Theodor Schwann

1810 - 1882

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Theodor Schwann (German pronunciation: [ˈteːodoːɐ̯ ˈʃvan]; 7 December 1810 – 11 January 1882) was a German physician and physiologist. His most significant contribution to biology is considered to be the extension of cell theory to animals. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Theodor Schwann has received more than 893,930 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Theodor Schwann is the 29th most popular biologist (up from 32nd in 2019), the 354th most popular biography from Germany (down from 345th in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Biologist.

Theodor Schwann is most famous for his work on the cell theory and discovering that cells are the basic unit of life.

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Among biologists, Theodor Schwann ranks 29 out of 1,097Before him are Maria Sibylla Merian, Conrad Gessner, Jules Bordet, Rachel Carson, Yoshinori Ohsumi, and Katherine Oppenheimer. After him are Ada Yonath, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Barbara McClintock, Albrecht Kossel, Charles Richet, and Matthias Jakob Schleiden.

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Among people born in 1810, Theodor Schwann ranks 6Before him are Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Pope Leo XIII, Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, and P. T. Barnum. After him are Alfred de Musset, Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, Éliphas Lévi, Alexandre Colonna-Walewski, Ferdinand Philippe, Duke of Orléans, and Ernst Kummer. Among people deceased in 1882, Theodor Schwann ranks 6Before him are Charles Darwin, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Friedrich Wöhler, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Arthur de Gobineau. After him are Jesse James, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Bruno Bauer, William Stanley Jevons, Francesco Hayez, and Léon Gambetta.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Theodor Schwann ranks 354 out of 7,253Before him are Martin Niemöller (1892), Katherine Oppenheimer (1910), Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria (1808), Ulrike Meinhof (1934), Emil Kraepelin (1856), and Thomas à Kempis (1380). After him are Otto Dix (1891), Ludwig III of Bavaria (1845), Christian V of Denmark (1646), Paul Hindemith (1895), Alexander Grothendieck (1928), and Heinrich Schütz (1585).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Germany

Among biologists born in Germany, Theodor Schwann ranks 4Before him are Ernst Haeckel (1834), Maria Sibylla Merian (1647), and Katherine Oppenheimer (1910). After him are Albrecht Kossel (1853), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), Harald zur Hausen (1936), Hans Spemann (1869), Peter Simon Pallas (1741), August Weismann (1834), Ernst Mayr (1904), and Bernard Katz (1911).