1566 - 1636

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Michael Sendivogius (; Polish: Michał Sędziwój; 2 February 1566 – 1636) was a Polish alchemist, philosopher, and medical doctor. A pioneer of chemistry, he developed ways of purification and creation of various acids, metals and other chemical compounds. He discovered that air is not a single substance and contains a life-giving substance—later called oxygen—170 years before Scheele's discovery of the element. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sendivogius has received more than 58,777 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Sendivogius is the 323rd most popular chemist (down from 319th in 2019), the 427th most popular biography from Poland (down from 426th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Polish Chemist.

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Over the past year Sendivogius has had the most page views in the with 14,352 views, followed by English (2,838), and Czech (2,445). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Portuguese (106.05%), Occitan (99.21%), and Turkish (79.67%)


Among chemists, Sendivogius ranks 323 out of 602Before him are Edward Frankland, M. Stanley Whittingham, Clemens Winkler, Louis E. Brus, Charles Friedel, and Richard J. Roberts. After him are Franz-Joseph Müller von Reichenstein, Alexandre Brongniart, Frances Arnold, Victor Goldschmidt, François-Marie Raoult, and Jean Stas.

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Among people born in 1566, Sendivogius ranks 9Before him are James VI and I, Carlo Gesualdo, Isabella Clara Eugenia, Giambattista Basile, Abraham Bloemaert, and Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi. After him are Giovanni Baglione, Jan Jesenius, Christian, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Francesco Erizzo, Marie of the Incarnation, and Anna Juliana Gonzaga. Among people deceased in 1636, Sendivogius ranks 6Before him are Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Date Masamune, Santorio Santorio, Mulla Sadra, and Dong Qichang. After him are Stefano Maderno, Iskandar Muda, Augustus the Elder, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, John Albert II, Gregorio Fernández, and Barbara Sophie of Brandenburg.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Sendivogius ranks 427 out of 1,694Before him are Josef Hofmann (1876), Walerian Borowczyk (1923), Alexandre Tansman (1897), Eleonore Reuss of Köstritz (1860), Vitello (1230), and Jerzy Hoffman (1932). After him are Uri Orlev (1931), Anna Leszczyńska (1699), Andrew Bobola (1591), Christoph Eschenbach (1940), Countess Palatine Elisabeth Auguste Sofie of Neuburg (1693), and Beata Szydło (1963).

Among CHEMISTS In Poland

Among chemists born in Poland, Sendivogius ranks 14Before him are Clara Immerwahr (1870), Ignacy Mościcki (1867), Johann Wilhelm Ritter (1776), Ignacy Łukasiewicz (1822), Antoni Grabowski (1857), and Richard Abegg (1869). After him are Fritz London (1900), Hugo Erdmann (1862), Kazimierz Fajans (1887), Jan Czochralski (1885), Jeremias Benjamin Richter (1762), and Alfred Stock (1876).