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 596,039 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia. Werner Forssmann is the 105th most popular physician (down from 100th in 2019), the 739th most popular biography from Germany (down from 599th in 2019) and the 13th 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 105 out of 509Before him are John Snow, Franz Joseph Gall, John Langdon Down, Charles Nicolle, Albert Calmette, and Ferid Murad. After him are Corneille Heymans, Ragnar Granit, Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, William P. Murphy, Johannes Peter Müller, and Baruch Samuel Blumberg.

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Among people born in 1904, Werner Forssmann ranks 38Before him are Witold Gombrowicz, Luis Carrero Blanco, Alejo Carpentier, Antonín Novotný, Nikolai Ostrovsky, and Joseph Campbell. After him are Ève Curie, George F. Kennan, Louis Néel, George Balanchine, Karl Rahner, and Clifford D. Simak. Among people deceased in 1979, Werner Forssmann ranks 31Before him are Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, Francisco Macías Nguema, Rachele Mussolini, Wilhelm Bittrich, Sonia Delaunay, and Bertil Ohlin. After him are Mary Pickford, Jean Seberg, Robert Burns Woodward, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Peggy Guggenheim, and Edvard Kardelj.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Werner Forssmann ranks 739 out of 5,289Before him are Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel (1886), Jürgen Klinsmann (1964), Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf (1757), Gisela of Hungary (980), Frederick Augustus II of Saxony (1797), and Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen (1738). After him are Maria Anna of Bavaria (1574), Wied, Prince of Albania (1876), Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793), Oskar Schlemmer (1888), Bruno Walter (1876), and Fritz Haarmann (1879).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Werner Forssmann ranks 13Before him are Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840), Theodor Morell (1886), and Franz Joseph Gall (1758). After him are Johannes Peter Müller (1801), Otto Loewi (1873), Johann Joachim Becher (1635), Theodor Billroth (1829), Albert of Riga (1165), and Herta Oberheuser (1911).