Maria Sibylla Merian

1647 - 1717

Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian (2 April 1647 – 13 January 1717) was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, a descendant of the Frankfurt branch of the Swiss Merian family. Merian was one of the first European naturalists to observe insects directly. Merian received her artistic training from her stepfather, Jacob Marrel, a student of the still life painter Georg Flegel. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maria Sibylla Merian has received more than 361,781 page views. Her biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 30th most popular biologist.

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Among biologists, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 30 out of 686Before her are Trofim Lysenko, Yoshinori Ohsumi, Robert Brown, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Jules Bordet, and Charles Richet. After her are Karl Ernst von Baer, Ada Yonath, Luc Montagnier, Karl von Frisch, Nikolaas Tinbergen, and Barbara McClintock.

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

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Maria Sibylla Merian ranks 363 out of 3,763Before her are Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria (1808), Simone Signoret (1921), Hans Adolf Krebs (1900), Jean Paul (1763), August von Mackensen (1849), and Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170). After her are Niklas Luhmann (1927), Georg von Küchler (1881), Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1691), Jürgen Klopp (1967), Franz Boas (1858), and Louis the Child (893).

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), Hans Spemann (1869), Harald zur Hausen (1936), August Weismann (1834), Albrecht Kossel (1853), Theodor Schwann (1810), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), Ernst Mayr (1904), Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg (1795), and Johann Friedrich Gmelin (1748).

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