Abraham Ortelius

1527 - 1598

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Abraham Ortelius (; also Ortels, Orthellius, Wortels; 14 April 1527 – 28 June 1598) was a Brabantian cartographer, geographer, and cosmographer, conventionally recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). Ortelius is often considered one of the founders of the Netherlandish school of cartography and one of the most notable figures of the school in its golden age (approximately 1570s–1670s). The publication of his atlas in 1570 is often considered as the official beginning of the Golden Age of Netherlandish cartography. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abraham Ortelius has received more than 1,088,891 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Abraham Ortelius is the 8th most popular geographer (up from 10th in 2019), the 44th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 43rd 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 8 out of 67Before him are Strabo, Alexander von Humboldt, Gerardus Mercator, Muhammad al-Idrisi, Piri Reis, and Pausanias. After him are George Everest, Martin Waldseemüller, Ferdinand von Richthofen, Wladimir Köppen, Carl Ritter, 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, Qi Jiguang, Barbara Blomberg, Hans Vredeman de Vries, Luis de León, Li Zhi, Ulrich, Duke of Mecklenburg, and Luca Cambiaso. Among people deceased in 1598, Abraham Ortelius ranks 4Before him are Philip II of Spain, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Feodor I of Russia. After him are Yi Sun-sin, Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland, John George, Elector of Brandenburg, Theodor de Bry, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Paolo Boi, Henri Estienne, and Abdullah Khan II.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Abraham Ortelius ranks 44 out of 899Before him are William III of the Netherlands (1817), Simon Stevin (1548), Pepin of Herstal (635), Henry van de Velde (1863), Ursula von der Leyen (1958), and Guillaume Du Fay (1397). After him are Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568), James Ensor (1860), Johannes Ockeghem (1410), Marguerite Yourcenar (1903), Margaret of Parma (1522), and Samo (600).

Among GEOGRAPHERS In Belgium

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