Humberto Maturana

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Humberto Maturana Romesín (September 14, 1928 – May 6, 2021) was a Chilean biologist and philosopher, generally known as Humberto Maturana. Many consider him a member of a group of second-order cybernetics theoreticians such as Heinz von Foerster, Gordon Pask, Herbert Brün and Ernst von Glasersfeld. Maturana, along with Francisco Varela and Ricardo B. Uribe, was particularly known for creating the term "autopoiesis" about the self-generating, self-maintaining structure in living systems, and concepts such as structural determinism and structural coupling. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Humberto Maturana has received more than 291,266 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Humberto Maturana is the 213th most popular biologist (up from 214th in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from Chile (down from 25th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Chilean Biologist.

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Among biologists, Humberto Maturana ranks 213 out of 844Before him are Friedrich Parrot, Carl Ludwig Willdenow, Leland H. Hartwell, Johann Matthäus Bechstein, Johann Hermann, and John Boyd Orr. After him are Eva Ekeblad, Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, René Lesson, Georges J. F. Köhler, Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, and John Gould.

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Among people born in 1928, Humberto Maturana ranks 134Before him are Cécile Aubry, Cannonball Adderley, Mihály Lantos, Dick York, Fidel Ramos, and Adrian Frutiger. After him are Paul Elvstrøm, Jo Schlesser, Sisavath Keobounphanh, Donald Judd, Laurence Harvey, and Emilio Caprile.

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Among people born in Chile, Humberto Maturana ranks 26 out of 225Before him are Iván Zamorano (1967), Luis Corvalán (1916), Elías Figueroa (1946), Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle (1942), Leonel Sánchez (1936), and Raúl Ruiz (1941). After him are Jorge Medina (1926), Roberto Matta (1911), Nicanor Parra (1914), Jorge Alessandri (1896), Orlando Letelier (1932), and Arturo Vidal (1987).


Among biologists born in Chile, Humberto Maturana ranks 2Before him are Hugo Gunckel Lüer (1901). After him are Francisco Varela (1946) and Juan Ignacio Molina (1740).