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 51,415 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Sendivogius is the 317th most popular chemist (up from 339th in 2019), the 412th most popular biography from Poland (up from 445th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Polish Chemist.

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Among chemists, Sendivogius ranks 317 out of 510Before him are Richard R. Schrock, Thomas Midgley Jr., Hartmut Michel, Martin Lowry, Charles Friedel, and Franz-Joseph Müller von Reichenstein. After him are Karl Friedrich Mohr, Eilhard Mitscherlich, Jean-Baptiste Boussingault, Lars Fredrik Nilson, Fritz London, and Théophile-Jules Pelouze.

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Among people born in 1566, Sendivogius ranks 11Before him are Isabella Clara Eugenia, Giambattista Basile, Abraham Bloemaert, Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi, Giovanni Baglione, and Jan Jesenius. After him are Anna Juliana Gonzaga, Joachim Wtewael, and Edward Alleyn. Among people deceased in 1636, Sendivogius ranks 5Before him are Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Date Masamune, Mulla Sadra, and Santorio Santorio. After him are Dong Qichang and Gregorio Fernández.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Sendivogius ranks 412 out of 1,231Before him are Pylyp Orlyk (1672), Arthur Zimmermann (1864), Jan Jesenius (1566), Horst Mahler (1936), Theodor Kaluza (1885), and Florian Znaniecki (1882). After him are Janusz Korwin-Mikke (1942), Hans Woellke (1911), Sophia Jagiellon, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1464), Nikita Ivanovich Panin (1718), Israel Joshua Singer (1893), and Peter Lindbergh (1944).

Among CHEMISTS In Poland

Among chemists born in Poland, Sendivogius ranks 14Before him are Konrad Emil Bloch (1912), Johann Wilhelm Ritter (1776), Clara Immerwahr (1870), Ignacy Mościcki (1867), Ignacy Łukasiewicz (1822), and Richard Abegg (1869). After him are Fritz London (1900), Kazimierz Fajans (1887), Jan Czochralski (1885), Jeremias Benjamin Richter (1762), Alfred Stock (1876), and Heinrich Caro (1834).