Vivien Thomas

1910 - 1985

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Vivien Theodore Thomas (August 29, 1910 – November 26, 1985) was an American laboratory supervisor who developed a procedure used to treat blue baby syndrome (now known as cyanotic heart disease) in the 1940s. He was the assistant to surgeon Alfred Blalock in Blalock's experimental animal laboratory at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and later at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Thomas was unique in that he did not have any professional education or experience in a research laboratory; however, he served as supervisor of the surgical laboratories at Johns Hopkins for 35 years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vivien Thomas has received more than 1,018,670 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Vivien Thomas is the 399th most popular physician, the 4,241st most popular biography from United States and the 48th most popular American Physician.

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Among physicians, Vivien Thomas ranks 399 out of 509Before him are Kiyoshi Shiga, Kusumoto Ine, Paul Gorguloff, Harry Seeley, Ruth Pfau, and William Hunter. After him are Prospero Alpini, James Young Simpson, Johann Peter Frank, Luigi Carlo Farini, Kazimierz Bein, and William Turner.

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Among people born in 1910, Vivien Thomas ranks 166Before him are Olga Bergholz, Paul Sweezy, Marc Lawrence, Douglas Bader, Erkki Aaltonen, and Heinrich Sutermeister. After him are Donald Watson, Kim Il, Elmar Klos, Jeanne Hersch, José María Guido, and Paulette Dubost. Among people deceased in 1985, Vivien Thomas ranks 110Before him are Renato Castellani, Márton Bukovi, Mahmoud Mohammed Taha, Henry Hansen, Abe Lenstra, and Oreco. After him are Princess Eudoxia of Bulgaria, Penn Nouth, George Raynor, Sanjeev Kumar, Alexander Mikulin, and Bruno de Finetti.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Vivien Thomas ranks 4,241 out of 15,968Before him are Michael Kremer (1964), Zeppo Marx (1901), Yogi Berra (1925), Angélica María (1943), Brooke Adams (1949), and Richard Sears (1861). After him are Stella Stevens (1936), Albert Collins (1932), Peter Steele (1962), Corbin Bleu (1989), Stanley Cavell (1926), and Samuel T. Cohen (1921).

Among PHYSICIANS In United States

Among physicians born in United States, Vivien Thomas ranks 48Before him are Fernando J. Corbató (1926), Burrill Bernard Crohn (1884), Gregg L. Semenza (1956), Charles Best (1899), William Kaelin Jr. (1957), and Mehmet Oz (1960). After him are Thomas Horsfield (1773), Robert Atkins (1930), Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779), Helen B. Taussig (1898), Barnum Brown (1873), and Benjamin Rush (1745).