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Martin Luther

1483 - 1546

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Martin Luther (; German: [ˈmaʁtiːn ˈlʊtɐ] ; 10 November 1483– 18 February 1546) was a German priest, theologian, author, hymnwriter, professor, and Augustinian friar. He was the seminal figure of the Protestant Reformation, and his theological beliefs form the basis of Lutheranism. Luther was ordained to the priesthood in 1507. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin Luther has received more than 17,443,164 page views. His biography is available in 173 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 168 in 2019). Martin Luther is the 4th most popular religious figure (down from 3rd in 2019), 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 4 out of 2,238Before him are Muhammad, Jesus, and Moses. After him are Abraham, Mary, mother of Jesus, Pope Francis, Paul the Apostle, Solomon, Saint Peter, John the Baptist, and Zoroaster.

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

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Among people born in Germany, Martin Luther ranks 4 out of 6,142Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven (1770), Albert Einstein (1879), and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685). After him are Karl Marx (1818), Charlemagne (748), Johannes Gutenberg (1394), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Johannes Kepler (1571), and Otto von Bismarck (1815).


Among religious figures born in Germany, Martin Luther ranks 1After him are Pope Benedict XVI (1927), Hildegard of Bingen (1098), Albertus Magnus (1206), Ambrose (340), Pope Joan (null), Philip Melanchthon (1497), Pope Clement II (1005), Pope Damasus II (1000), Thomas à Kempis (1380), Bruno of Cologne (1030), and Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774).