Michael Servetus

1509 - 1553

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Michael Servetus (; Spanish: Miguel Serveto as real name; French: Michel Servet; also known as Miguel Servet, Miguel de Villanueva, Revés, or Michel de Villeneuve; 29 September 1509 or 1511 – 27 October 1553) was a Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer, and Renaissance humanist. He was the first European to correctly describe the function of pulmonary circulation, as discussed in Christianismi Restitutio (1553). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Servetus has received more than 689,122 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 56 in 2019). Michael Servetus is the 19th most popular physician (up from 22nd in 2019), the 57th most popular biography from Spain (up from 60th in 2019) and the most popular Physician.

Michael Servetus was a Spanish physician and theologian who was born in 1511. He is most famous for his work on pulmonary circulation, which he published in 1553.

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Among physicians, Michael Servetus ranks 19 out of 502Before him are William Harvey, Li Ching-Yuen, Cyril of Alexandria, Cesare Lombroso, Ignaz Semmelweis, and Alois Alzheimer. After him are Nestorius, Pedanius Dioscorides, Jacques Rogge, Rudolf Virchow, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, and Polycarp.

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Among people born in 1509, Michael Servetus ranks 2Before him is John Calvin. After him are Şah Sultan, Daniele da Volterra, Fernão Mendes Pinto, John of Leiden, Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, Jan Matsys, Bernardino Telesio, Ippolito II d'Este, Étienne Dolet, and Luis de Morales. Among people deceased in 1553, Michael Servetus ranks 6Before him are Şehzade Mustafa, Edward VI of England, François Rabelais, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and Şehzade Cihangir. After him are Pedro de Valdivia, Charles III, Duke of Savoy, Girolamo Fracastoro, Maurice, Elector of Saxony, John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, and Sinan Pasha.

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Among people born in Spain, Michael Servetus ranks 57 out of 2,932Before him are Maria Theresa of Spain (1638), Tomás de Torquemada (1420), Quintilian (35), Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617), Ramon Llull (1232), and Francisco de Zurbarán (1598). After him are Abd al-Rahman III (889), Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600), Jusepe de Ribera (1591), Bartolomé de las Casas (1484), Isabella II of Spain (1830), and Plácido Domingo (1941).


Among physicians born in Spain, Michael Servetus ranks 1After him are Al-Zahrawi (936), Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852), Ibn Zuhr (1091), Joseph Calasanz (1556), Severo Ochoa (1905), Leander of Seville (534), Hasdai ibn Shaprut (910), Nicolás Monardes (1508), Gregorio Marañón (1887), Fernando Quiroga Palacios (1900), and Fidel Pagés (1886).