Pathologists

Pathologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis of diseases. They examine tissues, analyze laboratory results and interpret them to provide an accurate and early diagnosis of various diseases. By using a variety of investigative techniques, they identity sources of diseases and facilitate the patient’s treatment. Pathologists also conduct autopsies to determine the cause of death. . Pathology is an interdisciplinary field that encompasses elements of sciences like anatomy, pharmacology, biochemistry, physiology and microbiology. They work in a number of fields. A clinical pathologist supervises the laboratory tests conducted on bodily fluids and works together with clinical lab technicians to ensure that blood and blood fluids meant for usage during surgeries are safe from microorganisms. An anatomic pathologist examines tissues removed during biopsies or surgeries to provide a diagnosis on the disease. The early detection of diseases by the pathologists facilitates timely treatment of the patients. In forensic pathology, pathologists examine a corpse to determine the cause of death. They assist law enforcement officers in investigation of deaths under mysterious conditions, and also help to pinpoint undetermined causes of natural death. Some pathologists may work in research and teach in universities. Read on to browse through a list of world famous pathologosts and read their biographies and timelines.

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 1 Bennet Omalu

Bennet Omalu
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Famous As: Pathologist, Neuropathologist
Birthdate: September 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Idemili South, Nigeria

Nigerian-American physician, forensic-pathologist and neuropathologist Bennet Omalu is most-noted for discovering chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players. He was serving at Allegheny County coroner's office in Pittsburgh at that time. He presently serves as President and Medical Director of Bennet Omalu Pathology, chief medical examiner for San Joaquin County, and as professor at the University of California, Davis.

 2 Rudolf Virchow

Rudolf Virchow
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Pathologist
Birthdate: October 13, 1821
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Swidwin, Poland
Died: September 5, 1902

Rudolf Virchow was a German physician, pathologist, anthropologist, biologist, prehistorian, editor, writer, and politician. Nicknamed the Pope of medicine by his colleagues, Virchow is credited with founding the field of social medicine. He is also widely regarded as the father of modern pathology.  Rudolf Virchow was the first person to name diseases, such as thrombosis, leukemia, ochronosis, embolism, and chordoma.

 3 Joseph Lister

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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: April 5, 1827
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Upton House, West Ham, England
Died: February 10, 1912

British surgeon Joseph Lister was a pioneer of antiseptic medicine usage and made a huge contribution to the development of preventive medicine for bacterial infection. His achievements have been honored by many, such as the makers of Listerine antiseptic and mouthwash, who named their product after him.

 4 Howard Florey

Howard Florey
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Famous As: Pathologist and Pharmacologist
Birthdate: September 24, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Died: February 21, 1968

Howard Florey was an Australian pathologist and pharmacologist. He is best remembered for his role in the formation of penicillin, for which he shared the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Alexander Fleming and Ernst Chain in the year 1945. Florey is credited with carrying out the first clinical trial of penicillin at the Radcliffe Infirmary in 1941.

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 5 Beck Weathers

Beck Weathers
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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: December 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Texas, United States

 6 Thomas Stoltz Harvey

Thomas Stoltz Harvey
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Famous As: Pathologist, Neurologist
Birthdate: October 10, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Louisville
Died: April 5, 2007

Pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey was the man who conducted an autopsy on Albert Einstein. It is believed the Princeton Hospital employee later stole Einstein’s brain without his family’s permission and even lost his job for it. He kept parts of the brain with him for 43 years.

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 7 Camillo Golgi

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Famous As: Physician, Pathologist, Biologist
Birthdate: July 7, 1843
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Corteno, Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia, Italy
Died: January 21, 1926

Nobel Prize-winning cytologist and physician Camillo Golgi is remembered for his contribution to the study of the central nervous system. He revolutionized medical science with his staining technique and discoveries such as the Golgi cell, the Golgi tendon organ, and the Golgi apparatus, apart from his research on malaria.

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 8 Charles Scott Sherrington

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Famous As: Neurophysiologist
Birthdate: November 27, 1857
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: March 4, 1952

Charles Scott Sherrington was an English histologist, neurophysiologist, pathologist, and bacteriologist. In 1932, Sherrington and Edgar Douglas Adrian were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of the functions of neurons. Charles Scott Sherrington's exposition of synaptic communication between neurons helped understand the central nervous system. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Royal Medal.

