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 64,759 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia. Jean Fernel is the 191st most popular astronomer (up from 244th in 2019), the 2,437th most popular biography from France (up from 2,545th in 2019) and the 19th most popular French Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Jean Fernel ranks 191 out of 532Before him are Walter Lewin, Oskar Backlund, Maria Margaretha Kirch, John Bevis, Mariam al-Asturlabi, and James Glaisher. After him are Bertil Lindblad, Eleanor F. Helin, Yrjö Väisälä, Otto Struve, Wilhelm von Biela, and Cleostratus.

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Among people born in 1497, Jean Fernel ranks 7Before him are Philip Melanchthon, Hans Holbein the Younger, Beyhan Sultan, Pedro de Valdivia, Mōri Motonari, and Emperor Go-Nara. After him are Ernest I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Stephen Gardiner. Among people deceased in 1558, Jean Fernel ranks 11Before him are Eleanor of Austria, Julius Caesar Scaliger, Clément Janequin, Robert Recorde, Johannes Bugenhagen, and Reginald Pole. After him is Francisco de Sá de Miranda.

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Among people born in France, Jean Fernel ranks 2,437 out of 5,234Before him are Germain Pilon (1525), Louis Massignon (1883), Adolphe-Théodore Brongniart (1801), André Téchiné (1943), Jean François de Troy (1679), and Amandus (600). After him are Daniel Buren (1938), Christian Boltanski (1944), Raymond Duchamp-Villon (1876), Rudi Garcia (1964), Herleva (1003), and Pierre Pflimlin (1907).


Among astronomers born in France, Jean Fernel ranks 19Before him are Auguste Charlois (1864), Bernard Lyot (1897), Guillaume Le Gentil (1725), Jean Chacornac (1823), Nicole-Reine Lepaute (1723), and Dominique, comte de Cassini (1748). After him are César-François Cassini de Thury (1714), Jérôme Eugène Coggia (1849), Alexis Bouvard (1767), Pierre Charles Le Monnier (1715), André-Louis Danjon (1890), and Benjamin Baillaud (1848).