Athanasius Kircher

1602 - 1680

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Athanasius Kircher (2 May 1602 – 28 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 469,913 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Athanasius Kircher is the 169th most popular philosopher (down from 166th in 2019), the 251st most popular biography from Germany (down from 246th in 2019) and the 29th 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 169 out of 1,089Before him are Kabir, Cesare Beccaria, Claude Adrien Helvétius, Paul Ricœur, Jean Buridan, and Ernest Renan. After him are Christian Wolff, Ferdinand Tönnies, Padmasambhava, Max Scheler, Porphyry, and Josef Breuer.

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Among people born in 1602, Athanasius Kircher ranks 3Before him are Cardinal Mazarin and Otto von Guericke. After him are Elisabeth of France, Francesco Cavalli, Philippe de Champaigne, Salomon van Ruysdael, Gilles de Roberval, Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, William V, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, Mary of Jesus of Ágreda, 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, Raimondo Montecuccoli, Willem Claesz. Heda, Jan Swammerdam, La Voisin, Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine, John George II, Elector of Saxony, and John Eudes.

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Among people born in Germany, Athanasius Kircher ranks 251 out of 5,289Before him are Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (1887), Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden (1710), Franz Mesmer (1734), Ernst Jünger (1895), Julius Streicher (1885), and Wim Wenders (1945). After him are Hermann Hoth (1885), Pope Clement II (1005), Ferdinand Tönnies (1855), Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), Max Scheler (1874), and Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Athanasius Kircher ranks 29Before him are Wilhelm Dilthey (1833), Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Adam Weishaupt (1748), Carl Schmitt (1888), Max Horkheimer (1895), and Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714). After him are Ferdinand Tönnies (1855), Max Scheler (1874), Max Stirner (1806), Rudolf Carnap (1891), Moses Mendelssohn (1729), and Franz Brentano (1838).