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Georgius Agricola

1494 - 1555

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Georgius Agricola (; born Georg Bauer; 24 March 1494 – 21 November 1555) was a German Humanist scholar, mineralogist and metallurgist. Born in the small town of Glauchau, in the Electorate of Saxony of the Holy Roman Empire, he was broadly educated, but took a particular interest in the mining and refining of metals. For his groundbreaking work De Natura Fossilium published in 1546, he is generally referred to as the Father of Mineralogy.He is well known for his pioneering work De re metallica libri XII, that was published in 1556, one year after his death. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georgius Agricola has received more than 219,789 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia. Georgius Agricola is the 30th most popular physician (down from 26th in 2019), the 283rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 264th in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Physician.

Georgius Agricola is most famous for his book "De Re Metallica" which is a 1556 text on mining and metallurgy.

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Among physicians, Georgius Agricola ranks 30 out of 502Before him are Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, Polycarp, Camillo Golgi, Paul Ehrlich, Willem Einthoven, and Alexis Carrel. After him are Al-Zahrawi, Emil von Behring, António Egas Moniz, Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, Samuel Hahnemann, and Claude Bernard.

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Among people born in 1494, Georgius Agricola ranks 5Before him are Suleiman the Magnificent, Francis I of France, François Rabelais, and Fuzûlî. After him are Pontormo, Bona Sforza, Jean Parisot de Valette, Leo Africanus, Lucas van Leyden, William Tyndale, and Rosso Fiorentino. Among people deceased in 1555, Georgius Agricola ranks 4Before him are Joanna of Castile, Pope Julius III, and Pope Marcellus II. After him are Kara Ahmed Pasha, Henry II of Navarre, Jacob Clemens non Papa, Pedro Mascarenhas, Thomas of Villanova, Oronce Finé, Herri met de Bles, and Heinrich Aldegrever.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Georgius Agricola ranks 283 out of 6,142Before him are Carl Zeiss (1816), Joseph Beuys (1921), Maurice, Prince of Orange (1567), Constanze Mozart (1762), Michael Haneke (1942), and August Kekulé (1829). After him are Karl May (1842), Karl Weierstrass (1815), Sepp Dietrich (1892), Frederick V of the Palatinate (1596), Christian I of Denmark (1426), and Einhard (770).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Georgius Agricola ranks 4Before him are Robert Koch (1843), Josef Mengele (1911), and Alois Alzheimer (1864). After him are Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Emil Kraepelin (1856), Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Franz Mesmer (1734), Gerhard Domagk (1895), Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), Theodor Morell (1886), and Werner Forssmann (1904).