Vladimir Vernadsky

1863 - 1945

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Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (Russian: Влади́мир Ива́нович Верна́дский) or Volodymyr Ivanovych Vernadsky (Ukrainian: Володи́мир Іва́нович Верна́дський; 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.During the Russian Civil War he was elected as the first president of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (now National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), for this reason he has also been considered a Ukrainian scientist in historiography, although Vernadsky personally regarded Ukraine only as historical part of Russia and even declined to become a Ukrainian citizen in 1918. Similar views expressed his son, the historian Georgy Vernadsky, an author of numerous books on Russian history. Vladimir Vernadsky is most noted for his 1926 book The Biosphere in which he inadvertently worked to popularize Eduard Suess' 1885 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 259,051 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Vladimir Vernadsky is the 51st most popular biologist (up from 54th in 2019), the 202nd most popular biography from Russia (up from 216th in 2019) and the 4th most popular 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 51 out of 841Before him are Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Karl Ernst von Baer, Hans Spemann, Peter Simon Pallas, Nikolai Vavilov, and Hugo de Vries. After him are Adelbert von Chamisso, Jean-Henri Fabre, François Jacob, Erasmus Darwin, Albert Claude, and Hugo Theorell.

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Among people born in 1863, Vladimir Vernadsky ranks 18Before him are Gabriele D'Annunzio, George Herbert Mead, Constantine P. Cavafy, Carlos I of Portugal, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, and Joaquín Sorolla. After him are Austen Chamberlain, Werner Sombart, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Franz Stuck, Alexandre Yersin, and Wilhelm Marx. Among people deceased in 1945, Vladimir Vernadsky ranks 53Before him are Giovanni Agnelli, Robert Ritter von Greim, Karl-Otto Koch, Karl Hanke, Theodore Dreiser, and Franz Werfel. After him are Edgar Cayce, Hans Geiger, Edith Frank, Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Margot Frank, and René Lalique.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Vladimir Vernadsky ranks 202 out of 3,262Before him are Natalia Goncharova (1881), Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (1853), Yakov Sverdlov (1885), Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia (1876), Gennady Yanayev (1937), and Gennady Zyuganov (1944). After him are Alla Pugacheva (1949), Mikhail Suslov (1902), Andrei Tupolev (1888), Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia (1895), Öz Beg Khan (1282), and Ivan I of Moscow (1288).

Among BIOLOGISTS In Russia

Among biologists born in Russia, Vladimir Vernadsky ranks 4Before him are Ivan Pavlov (1849), Peter Kropotkin (1842), and Nikolai Vavilov (1887). After him are Alexander Oparin (1894), Dmitri Ivanovsky (1864), Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin (1855), Nikolay Pirogov (1810), Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov (1870), Alexander von Middendorff (1815), Nikolai Severtzov (1827), and Kliment Timiryazev (1843).