Walter Rudolf Hess

1881 - 1973

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Walter Rudolf Hess (17 March 1881 – 12 August 1973) was a Swiss physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1949 for mapping the areas of the brain involved in the control of internal organs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Rudolf Hess has received more than 155,154 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Walter Rudolf Hess is the 88th most popular physician (up from 92nd in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 61st in 2019) and the 6th most popular Swiss Physician.

Walter Rudolf Hess was a German scientist who is most famous for his discovery of the law of conservation of energy in the 1920s.

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Over the past year Walter Rudolf Hess has had the most page views in the with 17,870 views, followed by German (4,404), and Spanish (4,389). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Ido (89.69%), Swahili (60.85%), and Polish (49.27%)


Among physicians, Walter Rudolf Hess ranks 88 out of 726Before him are François Duvalier, Albert Szent-Györgyi, Corneille Heymans, Cornelius Jansen, Charles Nicolle, and Hotepsekhemwy. After him are George Minot, Cyril of Jerusalem, Amenmesse, Jang-geum, Joseph Lister, and Hans Selye.

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Among people born in 1881, Walter Rudolf Hess ranks 35Before him are Irving Langmuir, Hermann Staudinger, Maximilian von Weichs, George Enescu, Władysław Sikorski, and François Darlan. After him are Erwin von Witzleben, Ivan Ribar, Natalia Goncharova, Theodore von Kármán, Carlo Carrà, and Otto Wille Kuusinen. Among people deceased in 1973, Walter Rudolf Hess ranks 37Before him are Hans Albert Einstein, Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Selman Waksman, Jacques Maritain, Karl Ziegler, and Luis Carrero Blanco. After him are Gerard Kuiper, Jean-Pierre Melville, Amílcar Cabral, François Cevert, Taha Hussein, and A. S. Neill.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Walter Rudolf Hess ranks 63 out of 1,015Before him are Michel Mayor (1942), Aga Khan IV (1936), Paul Hermann Müller (1899), H. R. Giger (1940), Daniel Bovet (1907), and Emil Jannings (1884). After him are Hans Küng (1928), Siegfried Wagner (1869), Ferdinand Hodler (1853), Richard R. Ernst (1933), Alexandre Yersin (1863), and Clay Regazzoni (1939).

Among PHYSICIANS In Switzerland

Among physicians born in Switzerland, Walter Rudolf Hess ranks 6Before him are Paracelsus (1493), Franz Mesmer (1734), Eugen Bleuler (1857), Emil Theodor Kocher (1841), and Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926). After him are Alexandre Yersin (1863), Friedrich Miescher (1844), Albrecht von Haller (1708), Rolf M. Zinkernagel (1944), Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672), and Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867).