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Maria Sibylla Merian

1647 - 1717

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

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maria Sibylla Merian has received more than 546,220 page views. Her biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Maria Sibylla Merian is the 23rd most popular biologist (up from 24th in 2019), the 257th most popular biography from Germany (up from 303rd 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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Among biologists, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 23 out of 841Before her are Richard Dawkins, Georges Cuvier, Francis Crick, Robert Brown, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, and Thomas Henry Huxley. After her are Rachel Carson, Élie Metchnikoff, Trofim Lysenko, Barbara McClintock, Conrad Gessner, and Jules Bordet.

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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, Suleiman of Persia, Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark, Giovanni Ceva, Constantine Phaulkon, Frederick VII, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, and Elisabeth Hevelius. Among people deceased in 1717, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 1After her are Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark, Jeanne Guyon, Samuel Bellamy, Anna Leszczyńska, Christian II, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, Magnus Stenbock, Nicolaes Witsen, Jean Jouvenet, and Abdul Aziz Hotak.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 257 out of 6,142Before her are Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (1887), Elizabeth Charlotte, Madame Palatine (1652), Max Stirner (1806), Julius Streicher (1885), Helmut Schmidt (1918), and Justus von Liebig (1803). After her are Adolf von Baeyer (1835), Carl Schmitt (1888), Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg (1620), Heinrich von Kleist (1777), Klaus Barbie (1913), and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria (1808).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Germany

Among biologists born in Germany, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 2Before her are Ernst Haeckel (1834). After her are Theodor Schwann (1810), Harald zur Hausen (1936), Albrecht Kossel (1853), August Weismann (1834), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), Hans Spemann (1869), Peter Simon Pallas (1741), Ernst Mayr (1904), Bernard Katz (1911), and Julius Richard Petri (1852).