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Maria Reiche

1903 - 1998

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Maria Reiche Grosse-Neumann (15 May 1903 – 8 June 1998) was a German-born Peruvian mathematician, archaeologist, and technical translator. She is known for her research into the Nazca Lines, which she first saw in 1941 together with American historian Paul Kosok. Known as the "Lady of the Lines", Reiche made the documentation, preservation and public dissemination of the Nazca Lines her life's work.She was widely recognized as the curator of the lines and lived nearby to protect them. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maria Reiche has received more than 418,041 page views. Her biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Maria Reiche is the 180th most popular mathematician (up from 224th in 2019), the 1,164th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,410th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular German Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Maria Reiche ranks 180 out of 823Before her are Mikhail Ostrogradsky, Ernst Kummer, Abu Maʿshar, Michael Atiyah, Jean-Pierre Serre, and Camille Jordan. After her are Étienne-Louis Malus, Theaetetus, Ibn Yunus, Paul Guldin, Vladimir Arnold, and Al-Karaji.

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Among people born in 1903, Maria Reiche ranks 62Before her are Prince Charles, Count of Flanders, Vincente Minnelli, Waldemar Hoven, Erskine Caldwell, Giulio Natta, and Raymond Radiguet. After her are Aleksei N. Leontiev, Maud Lewis, Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark, Abul A'la Maududi, Ernest Walton, and Fritz Bauer. Among people deceased in 1998, Maria Reiche ranks 38Before her are Alan J. Pakula, David McClelland, André Weil, Otto Wichterle, Linda McCartney, and Florence Griffith Joyner. After her are Derek Barton, Ernst-Günther Schenck, Nelson Goodman, Imi Lichtenfeld, Lloyd Bridges, and Nizar Qabbani.

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Among people born in Germany, Maria Reiche ranks 1,164 out of 6,142Before her are Thea von Harbou (1888), Johann Christoph Adelung (1732), Johann Elert Bode (1747), Joseph Süß Oppenheimer (1698), Christian Gottlob Neefe (1748), and Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (1709). After her are Anne Catherine of Brandenburg (1575), Frederica Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt (1751), Albert of Riga (1165), Countess Palatine Maria Franziska of Sulzbach (1724), Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1912), and Theobald Boehm (1794).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Maria Reiche ranks 23Before her are Hermann Weyl (1885), Ferdinand von Lindemann (1852), Robert Aumann (1930), Johannes Trithemius (1462), Ernst Zermelo (1871), and Hermann of Reichenau (1013). After her are Constantin Carathéodory (1873), Ferdinand Georg Frobenius (1849), Thomas Abbt (1738), Eduard Heine (1821), Michael Stifel (1487), and Andreas Osiander (1498).