Werner Forssmann

1904 - 1979

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Werner Theodor Otto Forßmann (Forssmann in English; German pronunciation: [ˈvɛʁnɐ ˈfɔʁsˌman] (listen); 29 August 1904 – 1 June 1979) was a 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 614,941 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Werner Forssmann is the 87th most popular physician (up from 105th in 2019), the 571st most popular biography from Germany (up from 739th in 2019) and the 12th most popular 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 87 out of 502Before him are William T. G. Morton, August Krogh, François Duvalier, Johannes Fibiger, Jonas Salk, and Julius Wagner-Jauregg. After him are Cornelius Jansen, Friedrich Miescher, Róbert Bárány, Walter Rudolf Hess, Jang-geum, and Corneille Heymans.

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Among people born in 1904, Werner Forssmann ranks 25Before him are Ève Curie, Pavel Cherenkov, René Lacoste, Glenn Miller, Lal Bahadur Shastri, and Hans Albert Einstein. After him are John Hicks, Luis Carrero Blanco, Gregory Bateson, Harry Martinson, Dmitry Kabalevsky, and Witold Gombrowicz. Among people deceased in 1979, Werner Forssmann ranks 23Before him are Hanna Reitsch, Ludvík Svoboda, Nur Muhammad Taraki, Mustafa Barzani, Nadia Boulanger, and Sonia Delaunay. After him are Sid Vicious, Reinhard Gehlen, Bertil Ohlin, Wilhelm Bittrich, Rachele Mussolini, and Robert Burns Woodward.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Werner Forssmann ranks 571 out of 6,142Before him are Maria Anna of Bavaria (1551), Hans Jonas (1903), August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767), Elizabeth Alexeievna (1779), Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen (1738), and Werner Mölders (1913). After him are Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Poland (1653), Prince Leopold of Bavaria (1846), Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia (1907), Rudolf von Jhering (1818), George Grosz (1893), and Simon Marius (1573).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Werner Forssmann ranks 12Before him are Emil Kraepelin (1856), Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Franz Mesmer (1734), Gerhard Domagk (1895), Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), and Theodor Morell (1886). After him are Otto Loewi (1873), Johann Joachim Becher (1635), Herta Oberheuser (1911), Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840), Franz Joseph Gall (1758), and Johannes Peter Müller (1801).