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Conrad Gessner

1516 - 1565

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Conrad Gessner (; Latin: Conradus Gesnerus 26 March 1516 – 13 December 1565) was a Swiss physician, naturalist, bibliographer, and philologist. Born into a poor family in Zürich, Switzerland, his father and teachers quickly realised his talents and supported him through university, where he studied classical languages, theology and medicine. He became Zürich's city physician, but was able to spend much of his time on collecting, research and writing. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Conrad Gessner has received more than 281,898 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Conrad Gessner is the 28th most popular biologist (down from 25th in 2019), the 27th most popular biography from Switzerland (up from 29th in 2019) and the most popular Swiss Biologist.

Conrad Gessner is most famous for his book Historia Animalium, which was the first major work on zoology. He was also a physician and botanist.

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Among biologists, Conrad Gessner ranks 28 out of 841Before him are Thomas Henry Huxley, Maria Sibylla Merian, Rachel Carson, Élie Metchnikoff, Trofim Lysenko, and Barbara McClintock. After him are Jules Bordet, Dian Fossey, Charles Richet, Theodor Schwann, Yoshinori Ohsumi, and Harald zur Hausen.

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Among people born in 1516, Conrad Gessner ranks 2Before him is Mary I of England. After him are Bayinnaung, Margaret Leijonhufvud, Hieronymus Wolf, William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg, Cristóvão da Gama, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Realdo Colombo, Tabinshwehti, Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, and Söyembikä of Kazan. Among people deceased in 1565, Conrad Gessner ranks 2Before him is Pope Pius IV. After him are Dragut, Lodovico Ferrari, Queen Munjeong, William Farel, Cipriano de Rore, Mikołaj "the Black" Radziwiłł, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Ranuccio Farnese, Diego Laynez, and Semiz Ali Pasha.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Conrad Gessner ranks 27 out of 876Before him are Ursula Andress (1936), Carl Spitteler (1845), Bruno Ganz (1941), Élie Ducommun (1833), Arnold Böcklin (1827), and Jacob Burckhardt (1818). After him are Charles Édouard Guillaume (1861), Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926), Erich von Däniken (1935), Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921), Jacques Necker (1732), and Jacob Bernoulli (1654).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Switzerland

Among biologists born in Switzerland, Conrad Gessner ranks 1After him are Daniel Bovet (1907), Werner Arber (1929), Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (1778), Gaspard Bauhin (1560), Charles Bonnet (1720), Albert von Kölliker (1817), Josias Braun-Blanquet (1884), Jakob Friedrich Ehrhart (1742), Johann Bauhin (1541), Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810), and Carl Nägeli (1817).