Johann Kaspar Lavater

1741 - 1801

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Johann Kaspar (or Caspar) Lavater (Alemannic German: [ˈlɒːv̥ɒtər]; 15 November 1741 – 2 January 1801) was a Swiss poet, writer, philosopher, physiognomist and theologian. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johann Kaspar Lavater has received more than 186,791 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Johann Kaspar Lavater is the 915th most popular writer (down from 787th in 2019), the 91st most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 79th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Swiss Writer.

Johann Kaspar Lavater was a Swiss theologian, poet, and natural scientist. He is most famous for his book "Physiognomy," which deals with the study of the relationship between facial features and character.

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Notable Works

Essays on physiognomy
Over de physiognomie
Vermischte Predigten
Physiognomy; or the corresponding analogy between the conformation of the features, and the ruling passions ofthe mind
Essays on physiognomy for the promotion of the knowledge and the love of mankind
Essays on physiognomy, designed to promote the knowledge and the love of mankind


Among writers, Johann Kaspar Lavater ranks 915 out of 7,302Before him are Abraham Abulafia, Gnaeus Naevius, N. F. S. Grundtvig, Achim von Arnim, L. Ron Hubbard, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko. After him are Anna Seghers, Walter Lippmann, Božena Němcová, Thomas Wolfe, Clifford D. Simak, and Jacques Clément.

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Among people born in 1741, Johann Kaspar Lavater ranks 12Before him are Peter Simon Pallas, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Andrea Luchesi, Benedict Arnold, Jean-Antoine Houdon, and André Grétry. After him are Emperor Momozono, Nicolas Chamfort, Carl Linnaeus the Younger, Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Augustin Barruel, and Aagje Deken. Among people deceased in 1801, Johann Kaspar Lavater ranks 7Before him are Paul I of Russia, Novalis, Archduke Maximilian Francis of Austria, Domenico Cimarosa, Andrea Luchesi, and Benedict Arnold. After him are Charles Louis, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Murad Bey, Carl Stamitz, Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia, Archduchess Maria Clementina of Austria, and Infanta Maria Josefa of Spain.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Johann Kaspar Lavater ranks 91 out of 1,015Before him are Humbert I, Count of Savoy (980), Johann Jakob Bachofen (1815), Roger Federer (1981), Mario Botta (1943), Jean Tinguely (1925), and Gianni Infantino (1970). After him are François Vatel (1631), Louis Agassiz (1807), Brother Roger (1915), Anna Göldi (1734), Albrecht von Haller (1708), and Rudolf II, Duke of Austria (1270).

Among WRITERS In Switzerland

Among writers born in Switzerland, Johann Kaspar Lavater ranks 10Before him are Erich von Däniken (1935), Karl Barth (1886), Robert Walser (1878), Alejo Carpentier (1904), Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784), and Max Frisch (1911). After him are Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (1878), Gottfried Keller (1819), Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908), Blaise Cendrars (1887), Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905), and Alfonsina Storni (1892).