Thomas Browne

1605 - 1682

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Sir Thomas Browne (; 19 October 1605 – 19 October 1682) was an English polymath and author of varied works which reveal his wide learning in diverse fields including science and medicine, religion and the esoteric. His writings display a deep curiosity towards the natural world, influenced by the scientific revolution of Baconian enquiry and are permeated by references to Classical and Biblical sources as well as the idiosyncrasies of his own personality. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Browne has received more than 518,493 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Thomas Browne is the 203rd most popular biologist (up from 221st in 2019), the 1,274th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,307th in 2019) and the 34th most popular British Biologist.

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Among biologists, Thomas Browne ranks 203 out of 844Before him are Gotthelf Fischer von Waldheim, Martin Vahl, César Milstein, Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville, Peter Medawar, and Hideyo Noguchi. After him are Barthélemy Charles Joseph Dumortier, Jérôme Lejeune, Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot, Friedrich Parrot, Carl Ludwig Willdenow, and Leland H. Hartwell.

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Among people born in 1605, Thomas Browne ranks 8Before him are Tianqi Emperor, Adriaen Brouwer, Giacomo Carissimi, Fatma Sultan, Patriarch Nikon of Moscow, and Semyon Dezhnev. After him are Marie de Bourbon, Duchess of Montpensier, George II, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, Simon Dach, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, Antonio Bertali, and Brynjólfur Sveinsson. Among people deceased in 1682, Thomas Browne ranks 14Before him are Jacob Kettler, Alessandro Stradella, Baldassare Longhena, Avvakum, Jean Picard, and Prince Rupert of the Rhine. After him are Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Gu Yanwu, and Heo Mok.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Browne ranks 1,274 out of 6,924Before him are Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1900), Thomas Addison (1793), Dorothy L. Sayers (1893), Martin Freeman (1971), Brian Aldiss (1925), and Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York (1341). After him are Kenneth E. Boulding (1910), Charles Algernon Parsons (1854), Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood (1864), Steven Gerrard (1980), Antony Flew (1923), and David Edward Hughes (1831).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, Thomas Browne ranks 34Before him are Charles Scott Sherrington (1952), Joseph Banks (1743), Henry Walter Bates (1825), Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817), Oldfield Thomas (1858), and John Lindley (1799). After him are John Boyd Orr (1880), John Gould (1804), Arthur Tansley (1871), Rupert Sheldrake (1942), Patrick Geddes (1854), and James Edward Smith (1759).