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Johannes Trithemius

1462 - 1516

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Johannes Trithemius (; 1 February 1462 – 13 December 1516), born Johann Heidenberg, was a German Benedictine abbot and a polymath who was active in the German Renaissance as a lexicographer, chronicler, cryptographer, and occultist. He is considered the founder of modern cryptography (a claim shared with Leon Battista Alberti) and steganography, as well as the founder of bibliography and literary studies as branches of knowledge. He had considerable influence on the development of early modern and modern occultism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johannes Trithemius has received more than 250,093 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia. Johannes Trithemius is the 140th most popular mathematician (down from 137th in 2019), the 863rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 813th in 2019) and the 20th most popular German Mathematician.

Johannes Trithemius is most famous for his book Polygraphiae which is a book about cryptography.

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Among mathematicians, Johannes Trithemius ranks 140 out of 823Before him are Jacques Hadamard, Joseph Liouville, Giambattista della Porta, William Oughtred, Vincenzo Viviani, and Robert Aumann. After him are Arthur Cayley, Sophus Lie, James Joseph Sylvester, Felix Hausdorff, Stanislaw Ulam, and Aleksandr Lyapunov.

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Among people born in 1462, Johannes Trithemius ranks 5Before him are Louis XII of France, Piero di Cosimo, Joanna la Beltraneja, and Pietro Pomponazzi. After him are Mihnea cel Rău, Alexander, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken, Pietro Lando, John de la Pole, 1st Earl of Lincoln, and Edzard I, Count of East Frisia. Among people deceased in 1516, Johannes Trithemius ranks 6Before him are Hieronymus Bosch, Ferdinand II of Aragon, Giovanni Bellini, Vladislaus II of Hungary, and Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours. After him are Juan Díaz de Solís, Giuliano da Sangallo, John III of Navarre, Al-Ashraf Qansuh al-Ghuri, Jacopo de' Barbari, and Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio.

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Among people born in Germany, Johannes Trithemius ranks 863 out of 6,142Before him are Joseph Berchtold (1897), Roland Emmerich (1955), Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche (1846), Viktor Lutze (1890), Paul Schäfer (1921), and Robert Aumann (1930). After him are Gustav Ritter von Kahr (1862), Carl von Linde (1842), Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777), Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse (1868), Heinrich Louis d'Arrest (1822), and Moses Hess (1812).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Johannes Trithemius ranks 20Before him are Felix Klein (1849), Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi (1804), Christopher Clavius (1538), Hermann Weyl (1885), Ferdinand von Lindemann (1852), and Robert Aumann (1930). After him are Ernst Zermelo (1871), Hermann of Reichenau (1013), Maria Reiche (1903), Constantin Carathéodory (1873), Ferdinand Georg Frobenius (1849), and Thomas Abbt (1738).