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Humberto Maturana

1928 - 2021

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Humberto Maturana Romesín (September 14, 1928 – May 6, 2021) was a Chilean biologist and philosopher. 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, but in fact he was a biologist, scientist. Maturana, along with Francisco Varela and Ricardo B. Uribe, was 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 345,627 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Humberto Maturana is the 182nd most popular biologist (up from 213th in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Chile (up from 26th in 2019) and the most popular Chilean Biologist.

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Among biologists, Humberto Maturana ranks 182 out of 841Before him are Johann Friedrich Gmelin, Carl Linnaeus the Younger, Charles Bell, Friedrich Parrot, Henry Walter Bates, and Johann Matthäus Bechstein. After him are Salim Ali, Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Erik Pontoppidan, Michel Adanson, and Howard Martin Temin.

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Among people born in 1928, Humberto Maturana ranks 124Before him are Malcolm Glazer, Jack Kevorkian, Georgy Dobrovolsky, Burt Bacharach, Bo Diddley, and Vladimir Beara. After him are Petr Ginz, Frank Borman, Al Lettieri, Fred Rogers, Walter Tevis, and Fumihiko Maki. Among people deceased in 2021, Humberto Maturana ranks 135Before him are Alan Lancaster, Libuše Šafránková, Horst Eckel, Gottfried Böhm, Osamu Yamaji, and Lucía Hiriart. After him are Koichi Sugiyama, Matthew Festing, Haya Harareet, Bob Dole, Renée Simonot, and Gunnel Lindblom.

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Among people born in Chile, Humberto Maturana ranks 24 out of 265Before him are Jorge Medina (1926), Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle (1942), Lautaro (1534), Iván Zamorano (1967), Elías Figueroa (1946), and Lucía Hiriart (1923). After him are Hugo Gunckel Lüer (1901), Raúl Ruiz (1941), Luis Corvalán (1916), Antonio Skármeta (1940), Nicanor Parra (1914), and Roberto Matta (1911).


Among biologists born in Chile, Humberto Maturana ranks 1After him are Hugo Gunckel Lüer (1901), Francisco Varela (1946), and Juan Ignacio Molina (1740).