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Athanasius Kircher

1602 - 1680

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Athanasius Kircher (2 May 1602 – 27 November 1680) was a German Jesuit scholar and polymath who published around 40 major works, most notably in the fields of comparative religion, geology, and medicine. Kircher has been compared to fellow Jesuit Roger Joseph Boscovich and to Leonardo da Vinci for his enormous range of interests, and has been honoured with the title "Master of a Hundred Arts". He taught for more than 40 years at the Roman College, where he set up a wunderkammer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Athanasius Kircher has received more than 638,164 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Athanasius Kircher is the 189th most popular philosopher (down from 169th in 2019), the 294th most popular biography from Germany (down from 251st in 2019) and the 32nd most popular German Philosopher.

Athanasius Kircher is most famous for his work in the fields of mathematics, geology, and Egyptology. He was a polymath who published over forty books.

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Among philosophers, Athanasius Kircher ranks 189 out of 1,081Before him are Posidonius, Hippasus, Han Fei, Jakob Böhme, Muhammad Abduh, and Sextus Empiricus. After him are Melissus of Samos, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Ernest Renan, Pierre Bayle, John Scotus Eriugena, and Nicolas Malebranche.

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Among people born in 1602, Athanasius Kircher ranks 4Before him are Cardinal Mazarin, Otto von Guericke, and Elisabeth of France. After him are Francesco Cavalli, Philippe de Champaigne, Gilles de Roberval, Salomon van Ruysdael, Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, Mary of Jesus of Ágreda, Per Brahe the Younger, and Zhu Yujian. Among people deceased in 1680, Athanasius Kircher ranks 4Before him are Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Shivaji, and François de La Rochefoucauld. After him are Nicolas Fouquet, Jan Swammerdam, Raimondo Montecuccoli, La Voisin, Willem Claesz. Heda, Ivan Sirko, Ferdinand Bol, and Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine.

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Among people born in Germany, Athanasius Kircher ranks 294 out of 6,142Before him are Christian I of Denmark (1426), Einhard (770), Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804), Gustav Ludwig Hertz (1887), Gustav Stresemann (1878), and Michael Ende (1929). After him are Alexandra Feodorovna (1798), Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1175), Albrecht Altdorfer (1480), Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742), Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850), and Ludwig Beck (1880).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Athanasius Kircher ranks 32Before him are Adam Weishaupt (1748), Ferdinand Tönnies (1855), Max Stirner (1806), Carl Schmitt (1888), Max Scheler (1874), and Max Horkheimer (1895). After him are Rudolf Carnap (1891), Moses Mendelssohn (1729), Franz Brentano (1838), Hugh of Saint Victor (1096), Ernst Bloch (1885), and Hans Jonas (1903).