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Blumberg was a Jewish-American doctor and co-recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for… [More] work on infectious diseases and for kuru, the first human prion disease demonstrated to be infectious. He also identified the Hepatitis B virus, and later developed its diagnostic test and vaccine. He was also te President of the American Philosophical Society from 2005 until his death. [Less]
1902: Karl Popper
Popper was an Austro-British philosopher and professor at the London School of Economics —… [More] one of the highly regarded philosophers of social and political philosophy in the 20th century. In 1992 he was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy for his influence on modern intellectualism. Popper’s grandparents were Jewish — but his family converted to Lutheranism. [Less]
1943: Mike Bloomfield
Bloomfield was a Chicago-born Jewish-American musician, guitarist, and composer. He became one of the… [More] first popular music superstars of the 1960s to earn his reputation almost entirely on his instrumental prowess (he rarely sang before 1970). Respected for his fluid guitar playing, Bloomfield played with many of Chicago’s blues legends and was one of the primary influences on the 1960s revival of classic Chicago and other styles of blues music. In 2003 he was ranked at number 22 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. [Less]