Axel Munthe

1857 - 1949

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Axel Martin Fredrik Munthe (31 October 1857 – 11 February 1949) was a Swedish-born medical doctor 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 202,251 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Axel Munthe is the 62nd most popular social activist (down from 57th in 2019), the 90th most popular biography from Sweden (down from 83rd 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 62 out of 544Before him are Lê Đức Thọ, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Witold Pilecki, Bhagat Singh, Fra Dolcino, and Nicholas Winton. After him are Widukind, Mukhtar al-Thaqafi, Anneliese Michel, Errico Malatesta, Mustafa Barzani, and Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.

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Among people born in 1857, Axel Munthe ranks 20Before him are William Howard Taft, Alfred Binet, Theo van Gogh, Eugen Bleuler, Paul Doumer, and Antoni Grabowski. After him are Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, Thorstein Veblen, Andrija Mohorovičić, Alexander of Battenberg, Julius Wagner-Jauregg, and Karl Pearson. Among people deceased in 1949, Axel Munthe ranks 16Before him are Hassan al-Banna, Louis II, Prince of Monaco, Kim Jong-suk, Victor Fleming, Elton Mayo, and Klaus Mann. After him are Friedrich Bergius, Nathuram Godse, August Krogh, Kim Koo, Marcel Cerdan, and Fyodor Tolbukhin.

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Among people born in Sweden, Axel Munthe ranks 90 out of 1,296Before him are Harry Martinson (1904), Stieg Larsson (1954), Ermanaric (400), Arne Tiselius (1902), Ronnie Peterson (1944), and Verner von Heidenstam (1859). After him are Hannes Alfvén (1908), Anund Jacob (1008), Princess Birgitta of Sweden (1937), Stefan Löfven (1957), Peter Stormare (1953), and Magnus I of Sweden (1106).


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), and Sophie Adlersparre (1823).