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Jan Swammerdam

1637 - 1680

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Jan or Johannes Swammerdam (February 12, 1637 – February 17, 1680) was a Dutch biologist and microscopist. His work on insects demonstrated that the various phases during the life of an insect—egg, larva, pupa, and adult—are different forms of the same animal. As part of his anatomical research, he carried out experiments on muscle contraction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan Swammerdam has received more than 185,878 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Jan Swammerdam is the 78th most popular biologist (up from 99th in 2019), the 106th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 126th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Dutch Biologist.

Jan Swammerdam is most famous for his work in anatomy and microscopy. He was the first to describe the erythrocyte, or red blood cell, and he also discovered the spermatozoa, or male reproductive cell.

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Among biologists, Jan Swammerdam ranks 78 out of 841Before him are Philip Miller, Tomas Lindahl, Julian Huxley, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, Ulisse Aldrovandi, and Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire. After him are Gabriele Falloppio, Carolus Clusius, Alfred Hershey, Elizabeth Blackburn, E. O. Wilson, and André Michel Lwoff.

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Among people born in 1637, Jan Swammerdam ranks 2Before him is Dieterich Buxtehude. After him are Anne Hyde, Köprülüzade Fazıl Mustafa Pasha, Bernardo Pasquini, Nicolas Catinat, Jan van der Heyden, Christian II, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, Anne Marie Martinozzi, Countess Henriette Catherine of Nassau, and Jacques Marquette. Among people deceased in 1680, Jan Swammerdam ranks 6Before him are Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Shivaji, François de La Rochefoucauld, Athanasius Kircher, and Nicolas Fouquet. After him are Raimondo Montecuccoli, La Voisin, Willem Claesz. Heda, Ivan Sirko, Ferdinand Bol, and Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Jan Swammerdam ranks 106 out of 1,427Before him are Rob Rensenbrink (1947), Multatuli (1820), Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (1967), Louise of the Netherlands (1828), Gerrit Dou (1613), and Adriaen van Ostade (1610). After him are Marinus van der Lubbe (1909), Menno Simons (1496), Pier Gerlofs Donia (1480), Isabelle de Charrière (1740), Willem Janszoon (1570), and Simon van der Meer (1925).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Netherlands

Among biologists born in Netherlands, Jan Swammerdam ranks 5Before him are Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907), Hugo de Vries (1848), and Herman Boerhaave (1668). After him are 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).