Maria Sibylla Merian

1647 - 1717

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Maria Sibylla Merian (2 April 1647 – 13 January 1717) was a German entomologist, naturalist and scientific illustrator. She was one of the earliest European naturalists to document observations about insects directly. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maria Sibylla Merian has received more than 650,328 page views. Her biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Maria Sibylla Merian is the 23rd most popular biologist (down from 22nd in 2019), the 286th most popular biography from Germany (down from 257th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Biologist.

Maria Sibylla Merian was a German-born naturalist and artist. She is most famous for her detailed paintings of insects and plants, and she was the first woman to publish a book of illustrations of insects.

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Over the past year Maria Sibylla Merian has had the most page views in the with 84,721 views, followed by German (53,263), and Spanish (24,565). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Latin (86.23%), Kannada (67.72%), and North Frisian (53.91%)


Among biologists, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 23 out of 1,097Before her are Thomas Henry Huxley, Élie Metchnikoff, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Luc Montagnier, Robert Brown, and Richard Dawkins. After her are Conrad Gessner, Jules Bordet, Rachel Carson, Yoshinori Ohsumi, Katherine Oppenheimer, and Theodor Schwann.

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Among people born in 1647, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 2Before her is Denis Papin. After her are Pierre Bayle, Margaret Mary Alacoque, John George III, Elector of Saxony, Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark, Suleiman of Persia, Giovanni Ceva, Frederick VII, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, Elisabeth Hevelius, Constantine Phaulkon, and William Louis, Duke of Württemberg. Among people deceased in 1717, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 1After her are Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark, Samuel Bellamy, Jeanne Guyon, Christian II, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, Anna Leszczyńska, Magnus Stenbock, Nicolaes Witsen, Jean Jouvenet, Abraham Darby I, and Abdul Aziz Hotak.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 286 out of 7,253Before her are Anton Drexler (1884), Athanasius Kircher (1602), Klaus Barbie (1913), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945), Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg (1868), and Frederick V of the Palatinate (1596). After her are Irma Grese (1923), Carl Zeiss (1816), Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804), Ernst Ruska (1906), Wilhelm Grimm (1786), and Hans Memling (1435).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Germany

Among biologists born in Germany, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 2Before her are Ernst Haeckel (1834). After her are Katherine Oppenheimer (1910), Theodor Schwann (1810), Albrecht Kossel (1853), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), Harald zur Hausen (1936), Hans Spemann (1869), Peter Simon Pallas (1741), August Weismann (1834), Ernst Mayr (1904), and Bernard Katz (1911).