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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 258,515 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). August Weismann is the 44th most popular biologist (down from 39th in 2019), the 503rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 451st in 2019) and the 6th 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 44 out of 841Before him are Christian de Duve, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Ada Yonath, Richard Owen, Nikolaas Tinbergen, and René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur. After him are Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Karl Ernst von Baer, Hans Spemann, Peter Simon Pallas, Nikolai Vavilov, and Hugo de Vries.

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Among people born in 1834, August Weismann ranks 10Before him are Gottlieb Daimler, John Venn, William Morris, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Léon Walras, and Duchess Helene in Bavaria. After him are Amilcare Ponchielli, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Charles Spurgeon, Vasily Perov, Kawakami Gensai, and Norodom of Cambodia. Among people deceased in 1914, August Weismann ranks 11Before him are Charles Sanders Peirce, Frédéric Mistral, George Westinghouse, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, Paul Heyse, and Carol I of Romania. After him are Jean Jaurès, Georg Trakl, Ismail Gaspirali, August Macke, Maximilian von Spee, and Eugen Böhm von Bawerk.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, August Weismann ranks 503 out of 6,142Before him are Pyotr Stolypin (1862), Wilhelm Schickard (1592), Werner von Fritsch (1880), Julia Drusilla (16), Patrick Süskind (1949), and Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884). After him are Friedrich List (1789), Aby Warburg (1866), Kurt Student (1890), Erich Kästner (1899), Otto Carius (1922), and Hans Adolf Krebs (1900).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Germany

Among biologists born in Germany, August Weismann ranks 6Before him are Ernst Haeckel (1834), Maria Sibylla Merian (1647), Theodor Schwann (1810), Harald zur Hausen (1936), and Albrecht Kossel (1853). After him are Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), Hans Spemann (1869), Peter Simon Pallas (1741), Ernst Mayr (1904), Bernard Katz (1911), and Julius Richard Petri (1852).