Jean Nicot

1530 - 1605

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Jean Nicot de Villemain (French: [ʒɑ̃ niko də vilmɛ̃]; 1530 – May 4, 1604) was a French diplomat and scholar. He is famous for being the first to bring tobacco to France, including snuff tobacco. Nicotine is named after the tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum, which in turn is named after Jean Nicot de Villemain, who sent tobacco and seeds to Paris in 1560, presented it to the French King, and who promoted their medicinal use. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Nicot has received more than 102,153 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Jean Nicot is the 77th most popular physician (up from 94th in 2019), the 705th most popular biography from France (up from 744th in 2019) and the 13th most popular French Physician.

Jean Nicot was a French diplomat and scholar who introduced tobacco to France in 1560.

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Among physicians, Jean Nicot ranks 77 out of 509Before him are Albert Szent-Györgyi, Otto Fritz Meyerhof, Aribert Heim, Hans Selye, Herophilos, and Selman Waksman. After him are Cornelius Jansen, Hans Asperger, Jonas Salk, Elias Lönnrot, Jang-geum, and Johannes Fibiger.

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Among people born in 1530, Jean Nicot ranks 6Before him are Ivan the Terrible, Jean Bodin, Étienne de La Boétie, Louis, Prince of Condé, and Uesugi Kenshin. After him are Anastasia Romanovna, Yasuke, Ruy López de Segura, Jan Kochanowski, Christopher Báthory, and Johann Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Weimar. Among people deceased in 1605, Jean Nicot ranks 7Before him are Akbar, Pope Clement VIII, Pope Leo XI, Boris Godunov, Handan Sultan, and Feodor II of Russia. After him are John Davis, Theodore Beza, Ulisse Aldrovandi, Naresuan, Johann II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and Robert Catesby.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean Nicot ranks 705 out of 5,234Before him are Louise of Savoy (1476), Antoine François Prévost (1697), Charles de Foucauld (1858), Louise of Lorraine (1553), François Mansart (1598), and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824). After him are Sigismund of Burgundy (500), Pierre Loti (1850), François Ravaillac (1578), François Darlan (1881), Richard II, Duke of Normandy (963), and Charles III, Duke of Bourbon (1490).

Among PHYSICIANS In France

Among physicians born in France, Jean Nicot ranks 13Before him are Ambroise Paré (1510), Philippe Pinel (1745), René Laennec (1781), Karl Brandt (1904), Louis Auguste Blanqui (1805), and Hilary of Poitiers (315). After him are Charles Nicolle (1866), Albert Calmette (1863), Marie François Xavier Bichat (1771), Guy de Chauliac (1300), Jean Dausset (1916), and Jean Marc Gaspard Itard (1774).