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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 265,722 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Franz Joseph Gall is the 120th most popular physician (down from 100th in 2019), the 791st most popular biography from Germany (down from 681st in 2019) and the 17th 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 120 out of 502Before him are Francis Peyton Rous, Herta Oberheuser, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Harvey J. Alter, Jean Dausset, and John Eccles. After him are Virginia Apgar, Albert Sabin, Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Johannes Peter Müller, Niels Kaj Jerne, and Santorio Santorio.

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Among people born in 1758, Franz Joseph Gall ranks 10Before him are André Masséna, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Emperor Go-Momozono, Kamehameha I, and Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier. After him are Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Antoine Isaac Silvestre de Sacy, Honoré IV, Prince of Monaco, Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, Osman Pazvantoğlu, and Carl Friedrich Zelter. Among people deceased in 1828, Franz Joseph Gall ranks 8Before him are Francisco Goya, Shaka, Maria Feodorovna, Victor of Aveyron, Alexander Ypsilantis, and Jean-Antoine Houdon. After him are Carl Peter Thunberg, Karl Mack von Leiberich, Kobayashi Issa, Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Charlotte, Princess Royal, and William Hyde Wollaston.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Franz Joseph Gall ranks 791 out of 6,142Before him are Gotthard Kettler (1517), Hans-Valentin Hube (1890), Hans Fallada (1893), Maria Barbara Bach (1684), Wolfgang Schäuble (1942), and Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria (1821). After him are Eduard Dietl (1890), Rudolf Schenker (1948), Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (1792), Carl Friedrich Abel (1723), Gudrun Burwitz (1929), and Hermann Cohen (1842).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Franz Joseph Gall ranks 17Before him are Theodor Morell (1886), Werner Forssmann (1904), Otto Loewi (1873), Johann Joachim Becher (1635), Herta Oberheuser (1911), and Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840). After him are Johannes Peter Müller (1801), Theodor Billroth (1829), Ludwig Guttmann (1899), Waldemar Hoven (1903), Engelbert Kaempfer (1651), and Albert of Riga (1165).