Ernst Mayr

1904 - 2005

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Ernst Walter Mayr (; German pronunciation: [maɪ̯ɐ]; 5 July 1904 – 3 February 2005) was a German-American evolutionary biologist. He was also a renowned taxonomist, tropical explorer, ornithologist, philosopher of biology, and historian of science. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernst Mayr has received more than 583,608 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Ernst Mayr is the 74th most popular biologist (down from 61st in 2019), the 675th most popular biography from Germany (down from 646th in 2019) and the 11th most popular German Biologist.

Ernst Mayr is most famous for his work in evolutionary biology, specifically the biological species concept.

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Among biologists, Ernst Mayr ranks 74 out of 1,097Before him are Ulisse Aldrovandi, Alexander Oparin, Robert Edwards, Ferdinand Cohn, Herman Boerhaave, and Max Theiler. After him are Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, Svante Pääbo, Dmitri Ivanovsky, Bernard Katz, Philip Miller, and Ibn al-Baitar.

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Among people born in 1904, Ernst Mayr ranks 34Before him are Witold Gombrowicz, John Hicks, Werner Forssmann, Antonín Novotný, Dmitry Kabalevsky, and Gregory Bateson. After him are Hans Morgenthau, Wendell Meredith Stanley, George F. Kennan, Alejo Carpentier, Lucile Randon, and Willem de Kooning. Among people deceased in 2005, Ernst Mayr ranks 27Before him are Joseph Rotblat, Aslan Maskhadov, Sister Lúcia, Saul Bellow, James Callaghan, and Anne Bancroft. After him are Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium, Pat Morita, George F. Kennan, Lucien Laurent, Milton Obote, and Moustapha Akkad.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Ernst Mayr ranks 675 out of 7,253Before him are Georg Wittig (1897), August Macke (1887), Pavlo Skoropadskyi (1873), Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (1636), Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1673), and Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805). After him are Heinrich Louis d'Arrest (1822), Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium (1876), Johann Heinrich von Thünen (1783), Jürgen Stroop (1895), Gertrude the Great (1256), and Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria (1869).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Germany

Among biologists born in Germany, Ernst Mayr ranks 11Before him are Albrecht Kossel (1853), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), Harald zur Hausen (1936), Hans Spemann (1869), Peter Simon Pallas (1741), and August Weismann (1834). After him are Bernard Katz (1911), Otto Wilhelm Hermann von Abich (1806), Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (1942), Johann Friedrich Gmelin (1748), Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg (1795), and August Grisebach (1814).