Martin Luther

1483 - 1546

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Martin Luther (; German: [ˈmaʁtiːn ˈlʊtɐ] (listen); 10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German professor of theology, priest, author, composer, former Augustinian monk, and is best known as a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation and as the namesake of Lutheranism. Luther was ordained to the priesthood in 1507. He came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church; in particular, he disputed the view on indulgences. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin Luther has received more than 13,251,170 page views. His biography is available in 168 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 163 in 2019). Martin Luther is the 3rd most popular religious figure, the 4th most popular biography from Germany and the most popular German Religious Figure.

Martin Luther was a German monk who was an early leader in the Protestant Reformation. He is most famous for his 95 Theses, which he nailed to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany.

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Among religious figures, Martin Luther ranks 3 out of 2,272Before him are Muhammad and Jesus. After him are Moses, Abraham, Mary, mother of Jesus, Saint Peter, Paul the Apostle, Pope Francis, John the Baptist, Zoroaster, and Pope John Paul II.

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Among people born in 1483, Martin Luther ranks 1After him are Raphael, Babur, Francesco Guicciardini, Francisco de Vitoria, Ayas Mehmed Pasha, Paolo Giovio, Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, Felice della Rovere, Gasparo Contarini, and Nicolaus von Amsdorf. Among people deceased in 1546, Martin Luther ranks 1After him are Hayreddin Barbarossa, Francisco de Orellana, Giulio Romano, Meera, Francisco de Vitoria, Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Étienne Dolet, Petru Rareș, Isabella di Morra, and Ernest I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

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Among people born in Germany, Martin Luther ranks 4 out of 5,289Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven (1770), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685), and Albert Einstein (1879). After him are Karl Marx (1818), Johannes Gutenberg (1394), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Albrecht Dürer (1471), Otto von Bismarck (1815), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), and Richard Wagner (1813).


Among religious figures born in Germany, Martin Luther ranks 1After him are Pope Benedict XVI (1927), Hildegard of Bingen (1098), Albertus Magnus (1206), Pope Joan (null), Philip Melanchthon (1497), Ambrose (340), Pope Clement II (1005), Thomas à Kempis (1380), Bruno of Cologne (1030), Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774), and Pope Victor II (1018).