Francesco Redi

1626 - 1697

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Francesco Redi (18 February 1626 – 1 March 1697) was an Italian physician, naturalist, biologist, and poet. He is referred to as the "founder of experimental biology", and as the "father of modern parasitology". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francesco Redi has received more than 648,621 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Francesco Redi is the 64th most popular physician (down from 48th in 2019), the 649th most popular biography from Italy (down from 506th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Italian Physician.

Francesco Redi is most famous for his work in disproving the theory of spontaneous generation.

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Among physicians, Francesco Redi ranks 64 out of 726Before him are Emil Theodor Kocher, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Karl Brandt, Hans Asperger, William P. Murphy, and Johannes Fibiger. After him are Shirō Ishii, Ferid Murad, Otto Loewi, Christiaan Barnard, Herophilos, and Elias Lönnrot.

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Among people born in 1626, Francesco Redi ranks 6Before him are Christina, Queen of Sweden, Sabbatai Zevi, Jan Steen, Richard Cromwell, and William II, Prince of Orange. After him are Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur, Giovanni Legrenzi, Louis Couperin, Bada Shanren, and John Aubrey. Among people deceased in 1697, Francesco Redi ranks 2Before him is Charles XI of Sweden. After him are Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Poland, Galdan Boshugtu Khan, Nicolaus Bruhns, António Vieira, Frederick Charles, Duke of Württemberg-Winnental, John Aubrey, Libéral Bruant, Gregorio Barbarigo, Niels Juel, and Filippo Baldinucci.

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Among people born in Italy, Francesco Redi ranks 649 out of 5,161Before him are Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1549), Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia (1701), Luigi Riva (1944), Statius (40), Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (1685), and Galeazzo Ciano (1903). After him are Giovanni Gabrieli (1557), Bernardo Provenzano (1933), Desiderius (710), Pope Telesphorus (100), Gabriele Amorth (1925), and Giovanni Giustiniani (1418).


Among physicians born in Italy, Francesco Redi ranks 6Before him are Florence Nightingale (1820), Cesare Lombroso (1835), Camillo Golgi (1843), Marcello Malpighi (1628), and Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909). After him are Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608), Peter Damian (1007), Giovanni Antonio Scopoli (1723), Bernardino of Siena (1380), Trota of Salerno (1001), and Andrea Cesalpino (1519).