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Robert Brown

1773 - 1858

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Robert Brown (21 December 1773 – 10 June 1858) was a Scottish botanist and paleobotanist who made important contributions to botany largely through his pioneering use of the microscope. His contributions include one of the earliest detailed descriptions of the cell nucleus and cytoplasmic streaming; the observation of Brownian motion; early work on plant pollination and fertilisation, including being the first to recognise the fundamental difference between gymnosperms and angiosperms; and some of the earliest studies in palynology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Brown has received more than 102,153 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Robert Brown is the 20th most popular biologist (up from 46th in 2019), the 208th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 448th in 2019) and the 6th most popular British Biologist.

Robert Brown is most famous for his discovery of Brownian motion.

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Among biologists, Robert Brown ranks 20 out of 841Before him are Rosalind Franklin, Thomas Hunt Morgan, Alfred Russel Wallace, Richard Dawkins, Georges Cuvier, and Francis Crick. After him are Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Thomas Henry Huxley, Maria Sibylla Merian, Rachel Carson, Élie Metchnikoff, and Trofim Lysenko.

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Among people born in 1773, Robert Brown ranks 4Before him are Klemens von Metternich, Louis Philippe I, and Thomas Young. After him are William Henry Harrison, Ludwig Tieck, Friedrich Mohs, James Mill, Louis I of Etruria, Maria Theresa of Austria-Este, Queen of Sardinia, Aimé Bonpland, and Thérésa Tallien. Among people deceased in 1858, Robert Brown ranks 3Before him are Robert Owen and Joseph Radetzky von Radetz. After him are Rani of Jhansi, Hiroshige, Karl Thomas Mozart, Matthew C. Perry, John Snow, Anton Diabelli, Johannes Peter Müller, Dred Scott, and Hermann Heinrich Gossen.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Robert Brown ranks 208 out of 7,765Before him are Henry III of England (1207), Stan Laurel (1890), Princess Helena of the United Kingdom (1846), Charles II of England (1630), Ecgberht, King of Wessex (800), and Arthur Henderson (1863). After him are Henrietta of England (1644), William Golding (1911), Ken Miles (1918), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), Brian Jones (1942), and C. S. Lewis (1898).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, Robert Brown ranks 6Before him are Charles Darwin (1809), Alexander Fleming (1881), Rosalind Franklin (1920), Alfred Russel Wallace (1823), and Francis Crick (1916). After him are Thomas Henry Huxley (1825), Christian de Duve (1917), Richard Owen (1804), Erasmus Darwin (1731), John Edward Gray (1800), and Philip Miller (1691).