Robert Brown

1773 - 1858

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Robert Brown FRSE FRS FLS MWS (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 84,774 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Robert Brown is the 46th most popular biologist (down from 26th in 2019), the 449th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 300th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Biologist.

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Among biologists, Robert Brown ranks 46 out of 844. Before him are Ada Yonath, Harald zur Hausen, Jean-Henri Fabre, René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, Adelbert von Chamisso, and Erasmus Darwin. After him are Christian de Duve, Theodor Schwann, Hans Spemann, Hugo de Vries, Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, and Albrecht Kossel.

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Among people born in 1773, Robert Brown ranks 7Before him are Klemens von Metternich, Louis Philippe I, William Henry Harrison, Thomas Young, Ludwig Tieck, and Friedrich Mohs. After him are James Mill, Aimé Bonpland, Louis I of Etruria, Jean Charles Léonard de Sismondi, Luisa of Naples and Sicily, and Maria Theresa of Austria-Este, Queen of Sardinia. Among people deceased in 1858, Robert Brown ranks 5Before him are Robert Owen, Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Rani of Jhansi, and Hiroshige. After him are Matthew C. Perry, Karl Thomas Mozart, John Snow, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Johannes Peter Müller, Anton Diabelli, and Dred Scott.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Robert Brown ranks 449 out of 6,924. Before him are William Adams (1564), David Beckham (1975), Gary Moore (1952), Edward the Martyr (962), Charlie Watts (1941), and Henry Every (1659). After him are Stirling Moss (1929), Anthony Burgess (1917), Deborah Kerr (1921), Roger Penrose (1931), Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943), and Æthelflæd (869).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, Robert Brown ranks 9Before him are Alfred Russel Wallace (1823), Rosalind Franklin (1920), Francis Crick (1916), Thomas Henry Huxley (1825), Richard Owen (1804), and Erasmus Darwin (1731). After him are Christian de Duve (1917), John Edward Gray (1800), Philip Miller (1691), Julian Huxley (1887), John Gurdon (1933), and Desmond Morris (1928).