Alcide d'Orbigny

1802 - 1857

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Alcide Charles Victor Marie Dessalines d'Orbigny (6 September 1802 – 30 June 1857) was a French naturalist who made major contributions in many areas, including zoology (including malacology), palaeontology, geology, archaeology and anthropology. D'Orbigny was born in Couëron (Loire-Atlantique), the son of a ship's physician and amateur naturalist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alcide d'Orbigny has received more than 36,139 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Alcide d'Orbigny is the 21st most popular archaeologist (down from 20th in 2019), the 1,616th most popular biography from France (down from 1,508th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular French Archaeologist.

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Among archaeologists, Alcide d'Orbigny ranks 21 out of 104Before him are Louis Leakey, Aurel Stein, Oscar Montelius, Flinders Petrie, Karl Richard Lepsius, and Austen Henry Layard. After him are Leo Frobenius, Paul Pelliot, Othniel Charles Marsh, Robert Ballard, Ernst Curtius, and George Gaylord Simpson.

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Among people born in 1802, Alcide d'Orbigny ranks 19Before him are Germain Henri Hess, Charles Wheatstone, Nikolaus Lenau, Hermann Goldschmidt, Husein Gradaščević, and Pavel Nakhimov. After him are Charles Auguste de Bériot, Charlotte Bonaparte, Ignacy Domeyko, Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, Carl Ritter von Ghega, and Arnold Ruge. Among people deceased in 1857, Alcide d'Orbigny ranks 19Before him are Louis Jacques Thénard, Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, Louis-Eugène Cavaignac, Johan Christian Dahl, Mangal Pandey, and Josef Ressel. After him are Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, George Cayley, Marquis de Custine, Princess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg, Augustinos Kapodistrias, and Théodolinde de Beauharnais.

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Among people born in France, Alcide d'Orbigny ranks 1,616 out of 5,234Before him are Jean Dujardin (1972), Armand-Augustin-Louis de Caulaincourt (1773), Prince Robert, Duke of Chartres (1840), Patrice Chéreau (1944), Louise Diane d'Orléans (1716), and Georg Muffat (1653). After him are Marcel Aymé (1902), Jean Tirole (1953), Pierre Auguste Cot (1837), Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza (1911), William Kennedy Dickson (1860), and Honoré V, Prince of Monaco (1778).


Among archaeologists born in France, Alcide d'Orbigny ranks 3Before him are Jean-François Champollion (1790) and Austen Henry Layard (1817). After him are Paul Pelliot (1878), André Leroi-Gourhan (1911), Henri Breuil (1877), Jacques Boucher de Crèvecœur de Perthes (1788), Louis Laurent Gabriel de Mortillet (1821), André Parrot (1901), François Bordes (1919), Victor Loret (1859), and Paul Rivet (1876).