Franz Joseph Gall

1758 - 1828

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Franz Josef Gall (German: [gal]; 9 March 1758 – 22 August 1828) was a German neuroanatomist, physiologist, and pioneer in the study of the localization of mental functions in the brain. Claimed as the founder of the pseudoscience of phrenology, Gall was an early and important researcher in his fields. His contributions to the field of neuropsychology were controversial at the time and are now widely referred to as pseudoscience. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franz Joseph Gall has received more than 208,046 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. Franz Joseph Gall is the 100th most popular physician (up from 112th in 2019), the 681st most popular biography from Germany (up from 690th in 2019) and the 12th most popular German Physician.

Franz Joseph Gall was a physician and physiologist who is most famous for his theory of phrenology, which he developed in 1796.

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Among physicians, Franz Joseph Gall ranks 100 out of 509Before him are Theodor Morell, Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Eric Kandel, Arvid Carlsson, Friedrich Miescher, and John Snow. After him are John Langdon Down, Charles Nicolle, Albert Calmette, Ferid Murad, Werner Forssmann, and Corneille Heymans.

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Among people born in 1758, Franz Joseph Gall ranks 9Before him are James Monroe, André Masséna, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers, Kamehameha I, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, and Emperor Go-Momozono. After him are Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier, Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Honoré IV, Prince of Monaco, Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, Antoine Isaac Silvestre de Sacy, and Carl Friedrich Zelter. Among people deceased in 1828, Franz Joseph Gall ranks 6Before him are Franz Schubert, Francisco Goya, Shaka, Maria Feodorovna, and Victor of Aveyron. After him are Carl Peter Thunberg, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Alexander Ypsilantis, Kobayashi Issa, William Hyde Wollaston, and Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Franz Joseph Gall ranks 681 out of 5,289Before him are Matilda of Ringelheim (894), Max Beckmann (1884), Lucian Freud (1922), Georg Jellinek (1851), Ingeborg of Denmark, Queen of France (1174), and Jakob Fugger (1459). After him are Elsa Einstein (1876), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929), Magda Schneider (1909), Achim von Arnim (1781), Karl Carstens (1914), and Hans von Aachen (1552).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Franz Joseph Gall ranks 12Before him are Emil Kraepelin (1856), Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840), and Theodor Morell (1886). After him are Werner Forssmann (1904), Johannes Peter Müller (1801), Otto Loewi (1873), Johann Joachim Becher (1635), Theodor Billroth (1829), and Albert of Riga (1165).