Vladimir Vernadsky

1863 - 1945

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Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky, also spelt Volodymyr Ivanovych Vernadsky (Russian: Владимир Иванович Вернадский, Ukrainian: Володимир Іванович Вернадський; 12 March [O.S. 28 February] 1863 – 6 January 1945) was a Russian, Ukrainian, and Soviet mineralogist and geochemist who is considered one of the founders of geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and radiogeology. He was one of the founders and the first president of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (now National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine). Vladimir Vernadsky is most noted for his 1926 book The Biosphere in which he inadvertently worked to popularize Eduard Suess' 1875 term biosphere, by hypothesizing that life is the geological force that shapes the earth. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vladimir Vernadsky has received more than 354,045 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Vladimir Vernadsky is the 41st most popular biologist (up from 53rd in 2019), the 169th most popular biography from Russia (up from 201st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Russian Biologist.

Vladimir Vernadsky is most famous for his concept of the biosphere, which he defined as the sum of all the living things on Earth and the processes that sustain them.

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Among biologists, Vladimir Vernadsky ranks 41 out of 1,097Before him are Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Harald zur Hausen, Dian Fossey, Karl von Frisch, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, and Lazzaro Spallanzani. After him are Karl Ernst von Baer, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Christian de Duve, Hans Spemann, Peter Simon Pallas, and Richard Owen.

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Among people born in 1863, Vladimir Vernadsky ranks 16Before him are Pietro Mascagni, Henry van de Velde, David Lloyd George, Constantine P. Cavafy, Carlos I of Portugal, and George Herbert Mead. After him are Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, Joaquín Sorolla, Wilhelm Marx, Austen Chamberlain, Alexandre Yersin, and Gaston Doumergue. Among people deceased in 1945, Vladimir Vernadsky ranks 43Before him are Hans Krebs, Roland Freisler, Giovanni Agnelli, Friedrich Fromm, Francis William Aston, and Ernst Busch. After him are Franz Werfel, Oskar Dirlewanger, Josef Kramer, Hans Geiger, Wilhelm Burgdorf, and Robert Ritter von Greim.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Vladimir Vernadsky ranks 169 out of 3,761Before him are Stenka Razin (1630), Ivan Shishkin (1832), Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich of Russia (1779), El Lissitzky (1890), Grand Duchess Anna Petrovna of Russia (1708), and Alexei Navalny (1976). After him are Johannes Blaskowitz (1883), Alexei Leonov (1934), Pavel Cherenkov (1904), Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (1946), Öz Beg Khan (1282), and Andrey Vlasov (1901).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Russia

Among biologists born in Russia, Vladimir Vernadsky ranks 2Before him are Ivan Pavlov (1849). After him are Nikolai Vavilov (1887), Alexander Oparin (1894), Dmitri Ivanovsky (1864), Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin (1855), Nikolay Pirogov (1810), Vladimir Demikhov (1916), Nikolai Severtzov (1827), Alexander von Middendorff (1815), Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov (1870), and Kliment Timiryazev (1843).