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Jan Baptist van Helmont

1580 - 1644

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Jan Baptist van Helmont (; Dutch: [ˈɦɛlmɔnt]; 12 January 1580 – 30 December 1644) was a chemist, physiologist, and physician from Brussels. He worked during the years just after Paracelsus and the rise of iatrochemistry, and is sometimes considered to be "the founder of pneumatic chemistry". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan Baptist van Helmont has received more than 380,037 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Jan Baptist van Helmont is the 36th most popular chemist (up from 44th in 2019), the 53rd most popular biography from Belgium (up from 63rd in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Chemist.

Jan Baptist van Helmont is most famous for his work in the field of chemistry. He was one of the first to study the properties of gases and the effects of pressure on gases.

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Among chemists, Jan Baptist van Helmont ranks 36 out of 509Before him are August Kekulé, Valery Legasov, John Stith Pemberton, Robert Bunsen, William Ramsay, and Frederick Sanger. After him are Carl Bosch, Walther Nernst, Gertrude B. Elion, Henrik Dam, Ilya Prigogine, and Frederick Soddy.

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Among people born in 1580, Jan Baptist van Helmont ranks 1After him are Willebrord Snellius, Gabriel Bethlen, John Smith, Josaphat Kuntsevych, Köprülü Mehmed Pasha, Charles I Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, Ernst von Mansfeld, Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Andrea Falconieri, Augusta of Denmark, and Pierre Vernier. Among people deceased in 1644, Jan Baptist van Helmont ranks 4Before him are Pope Urban VIII, Elisabeth of France, and Chongzhen Emperor. After him are Cecilia Renata of Austria, Alfonso III d'Este, Duke of Modena, Francisco Pacheco, Bernardo Strozzi, Countess Louise Juliana of Nassau, Agostino Tassi, Guru Hargobind, and Luis Vélez de Guevara.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Jan Baptist van Helmont ranks 53 out of 1,019Before him are Jules Bordet (1870), Simon Stevin (1548), Henry van de Velde (1863), Samo (600), Marguerite Yourcenar (1903), and Henri La Fontaine (1854). After him are Isabella of Austria (1501), Léon Degrelle (1906), Django Reinhardt (1910), Hugo van der Goes (1440), Pepin of Landen (585), and Julio Cortázar (1914).

Among CHEMISTS In Belgium

Among chemists born in Belgium, Jan Baptist van Helmont ranks 1After him are Ernest Solvay (1838), Yves Chauvin (1930), Leo Baekeland (1863), George Sarton (1884), Jean Stas (1813), and Gilbert Stork (1921).