Jan Swammerdam

1637 - 1680

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Jan 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 130,234 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Jan Swammerdam is the 99th most popular biologist (up from 119th in 2019), the 126th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 133rd in 2019) and the 7th 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 99 out of 844Before him are John Gurdon, Bernard Katz, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, George Beadle, Günter Blobel, and Desmond Morris. After him are Gerald Edelman, Ulisse Aldrovandi, Nikolay Pirogov, John Ray, Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber, and John Franklin Enders.

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Among people born in 1637, Jan Swammerdam ranks 2Before him is Dieterich Buxtehude. After him are Köprülüzade Fazıl Mustafa Pasha, Anne Hyde, Bernardo Pasquini, Nicolas Catinat, Jan van der Heyden, Christian II, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, Anne Marie Martinozzi, and Jacques Marquette. Among people deceased in 1680, Jan Swammerdam ranks 8Before him are Shivaji, François de La Rochefoucauld, Athanasius Kircher, Nicolas Fouquet, Raimondo Montecuccoli, and Willem Claesz. Heda. After him are La Voisin, Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine, John George II, Elector of Saxony, John Eudes, Samuel Butler, and Ferdinand Bol.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Jan Swammerdam ranks 126 out of 1,209Before him are Mark Rutte (1967), Bertha of Holland (1055), Harry Mulisch (1927), Edwin van der Sar (1970), Cornelis Drebbel (1572), and Meindert Hobbema (1638). After him are Isabelle de Charrière (1740), Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931), Famke Janssen (1964), Wim Duisenberg (1935), Peter Stuyvesant (1612), and Joris Ivens (1898).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Netherlands

Among biologists born in Netherlands, Jan Swammerdam ranks 7Before him are Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907), Hugo de Vries (1848), Herman Boerhaave (1668), Martinus Beijerinck (1851), and Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1778). After him are Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin (1727), Pieter Boddaert (1730), Nicolaas Laurens Burman (1734), Pieter Bleeker (1819), George Clifford III (1685), and Jan Frederik Gronovius (1686).