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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 one of the most prominent figures in both the history of philosophy and the history of mathematics. He wrote works on philosophy, theology, ethics, politics, law, history and philology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz has received more than 4,613,779 page views. His biography is available in 147 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 141 in 2019). Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is the 4th most popular mathematician, the 15th most popular biography from Germany (up from 17th 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 823Before him are Archimedes, Blaise Pascal, and Carl Friedrich Gauss. After him are Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, Leonhard Euler, Omar Khayyam, Euclid, Hypatia, Bertrand Russell, Al-Biruni, and Bernhard Riemann.

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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, John Flamsteed, Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Antoine Galland, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Maria Francisca of Savoy, Godfrey Kneller, Hortense Mancini, 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, Silahdar Damat Ali Pasha, Anthim the Iberian, Roger Cotes, Charles de La Fosse, and Giovanni Battista Bassani.

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Among people born in Germany, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz ranks 15 out of 6,142Before him are Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Johannes Kepler (1571), Otto von Bismarck (1815), Max Weber (1864), and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770). After him are Richard Wagner (1813), Peter Paul Rubens (1577), Albrecht Dürer (1471), George Frideric Handel (1685), Angela Merkel (1954), and Wilhelm Röntgen (1845).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz ranks 2Before him are Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777). After him are Bernhard Riemann (1826), Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), Gottlob Frege (1848), Emmy Noether (1882), Karl Weierstrass (1815), August Ferdinand Möbius (1790), Ludolph van Ceulen (1540), Richard Dedekind (1831), Regiomontanus (1436), and Alexander Grothendieck (1928).