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. 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 250,063 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). August Weismann is the 39th most popular biologist (up from 43rd in 2019), the 451st most popular biography from Germany and the 4th 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 39 out of 844Before him are Jules Bordet, Karl Ernst von Baer, Barbara McClintock, Nikolaas Tinbergen, Richard Owen, and Peter Simon Pallas. After him are Ada Yonath, Harald zur Hausen, Jean-Henri Fabre, René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, Adelbert von Chamisso, and Erasmus Darwin.

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Among people born in 1834, August Weismann ranks 10Before him are Ernst Haeckel, William Morris, John Venn, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Duchess Helene in Bavaria, and Léon Walras. After him are Amilcare Ponchielli, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Charles Spurgeon, Julia Pastrana, Norodom of Cambodia, and Vasily Perov. Among people deceased in 1914, August Weismann ranks 11Before him are George Westinghouse, Frédéric Mistral, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, Paul Heyse, Charles Albert Gobat, and Carol I of Romania. After him are Georg Trakl, Jean Jaurès, August Macke, Ambrose Bierce, Georges Picquart, and Ismail Gaspirali.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, August Weismann ranks 451 out of 5,289Before him are Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (1662), Werner von Fritsch (1880), Peter Simon Pallas (1741), Kurt Georg Kiesinger (1904), Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), and Richard Willstätter (1872). After him are Horst Wessel (1907), Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (1573), Louise Mountbatten (1889), Hans Lippershey (1570), J. Hans D. Jensen (1907), and Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium (1876).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Germany

Among biologists born in Germany, August Weismann ranks 4Before him are Ernst Haeckel (1834), Maria Sibylla Merian (1647), and Peter Simon Pallas (1741). After him are Harald zur Hausen (1936), Theodor Schwann (1810), Hans Spemann (1869), Albrecht Kossel (1853), Ernst Mayr (1904), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), Johann Friedrich Gmelin (1748), and Julius Richard Petri (1852).