Werner Forssmann

1904 - 1979

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Werner Theodor Otto Forßmann (Forssmann in English; German pronunciation: [ˈvɛʁnɐ ˈfɔʁsˌman] ; 29 August 1904 – 1 June 1979) was a German researcher and physician from Germany who shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in Medicine (with Andre Frederic Cournand and Dickinson W. Richards) for developing a procedure that allowed cardiac catheterization. In 1929, he put himself under local anesthesia and inserted a catheter into a vein of his arm. Not knowing if the catheter might pierce a vein, he put his life at risk. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Werner Forssmann has received more than 672,083 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Werner Forssmann is the 102nd most popular physician (down from 88th in 2019), the 652nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 571st in 2019) and the 12th most popular German Physician.

Werner Forßmann was a German mathematician and physicist who is most famous for his work in the field of electromagnetism.

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Among physicians, Werner Forssmann ranks 102 out of 726Before him are Aribert Heim, Alexandre Yersin, Haldan Keffer Hartline, Róbert Bárány, André Frédéric Cournand, and Ctesias. After him are William T. G. Morton, Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Jens Christian Skou, Frederick Chapman Robbins, James Parkinson, and Ronald Ross.

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Among people born in 1904, Werner Forssmann ranks 30Before him are Glenn Miller, Cary Grant, Joan Crawford, Luis Carrero Blanco, Witold Gombrowicz, and John Hicks. After him are Antonín Novotný, Dmitry Kabalevsky, Gregory Bateson, Ernst Mayr, Hans Morgenthau, and Wendell Meredith Stanley. Among people deceased in 1979, Werner Forssmann ranks 24Before him are Sonia Delaunay, Hafizullah Amin, Hanna Reitsch, Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, Nadia Boulanger, and Sid Vicious. After him are Bertil Ohlin, Robert Burns Woodward, Nur Muhammad Taraki, Agostinho Neto, Reinhard Gehlen, and Wilhelm Bittrich.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Werner Forssmann ranks 652 out of 7,253Before him are Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), John of Saxony (1801), Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919), Herbert Kroemer (1928), Magda Schneider (1909), and Bettina von Arnim (1785). After him are Werner Mölders (1913), Andreas Baader (1943), Carl Gustav Hempel (1905), Gerhard Ertl (1936), Ottmar Hitzfeld (1949), and Rudolf Bultmann (1884).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Werner Forssmann ranks 12Before him are Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), Gerhard Domagk (1895), Otto Loewi (1873), and Theodor Morell (1886). After him are Ryke Geerd Hamer (1935), Franz Joseph Gall (1758), Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840), Johannes Peter Müller (1801), Herta Oberheuser (1911), and Theodor Billroth (1829).