Axel Munthe

1857 - 1949

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Axel Martin Fredrik Munthe (31 October 1857 – 11 February 1949) was a Swedish-born physician and psychiatrist, best known as the author of The Story of San Michele, an autobiographical account of his life and work. He spoke several languages (Swedish, English, French, Italian fluently, and German at least passably), grew up in Sweden, attended medical school there, then studied medicine in Paris and opened his first practice in France. He was married to a wealthy Englishwoman and spent most of his adult life in Italy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Axel Munthe has received more than 279,611 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Axel Munthe is the 77th most popular social activist (up from 80th in 2019), the 93rd most popular biography from Sweden (down from 92nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Swedish Social Activist.

Axel Munthe is most famous for being a Swedish physician and writer. He was born in 1857 and died in 1949. Munthe is most famous for writing the autobiographical book "The Story of San Michele" which was published in 1932. In this book, Munthe describes his time spent as a doctor at a villa on the island of Capri, Italy.

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Among social activists, Axel Munthe ranks 77 out of 840Before him are Dominique Pire, Aleksandr Ulyanov, Horst Wessel, Sakamoto Ryōma, Widukind, and Gerald Durrell. After him are Rashid ad-Din Sinan, Dragutin Dimitrijević, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Emilia Plater, Edmond James de Rothschild, and Gabrielle d'Estrées.

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Among people born in 1857, Axel Munthe ranks 20Before him are Ruggero Leoncavallo, Alfred Binet, Theo van Gogh, Eugen Bleuler, Alexander of Battenberg, and Paul Doumer. After him are Andrija Mohorovičić, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, Thorstein Veblen, Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, and Ronald Ross. Among people deceased in 1949, Axel Munthe ranks 17Before him are Charles Ponzi, Klaus Mann, Kim Jong-suk, August Krogh, Louis II, Prince of Monaco, and Elton Mayo. After him are Angela Hitler, Nathuram Godse, Victor Fleming, Fyodor Tolbukhin, Sarojini Naidu, and Gustav Radbruch.

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Among people born in Sweden, Axel Munthe ranks 93 out of 1,879Before him are Birger Jarl (1210), Stieg Larsson (1954), Jenny Lind (1820), Marie Fredriksson (1958), Ermanaric (400), and Ronnie Peterson (1944). After him are Keke Rosberg (1948), Charles Frederick, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp (1700), Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler (1934), Per Teodor Cleve (1840), Olaus Magnus (1490), and Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson (1943).


Among social activists born in Sweden, Axel Munthe ranks 2Before him are Gustav I of Sweden (1496). After him are Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson (1390), Joe Hill (1879), Greta Thunberg (2003), Sophie Adlersparre (1823), Katarina Taikon (1932), Gertrud Adelborg (1853), Ivan Betskoy (1704), and Isabelle Axelsson (2001).