Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

1646 - 1716

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Gottfried Wilhelm (von) Leibniz (1 July 1646 [O.S. 21 June] – 14 November 1716) was a German polymath active as a mathematician, philosopher, scientist, and diplomat. He is a prominent figure in both the history of philosophy and the history of mathematics. As a philosopher, he was one of the greatest representatives of 17th century rationalism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz has received more than 3,891,970 page views. His biography is available in 141 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 137 in 2019). Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is the 4th most popular mathematician (up from 6th in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from Germany (down from 16th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Mathematician.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is most famous for his work on calculus and the binary system.

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Among mathematicians, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz ranks 4 out of 828Before him are Archimedes, Blaise Pascal, and Carl Friedrich Gauss. After him are Leonhard Euler, Omar Khayyam, Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, Euclid, Hypatia, Bertrand Russell, Pierre de Fermat, and Fibonacci.

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Among people born in 1646, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz ranks 1After him are Christian V of Denmark, Ismail Ibn Sharif, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Antoine Galland, John Flamsteed, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Maria Francisca of Savoy, Hortense Mancini, Godfrey Kneller, and Charles Plumier. Among people deceased in 1716, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz ranks 1After him are Louis de Montfort, Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine, Engelbert Kaempfer, Marie Casimire Louise de La Grange d'Arquien, Tokugawa Ietsugu, Ogata Kōrin, Anthim the Iberian, Roger Cotes, Silahdar Damat Ali Pasha, Giovanni Battista Bassani, and Dorothe Engelbretsdatter.

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Among people born in Germany, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz ranks 17 out of 5,289Before him are Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), Richard Wagner (1813), George Frideric Handel (1685), Peter Paul Rubens (1577), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), and Max Weber (1864). After him are Wilhelm Röntgen (1845), Henry Kissinger (1923), Friedrich Engels (1820), Johannes Brahms (1833), Max Planck (1858), and Pope Benedict XVI (1927).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz ranks 2Before him are Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777). After him are Bernhard Riemann (1826), Gottlob Frege (1848), Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), Emmy Noether (1882), Ludolph van Ceulen (1540), Karl Weierstrass (1815), August Ferdinand Möbius (1790), Friedrich Bessel (1784), Richard Dedekind (1831), and Regiomontanus (1436).