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Jean Fernel

1497 - 1558

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Jean François Fernel (Latinized as Ioannes Fernelius; 1497 – 26 April 1558) was a French physician who introduced the term "physiology" to describe the study of the body's function. He was the first person to describe the spinal canal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Fernel has received more than 76,195 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Jean Fernel is the 190th most popular astronomer (up from 191st in 2019), the 2,497th most popular biography from France (down from 2,434th in 2019) and the 19th most popular French Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Jean Fernel ranks 190 out of 531Before him are Antonio de Ulloa, Lyudmila Chernykh, Robert Grant Aitken, Yrjö Väisälä, Francis Baily, and Bertil Lindblad. After him are Joel Hastings Metcalf, Habash al-Hasib al-Marwazi, Maximilian Hell, Mariam al-Asturlabi, Otto Struve, and Edward Walter Maunder.

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Among people born in 1497, Jean Fernel ranks 8Before him are Philip Melanchthon, Beyhan Sultan, Pedro de Valdivia, Emperor Go-Nara, Mōri Motonari, and Ernest I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. After him are Francesco Canova da Milano and Stephen Gardiner. Among people deceased in 1558, Jean Fernel ranks 11Before him are Eleanor of Austria, Julius Caesar Scaliger, Clément Janequin, Reginald Pole, Robert Recorde, and Johannes Bugenhagen. After him are Anna van Egmont, Macropedius, Francisco de Sá de Miranda, and Caupolicán.

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Among people born in France, Jean Fernel ranks 2,497 out of 6,011Before him are Gaston Paris (1839), Victor-François, 2nd duc de Broglie (1718), Jérôme Pétion de Villeneuve (1756), Claude Rich (1929), Jacques Pills (1906), and Jean Raspail (1925). After him are René Louiche Desfontaines (1750), François-André Vincent (1746), Paschasius Radbertus (792), Michel Gondry (1963), Chilperic II of Burgundy (450), and Pierre Leroux (1797).


Among astronomers born in France, Jean Fernel ranks 19Before him are Nicole-Reine Lepaute (1723), Jean Chacornac (1823), Jean Picard (1620), Auguste Charlois (1864), Dominique, comte de Cassini (1748), and Jean-Louis Pons (1761). After him are Guillaume Le Gentil (1725), Alexis Bouvard (1767), César-François Cassini de Thury (1714), Rudolph Minkowski (1895), Pierre Charles Le Monnier (1715), and Charles Wolf (1827).