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 9 Alice Hamilton

Alice Hamilton
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Famous As: Toxicologist, Pathologist, University teacher, Physician
Birthdate: February 27, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Wayne
Died: September 22, 1970

 10 Gerhard Domagk

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Famous As: Pathologist and Bacteriologist
Birthdate: October 30, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Łagów, Poland
Died: April 24, 1964

Nobel Prize-winning German pathologist and bacteriologist Gerhard Domagk is best remembered for his pathbreaking discovery of Prontosil, the first sulfonamide antibiotic. The Nazis, however, didn’t allow him to accept the Nobel Prize immediately and detained him briefly instead. He had also served as a soldier in World War I.

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 11 Lionel Logue

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Famous As: Former Speech therapist to King George VI
Birthdate: February 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: College Park, Australia
Died: April 12, 1953

 12 Thomas Hodgkin

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Famous As: Former Physician best known for the first account of Hodgkin's disease, a form of lymphoma and blood disease, in 1832
Birthdate: August 17, 1798
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pentonville, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Died: April 5, 1866

 13 Robin Warren

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Famous As: Australian pathologist
Birthdate: June 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Robin Warren is an Australian pathologist best known for re-discovering the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. Along with Barry J. Marshall, Warren proved that Helicobacter pylori causes stomach ulcers. In 2005, he won the prestigious Nobel Prize in Medicine, which he shared with Marshall. Their Nobel Prize-winning work became the subject of a documentary titled The Winner's Guide to the Nobel Prize.

 14 William H. Welch

William H. Welch
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: April 8, 1850
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Norfolk Historic District, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 30, 1934
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 15 Marie Cassidy

Marie Cassidy
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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Rutherglen, Scotland

 16 Giovanni Battista Morgagni

Giovanni Battista Morgagni
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Famous As: Anatomist
Birthdate: February 25, 1682
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Forlì, Italy
Died: December 6, 1771
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 17 George Whipple

George Whipple
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: August 28, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ashland, New Hampshire, United States
Died: February 1, 1976

 18 Bert Vogelstein

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Famous As: Oncologist
Birthdate: June 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 19 Jonathan Hutchinson

Jonathan Hutchinson
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: July 23, 1828
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Selby, Yorkshire, England
Died: June 13, 1913

 20 Clarence Lushbaugh

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Famous As: Radiologist, Pathologist
Birthdate: March 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Covington, Kentucky, United States
Died: October 13, 2000

 21 René Dubos

René Dubos
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Famous As: Microbiologist
Birthdate: February 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Died: February 20, 1982

 22 Carl von Rokitansky

Carl von Rokitansky
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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: February 19, 1804
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Died: July 23, 1878
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 23 Friedrich Gustav Jacob Henle

Friedrich Gustav Jacob Henle
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: July 9, 1809
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fürth, Bavaria, Germany
Died: May 13, 1885

German pathologist and anatomist Friedrich Gustav Jacob Henle is best remembered for his discovery of two of the most significant parts of the kidney, the loop of Henle and Henle's tubules. His Allgemeine Anatomie, or General Anatomy, was the first systematic written work on histology.

 24 Charles Gabriel Seligman

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: December 24, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 19, 1940
Charles Gabriel Seligman was a British physician and ethnologist whose main ethnographic work described the culture of the Vedda people of Sri Lanka and the Shilluk people of the Sudan. He was a proponent of the Hamitic hypothesis and promoted scientific racism through his work. Considered to be a highly influential teacher, Seligman was also a Professor at the London School of Economics.

