August Weismann

1834 - 1914

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August Friedrich Leopold Weismann FRS (For), HonFRSE, LLD (17 January 1834 – 5 November 1914) was a German evolutionary biologist. Fellow German Ernst Mayr ranked him as the second most notable evolutionary theorist of the 19th century, after Charles Darwin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of August Weismann has received more than 306,732 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). August Weismann is the 67th most popular biologist (down from 45th in 2019), the 626th most popular biography from Germany (down from 503rd in 2019) and the 10th most popular German Biologist.

August Weismann is most famous for his theory of the germ plasm, which states that the inheritance of traits is determined by the transmission of information from generation to generation through the germ cells (eggs and sperm).

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Among biologists, August Weismann ranks 67 out of 1,097Before him are George Beadle, Adelbert von Chamisso, Trofim Lysenko, Irwin Rose, Linda B. Buck, and André Michel Lwoff. After him are Ulisse Aldrovandi, Alexander Oparin, Robert Edwards, Ferdinand Cohn, Herman Boerhaave, and Max Theiler.

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Among people born in 1834, August Weismann ranks 10Before him are Ernst Haeckel, John Venn, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, William Morris, Duchess Helene in Bavaria, and Léon Walras. After him are Amilcare Ponchielli, Jan Neruda, Julia Pastrana, Johann Philipp Reis, Norodom of Cambodia, and Vasily Perov. Among people deceased in 1914, August Weismann ranks 15Before him are George Westinghouse, Carol I of Romania, Georg Trakl, Jean Jaurès, Ismail Gaspirali, and Eugen Böhm von Bawerk. After him are August Macke, Georges Picquart, Eduard Suess, Ambrose Bierce, Maximilian von Spee, and Alexander Samsonov.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, August Weismann ranks 626 out of 7,253Before him are Ernst Udet (1896), Hermann Müller (1876), Hermann von Salza (1170), Fritz Strassmann (1902), Gustav Heinemann (1899), and Otto Strasser (1897). After him are Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria (1839), Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia (1892), Franz Brentano (1838), Heinrich Lübke (1894), Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1786), and Gustav Ludwig Hertz (1887).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Germany

Among biologists born in Germany, August Weismann ranks 10Before him are Theodor Schwann (1810), Albrecht Kossel (1853), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), Harald zur Hausen (1936), Hans Spemann (1869), and Peter Simon Pallas (1741). After him are Ernst Mayr (1904), Bernard Katz (1911), Otto Wilhelm Hermann von Abich (1806), Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (1942), Johann Friedrich Gmelin (1748), and Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg (1795).