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Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

1632 - 1723

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Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek ( AHN-tə-nee vahn LAY-vən-hook, -⁠huuk; Dutch: [ˈɑntoːni vɑn ˈleːu.ə(n)ˌɦuk] ; 24 October 1632 – 26 August 1723) was a Dutch microbiologist and microscopist in the Golden Age of Dutch science and technology. A largely self-taught man in science, he is commonly known as "the Father of Microbiology", and one of the first microscopists and microbiologists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek has received more than 4,442,967 page views. His biography is available in 90 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 88 in 2019). Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is the 6th most popular biologist, the 9th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 11th in 2019) and the most popular Dutch Biologist.

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch scientist who was the first person to observe single-celled organisms with a microscope.

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Among biologists, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek ranks 6 out of 841Before him are Charles Darwin, Carl Linnaeus, Gregor Mendel, Alexander Fleming, and Ivan Pavlov. After him are Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Luc Montagnier, Ernst Haeckel, James Watson, Karl Landsteiner, and Konrad Lorenz.

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Among people born in 1632, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek ranks 4Before him are John Locke, Johannes Vermeer, and Baruch Spinoza. After him are Jean-Baptiste Lully, Samuel von Pufendorf, Christopher Wren, Maria Leopoldine of Austria, Jean Mabillon, Francis Hyacinth, Duke of Savoy, Michael I Apafi, and Adam Frans van der Meulen. Among people deceased in 1723, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek ranks 1After him are Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, Christopher Wren, Dimitrie Cantemir, Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Godfrey Kneller, Praskovia Saltykova, Anne Christine of Sulzbach, Princess of Piedmont, Zanabazar, Antonio Maria Valsalva, and Anne Henriette of Bavaria.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek ranks 9 out of 1,427Before him are Johannes Vermeer (1632), Erasmus (1466), Baruch Spinoza (1632), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Piet Mondrian (1872), and Hieronymus Bosch (1450). After him are Johan Cruyff (1947), Christiaan Huygens (1629), Hugo Grotius (1583), Mata Hari (1876), Abel Tasman (1603), and Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938).

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Among biologists born in Netherlands, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek ranks 1After him are Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907), Hugo de Vries (1848), Herman Boerhaave (1668), Jan Swammerdam (1637), Martinus Beijerinck (1851), Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin (1727), Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1778), Pieter Boddaert (1730), Nicolaas Laurens Burman (1734), George Clifford III (1685), and Pieter Bleeker (1819).