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Herman Boerhaave

1668 - 1738

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Herman Boerhaave (Dutch: [ˈɦɛrmɑn ˈbuːrˌɦaːvə], 31 December 1668 – 23 September 1738) was a Dutch botanist, chemist, Christian humanist, and physician of European fame. He is regarded as the founder of clinical teaching and of the modern academic hospital and is sometimes referred to as "the father of physiology," along with Venetian physician Santorio Santorio (1561–1636). Boerhaave introduced the quantitative approach into medicine, along with his pupil Albrecht von Haller (1708–1777) and is best known for demonstrating the relation of symptoms to lesions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Herman Boerhaave has received more than 174,352 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Herman Boerhaave is the 64th most popular biologist (down from 57th in 2019), the 96th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 89th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Dutch Biologist.

Herman Boerhaave is most famous for his contributions to the field of medicine. He was a Dutch physician who is credited with discovering the connection between the esophagus and the stomach. He is also credited with developing the medical school at Leiden University.

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Among biologists, Herman Boerhaave ranks 64 out of 841Before him are Ernst Mayr, Hermann Joseph Muller, Linda B. Buck, George Beadle, Max Theiler, and John Edward Gray. After him are Alexander Oparin, John Franklin Enders, Lynn Margulis, Irwin Rose, Jules A. Hoffmann, and Roger Guillemin.

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Among people born in 1668, Herman Boerhaave ranks 4Before him are Giambattista Vico, François Couperin, and Alain-René Lesage. After him are Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, Sultan Husayn, John George IV, Elector of Saxony, Francesco Gasparini, Louis, Prince of Condé, Apostolo Zeno, and Petr Brandl. Among people deceased in 1738, Herman Boerhaave ranks 1After him are Joseph Süß Oppenheimer, Charles III William, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, Caspar Bartholin the Younger, Jean-François Dandrieu, Turlough O'Carolan, Matthias Braun, George Bähr, Jean-Joseph Mouret, and Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Herman Boerhaave ranks 96 out of 1,427Before him are Willem de Kooning (1904), Kees van Dongen (1877), Paul J. Crutzen (1933), Jan van Goyen (1596), Hendrick Avercamp (1585), and Jacobus Arminius (1560). After him are Gerard ter Borch (1617), Pieter van Musschenbroek (1692), Leo Beenhakker (1942), Rob Rensenbrink (1947), Multatuli (1820), and Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (1967).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Netherlands

Among biologists born in Netherlands, Herman Boerhaave ranks 4Before him are Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907), and Hugo de Vries (1848). After him are Jan Swammerdam (1637), Martinus Beijerinck (1851), Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin (1727), Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1778), Pieter Boddaert (1730), Nicolaas Laurens Burman (1734), George Clifford III (1685), and Pieter Bleeker (1819).