Nicolaus Steno
#1705 Overall Influence

Nicolaus Steno

Pioneer in anatomy and geology, bishop

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Nicolas Steno was a Danish scientist, a pioneer in both anatomy and geology who became a Catholic bishop in his later years. Steno was trained in the classical texts on science; however, by 1659 he seriously questioned accepted knowledge of the natural world. Importantly he questioned explanations for tear production, the idea that fossils grew in the ground and explanations of rock formation. His investigations and his subsequent conclusions on fossils and rock formation have led scholars to consider him one of the founders of modern stratigraphy and modern geology. The importance of Steno’s foundational contributions to geology may be gauged from the fact that half of the twenty papers in a recent miscellany volume on The Revolution in Geology from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment focus on Steno, the “preeminent Baroque polymath and founder of modern geologic thought”.

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University of Copenhagen

Public research university in Copenhagen, Denmark

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#13 World Rank
Earth Sciences
#690 World Rank
Biology