou is the 33rd most popular chemist (up from 53rd in 2019), the 84th most popular biography from China (up from 103rd in 2019) and the most popular Chinese Chemist.

Tu youyou was most famous for discovering artemisinin, a drug that has been used to cure malaria.

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Among chemists, Tu Youyou ranks 33 out of 510. Before her are Eduard Buchner, Edwin McMillan, Walther Nernst, Adolf von Baeyer, Henri Moissan, and Otto Wallach. After her are Ilya Prigogine, August Kekulé, Frederick Soddy, Henrik Dam, Carl Bosch, and Frederick Sanger.

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Among people born in 1930, Tu Youyou ranks 25Before her are Baudouin of Belgium, Philippe Noiret, Richard Harris, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Anton LaVey, and Pete Conrad. After her are Ion Iliescu, Bernie Ecclestone, Claude Chabrol, Maximilian Schell, Harold Pinter, and Niki de Saint Phalle.

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In China

Among people born in China, Tu Youyou ranks 84 out of 1,186. Before her are Daoguang Emperor (1782), Wang Mang (-45), Emperor Yingzong of Ming (1427), Jianwen Emperor (1377), Zhang Heng (78), and Emperor Wen of Sui (541). After her are Zhou Yu (175), Shang Yang (-390), Qu Yuan (-343), Yang Guifei (719), Fuxi (-2900), and 13th Dalai Lama (1876).

Among CHEMISTS In China

Among chemists born in China, Tu Youyou ranks 1After her are Ei-ichi Negishi (1935) and Edmond H. Fischer (1920).