Emil Kraepelin

1856 - 1926

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Emil Wilhelm Georg Magnus Kraepelin (; German: [ˈeːmiːl 'kʁɛːpəliːn]; 15 February 1856 – 7 October 1926) was a German psychiatrist. H. J. Eysenck's Encyclopedia of Psychology identifies him as the founder of modern scientific psychiatry, psychopharmacology and psychiatric genetics. Kraepelin believed the chief origin of psychiatric disease to be biological and genetic malfunction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emil Kraepelin has received more than 509,147 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Emil Kraepelin is the 42nd most popular physician, the 352nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 328th in 2019) and the 5th most popular German Physician.

Emil Kraepelin is most famous for his work in psychiatry and his contributions to the classification of mental disorders. He was one of the first psychiatrists to distinguish between dementia praecox (schizophrenia) and manic-depressive insanity (bipolar disorder).

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Among physicians, Emil Kraepelin ranks 42 out of 726Before him are Alexis Carrel, Thutmose IV, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, Polycarp, and Virginia Apgar. After him are Ambroise Paré, Hua Tuo, Samuel Hahnemann, Otto Heinrich Warburg, Christiaan Eijkman, and Hilary of Poitiers.

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Among people born in 1856, Emil Kraepelin ranks 12Before him are J. J. Thomson, Louis Sullivan, Archduchess Gisela of Austria, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Napoléon, Prince Imperial, and Robert Peary. After him are Georgi Plekhanov, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Ivan Franko, Robert Nivelle, and Svetozar Boroević. Among people deceased in 1926, Emil Kraepelin ranks 14Before him are Mary Cassatt, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Camillo Golgi, Sunjong of Korea, and Symon Petliura. After him are Louise of Sweden, Rudolph Valentino, Aleksei Brusilov, Gertrude Bell, Nikola Pašić, and Margherita of Savoy.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Emil Kraepelin ranks 352 out of 7,253Before him are Adam Weishaupt (1748), Richard Dedekind (1831), Martin Niemöller (1892), Katherine Oppenheimer (1910), Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria (1808), and Ulrike Meinhof (1934). After him are Thomas à Kempis (1380), Theodor Schwann (1810), Otto Dix (1891), Ludwig III of Bavaria (1845), Christian V of Denmark (1646), and Paul Hindemith (1895).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Emil Kraepelin ranks 5Before him are Robert Koch (1843), Josef Mengele (1911), Alois Alzheimer (1864), and Georgius Agricola (1494). After him are Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), Gerhard Domagk (1895), Otto Loewi (1873), Theodor Morell (1886), and Werner Forssmann (1904).