Martin Behaim

1459 - 1507

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Martin Behaim (6 October 1459 – 29 July 1507), also known as Martin von Behaim and by various forms of Martin of Bohemia, was a German textile merchant and cartographer. He served John II of Portugal as an adviser in matters of navigation and participated in a voyage to West Africa. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin Behaim has received more than 157,064 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia. Martin Behaim is the 40th most popular explorer (down from 39th in 2019), the 366th most popular biography from Germany (up from 390th in 2019) and the most popular German Explorer.

Martin Behaim is most famous for inventing the first globe.

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Among explorers, Martin Behaim ranks 40 out of 405Before him are Francisco de Orellana, Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, Pytheas, Jan van Riebeeck, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, and Ingólfr Arnarson. After him are Antonio Pigafetta, Giovanni da Verrazzano, Jacob Roggeveen, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Zhang Qian, and Robert Falcon Scott.

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Among people born in 1459, Martin Behaim ranks 4Before him are Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, Pope Adrian VI, and Muhammad XII of Granada. After him are Sultan Cem, Lorenzo di Credi, Jakob Fugger, Charles, Count of Angoulême, John I Albert, Cima da Conegliano, Hersekzade Ahmed Pasha, and Conrad Celtes. Among people deceased in 1507, Martin Behaim ranks 2Before him is Cesare Borgia. After him are Gentile Bellini, Francis of Paola, and Cosimo Rosselli.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Martin Behaim ranks 366 out of 5,289Before him are Werner Herzog (1942), Maximilian II of Bavaria (1811), Franz Halder (1884), Ernst Ruska (1906), Carl Bosch (1874), and Georg von Küchler (1881). After him are Louis the Child (893), Walther von Reichenau (1884), Regiomontanus (1436), Heinrich von Kleist (1777), Paul Hausser (1880), and Hans Fritzsche (1900).

Among EXPLORERS In Germany

Among explorers born in Germany, Martin Behaim ranks 1After him are Carsten Niebuhr (1733), Heinrich Barth (1821), Adam Olearius (1603), Hans Staden (1525), Philip Johan von Strahlenberg (1676), Duke Adolf Friedrich of Mecklenburg (1873), Gustav Nachtigal (1834), John Sutter (1803), Julius Klaproth (1783), Nikolaus Federmann (1505), and Wilhelm Filchner (1877).