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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 55,809 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Sendivogius is the 319th most popular chemist (down from 317th in 2019), the 426th most popular biography from Poland (down from 412th in 2019) and the 13th most popular Polish Chemist.

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Among chemists, Sendivogius ranks 319 out of 509Before him are Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac, William Prout, Frances Arnold, François-Marie Raoult, Karl Friedrich Mohr, and Franz-Joseph Müller von Reichenstein. After him are Clemens Winkler, Alexandre-Émile Béguyer de Chancourtois, Anselme Payen, Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge, Kristian Birkeland, and Charles Frédéric Gerhardt.

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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, Jan Jesenius, and Giovanni Baglione. After him are Marie of the Incarnation, Anna Juliana Gonzaga, Charles, Count of Soissons, Joachim Wtewael, Francesco Contarini, and Francesco Erizzo. Among people deceased in 1636, Sendivogius ranks 7Before him are Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Date Masamune, Santorio Santorio, Mulla Sadra, Stefano Maderno, and Dong Qichang. After him are Augustus the Elder, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Iskandar Muda, and Gregorio Fernández.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Sendivogius ranks 426 out of 1,454Before him are Elisabeth Becker (1923), Hans Woellke (1911), Vitello (1230), Bronisław Huberman (1882), Adam Stefan Sapieha (1867), and Duke Louis of Württemberg (1756). After him are Piotr Skarga (1536), Vladimir Chelomey (1914), Mieszko I Tanglefoot (1132), Marcel Reich-Ranicki (1920), Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff (1905), and Israel Joshua Singer (1893).

Among CHEMISTS In Poland

Among chemists born in Poland, Sendivogius ranks 13Before him are Clara Immerwahr (1870), Antoni Grabowski (1857), Casimir Funk (1884), Johann Wilhelm Ritter (1776), Ignacy Mościcki (1867), and Ignacy Łukasiewicz (1822). After him are Fritz London (1900), Richard Abegg (1869), Kazimierz Fajans (1887), Jan Czochralski (1885), Jeremias Benjamin Richter (1762), and Alfred Stock (1876).