Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

1632 - 1723

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Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek ( AHN-tə-nee vahn LAY-vən-hook, -⁠huuk; Dutch: [ɑnˈtoːni vɑn ˈleːuə(n)ˌɦuk] (listen); 24 October 1632 – 26 August 1723) was a Dutch businessman and scientist 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 3,510,082 page views. His biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 85 in 2019). Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is the 6th most popular biologist (up from 7th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 13th 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 844Before him are Charles Darwin, Carl Linnaeus, Gregor Mendel, Alexander Fleming, and Ivan Pavlov. After him are Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Ernst Haeckel, Konrad Lorenz, Karl Landsteiner, James Watson, and Luc Montagnier.

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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, Christopher Wren, Samuel von Pufendorf, 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, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Praskovia Saltykova, Godfrey Kneller, Anne Christine of Sulzbach, Princess of Piedmont, Zanabazar, Guillaume Dubois, and Mariana Alcoforado.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek ranks 11 out of 1,209Before him are Erasmus (1466), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Piet Mondrian (1872), Mata Hari (1876), and Christiaan Huygens (1629). After him are Johan Cruyff (1947), Hugo Grotius (1583), Pope Adrian VI (1459), Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938), Daniel Bernoulli (1700), and Hendrik Lorentz (1853).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Netherlands

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