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Ludwig von Bertalanffy

1901 - 1972

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Karl Ludwig von Bertalanffy (19 September 1901 – 12 June 1972) was an Austrian biologist known as one of the founders of general systems theory (GST). This is an interdisciplinary practice that describes systems with interacting components, applicable to biology, cybernetics and other fields. Bertalanffy proposed that the classical laws of thermodynamics might be applied to closed systems, but not necessarily to "open systems" such as living things. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ludwig von Bertalanffy has received more than 401,379 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia. Ludwig von Bertalanffy is the 104th most popular biologist (down from 95th in 2019), the 246th most popular biography from Austria (down from 225th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Austrian Biologist.

Ludwig von Bertalanffy is most famous for his general systems theory. This theory is a way of understanding the relationship between the different levels of organization in a system.

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Among biologists, Ludwig von Bertalanffy ranks 104 out of 841Before him are Martinus Beijerinck, Günter Blobel, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Sylvia Earle, Julius Richard Petri, and Aaron Ciechanover. After him are Christiaan Hendrik Persoon, George Davis Snell, Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, Sydney Brenner, John Ray, and Giovanni Sartori.

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Among people born in 1901, Ludwig von Bertalanffy ranks 58Before him are Itzhak Stern, Charles Brenton Huggins, Alice Prin, Walter Hallstein, José Leandro Andrade, and Paul Lazarsfeld. After him are Erhard Heiden, Princess Sophie of Hohenberg, Luis Monti, Milada Horáková, Vasili Kuznetsov, and Rudolf Slánský. Among people deceased in 1972, Ludwig von Bertalanffy ranks 33Before him are Asta Nielsen, Georg von Békésy, Ferdinand Čatloš, Margaret Rutherford, Jackie Robinson, and Emil Maurice. After him are Henri Coandă, Karl Silberbauer, Natalie Clifford Barney, Fredric Brown, Lale Andersen, and Bronislava Nijinska.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Ludwig von Bertalanffy ranks 246 out of 1,237Before him are Paul Lazarsfeld (1901), Walter Nowotny (1920), Leopold VI, Duke of Austria (1176), Karl Lueger (1844), Maria Leopoldine of Austria (1632), and Claudia Felicitas of Austria (1653). After him are Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria (1610), Franz Xaver Gruber (1787), Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria (1818), Paul Ehrenfest (1880), Franz Grillparzer (1791), and Maria Altmann (1916).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Austria

Among biologists born in Austria, Ludwig von Bertalanffy ranks 4Before him are Karl Landsteiner (1868), Konrad Lorenz (1903), and Karl von Frisch (1886). After him are Joy Adamson (1910), Erich von Tschermak (1871), Othenio Abel (1875), Clemens von Pirquet (1874), Leopold Fitzinger (1802), Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti (1735), Franz Unger (1800), and Ignaz Schiffermüller (1727).