Joseph Pitton de Tournefort

1656 - 1708

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Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (5 June 1656 – 28 December 1708) was a French botanist, notable as the first to make a clear definition of the concept of genus for plants. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Pitton de Tournefort has received more than 83,152 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Joseph Pitton de Tournefort is the 77th most popular biologist (up from 80th in 2019), the 955th most popular biography from France (down from 883rd in 2019) and the 14th most popular French Biologist.

Joseph Pitton de Tournefort was a botanist who is most famous for his work in classifying plants. He is also credited with inventing the terms "family," "genus," and "species."

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Among biologists, Joseph Pitton de Tournefort ranks 77 out of 844Before him are Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Martinus Beijerinck, Gabriele Falloppio, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Hermann Joseph Muller, and Lynn Margulis. After him are Johann Friedrich Gmelin, Irwin Rose, Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, Daniel Bovet, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, and Carolus Clusius.

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Among people born in 1656, Joseph Pitton de Tournefort ranks 5Before him are Edmond Halley, Marin Marais, Ulrika Eleonora of Denmark, and Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. After him are Anton Florian, Prince of Liechtenstein, Nicolas de Largillière, Robert de Cotte, Guillaume Dubois, Kateri Tekakwitha, Ferdinand de Marsin, and Guru Har Krishan. Among people deceased in 1708, Joseph Pitton de Tournefort ranks 2Before him is Jules Hardouin-Mansart. After him are Olympia Mancini, Countess of Soissons, Guru Gobind Singh, Prince George of Denmark, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, Hedvig Sophia of Sweden, Seki Takakazu, Ferdinando Carlo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat, John Blow, Ludolf Bakhuizen, and Adolphus Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

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In France

Among people born in France, Joseph Pitton de Tournefort ranks 955 out of 5,234Before him are Robert I, Duke of Burgundy (1011), Charles III, Duke of Savoy (1486), Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813), René Cassin (1887), Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona (1114), and Claude Perrault (1613). After him are Christophe Plantin (1520), Francis Phoebus of Navarre (1467), François l'Olonnais (1635), Louis Jacques Thénard (1777), Wilfred the Hairy (840), and Theodore Beza (1519).

Among BIOLOGISTS In France

Among biologists born in France, Joseph Pitton de Tournefort ranks 14Before him are Adelbert von Chamisso (1781), François Jacob (1920), Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (1947), André Michel Lwoff (1902), and Charles Lucien Bonaparte (1803). After him are Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1748), Carolus Clusius (1525), Pierre André Latreille (1762), Aimé Bonpland (1773), Antoine-Augustin Parmentier (1737), and Armand David (1826).