Maria Sibylla Merian

1647 - 1717

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Maria Sibylla Merian (2 April 1647 – 13 January 1717) was a German-born Swiss 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 509,313 page views. Her biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Maria Sibylla Merian is the 24th most popular biologist (up from 30th in 2019), the 303rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 363rd 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 24 out of 844Before her are Francis Crick, Thomas Henry Huxley, Thomas Hunt Morgan, Élie Metchnikoff, Trofim Lysenko, and Nikolai Vavilov. After her are Conrad Gessner, Rachel Carson, Karl von Frisch, Yoshinori Ohsumi, Dian Fossey, and Lazzaro Spallanzani.

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Among people born in 1647, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 3Before her are Denis Papin and Pierre Bayle. After her are Margaret Mary Alacoque, John George III, Elector of Saxony, Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark, Suleiman of Persia, Giovanni Ceva, Constantine Phaulkon, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, Elisabeth Hevelius, and Petter Dass. Among people deceased in 1717, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 1After her are Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark, Jeanne Guyon, Samuel Bellamy, Christian II, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, Magnus Stenbock, and Jean Jouvenet.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 303 out of 5,289Before her are Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710), Paul Heyse (1830), Paul Hindemith (1895), Adolf von Baeyer (1835), Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744), and Einhard (770). After her are Heinrich Schütz (1585), Frederick I of Sweden (1676), Heinrich Mann (1871), Ulrike Meinhof (1934), Hans Zimmer (1957), and Baldur von Schirach (1907).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Germany

Among biologists born in Germany, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 2Before her are Ernst Haeckel (1834). After her are Peter Simon Pallas (1741), August Weismann (1834), Harald zur Hausen (1936), Theodor Schwann (1810), Hans Spemann (1869), Albrecht Kossel (1853), Ernst Mayr (1904), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), Johann Friedrich Gmelin (1748), and Julius Richard Petri (1852).