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Abraham Ortelius

1527 - 1598

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Abraham Ortelius (; also Ortels, Orthellius, Wortels; 4 or 14 April 1527 – 28 June 1598) was a Brabantian cartographer, geographer, and cosmographer. He is recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). Along with Gemma Frisius and Gerardus Mercator, Ortelius is generally considered one of the founders of the Netherlandish school of cartography and geography. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abraham Ortelius has received more than 1,216,589 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Abraham Ortelius is the 10th most popular geographer (down from 8th in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from Belgium (up from 44th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Belgian Geographer.

Abraham Ortelius is most famous for his atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, which was published in 1570.

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Among geographers, Abraham Ortelius ranks 10 out of 67Before him are Gerardus Mercator, Muhammad al-Idrisi, Piri Reis, Pausanias, Carl Ritter, and George Everest. After him are Martin Waldseemüller, Ferdinand von Richthofen, Wladimir Köppen, Paul Vidal de La Blache, Ibn Khordadbeh, and Pomponius Mela.

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Among people born in 1527, Abraham Ortelius ranks 4Before him are Philip II of Spain, John Dee, and Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Maria Manuela, Princess of Portugal, Barbara Blomberg, Qi Jiguang, Hans Vredeman de Vries, Luis de León, Ulrich, Duke of Mecklenburg, Agnes of Hesse, and Li Zhi. Among people deceased in 1598, Abraham Ortelius ranks 5Before him are Philip II of Spain, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Feodor I of Russia, and Yi Sun-sin. After him are Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland, John George, Elector of Brandenburg, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Abdullah Khan II, Theodor de Bry, Paolo Boi, and Henri Estienne.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Abraham Ortelius ranks 43 out of 1,019Before him are Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564), Victor Horta (1861), Margaret of Parma (1522), Princess Stéphanie of Belgium (1864), Eddy Merckx (1945), and Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568). After him are Guillaume Du Fay (1397), Carlota of Mexico (1840), Adolphe Sax (1814), Jules Bordet (1870), Simon Stevin (1548), and Henry van de Velde (1863).

Among GEOGRAPHERS In Belgium

Among geographers born in Belgium, Abraham Ortelius ranks 2Before him are Gerardus Mercator (1512). After him are Jodocus Hondius (1563).