 25 Simon Flexner

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 25, 1863
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, Unites States
Died: May 2, 1946

 26 Johannes Fibiger

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: April 23, 1867
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Silkeborg, Denmark
Died: January 30, 1928
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 27 Friedrich Daniel von Recklinghausen

Friedrich Daniel von Recklinghausen
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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: December 2, 1833
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gütersloh, Germany
Died: August 26, 1910

 28 Theobald Smith

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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: July 31, 1859
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: December 10, 1934
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 29 Donald Teare

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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: July 1, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Isle of Man
Died: January 17, 1979

 30 Xavier Bichat

Xavier Bichat
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Famous As: Medical doctor
Birthdate: November 14, 1771
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Thoirette, France
Died: July 22, 1802
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 31 Miroslav Holub

Miroslav Holub
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Famous As: Poet, pathologist and immunologist
Birthdate: September 13, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia
Died: July 14, 1998

 32 Howard Taylor Ricketts

Howard Taylor Ricketts
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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: February 9, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Findlay, Ohio, United States
Died: May 3, 1910

 33 Matthew Baillie

Matthew Baillie
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: October 27, 1761
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shots Manse, Scotland
Died: September 23, 1823

The man who penned the first published study of pathology in English, Matthew Baillie was an Oxford-educated physician who was later also named a Fellow of The Royal Society. He also inherited the estates of his physician uncle William Hunter and taught at his medical school for a while.

 34 Robin Coombs

Robin Coombs
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Famous As: Immunologist
Birthdate: January 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 25, 2006
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 35 Ernest William Goodpasture

Ernest William Goodpasture
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: October 17, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 20, 1960

 36 Ludwig Aschoff

Ludwig Aschoff
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: January 10, 1866
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: June 24, 1942
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 37 Louis-Antoine Ranvier

Louis-Antoine Ranvier
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: October 2, 1835
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: March 22, 1922

 38 Jean Cruveilhier

Jean Cruveilhier
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Famous As: Anatomist
Birthdate: February 9, 1791
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Limoges, France
Died: March 10, 1874

 39 John Simon

John Simon
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: October 10, 1816
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 23, 1904

 40 Elizabeth Stern

Elizabeth Stern
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Famous As: Canadian pathologist
Birthdate: September 29, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cobalt, Canada
Died: August 18, 1980

One of the first specialists in cytopathology, Elizabeth Stern is noted for her work on progression of a healthy cell to a cancerous state. She became interested in cervical cancer while serving as professor of epidemiology at UCLA and began extensive research on the subject, eventually helping to establish that cervical cancer can be successfully treated by prophylactic measures.

 41 Giulio Bizzozero

Giulio Bizzozero
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Famous As: Doctor
Birthdate: March 20, 1846
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Varese, Italy
Died: April 8, 1901

 42 Sophia Getzowa

Sophia Getzowa
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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: January 23, 1872
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belarus, Russian Empire
Died: July 11, 1946

Sophia Getzowa had lost her mother at 8. A prominent Zionist, she studied medicine and became known for her research on solid cell nests and for being the first woman to teach at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was also engaged to Chaim Weizmann, who later became Israel’s first president.

 43 Margaret Newton

Margaret Newton
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Famous As: Mycologist, Pathologist
Birthdate: April 20, 1887
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: April 6, 1971

 44 Julius Friedrich Cohnheim

Julius Friedrich Cohnheim
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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: July 20, 1839
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Demmin, Germany
Died: August 15, 1884

 45 Friedrich Theodor von Frerichs

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 24, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aurich, Germany
Died: March 14, 1885

Pathologist Friedrich Theodor von Frerichs, considered the founder of experimental pathology, had initially been an optician and had also taught at several universities. His contributions include studies in kidney and liver diseases and research on multiple sclerosis. He also released the first German book on nephrology.

 46 Aristides Agramonte y Simoni

Aristides Agramonte y Simoni
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: June 3, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Camagüey, Cuba
Died: August 19, 1931

 47 Eugene Lindsay Opie

Eugene Lindsay Opie
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: July 5, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Staunton, Virginia, United States
Died: March 12, 1971

 48 Elvin C. Stakman

Elvin C. Stakman
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Famous As: Advisor
Birthdate: May 17, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Algoma, Wisconsin, United States
Died: January 22, 1979

 49 Oscar Auerbach

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Famous As: Doctor
Birthdate: January 1, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: January 15, 1997

 50 Lydia Maria Adams DeWitt

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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: February 1, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
Died: March 10, 1928