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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 46,969 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Alcide d'Orbigny is the 23rd most popular archaeologist (down from 21st in 2019), the 1,742nd most popular biography from France (down from 1,613th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular French Archaeologist.

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Among archaeologists, Alcide d'Orbigny ranks 23 out of 104Before him are Karl Richard Lepsius, Louis Leakey, Austen Henry Layard, Louis Agassiz, Leo Frobenius, and Bogdan Filov. After him are Paul Pelliot, Leonard Woolley, Othniel Charles Marsh, Robert Ballard, Ami Boué, and Wilhelm Dörpfeld.

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Among people born in 1802, Alcide d'Orbigny ranks 21Before him are Louis-Eugène Cavaignac, Husein Gradaščević, Nikolaus Lenau, Charlotte Bonaparte, Hermann Goldschmidt, and Ignacy Domeyko. After him are Charles Auguste de Bériot, Carl Ritter von Ghega, Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, Frederick William, Elector of Hesse, Harriet Martineau, and Johann Friedrich von Brandt. Among people deceased in 1857, Alcide d'Orbigny ranks 19Before him are Pierre-Jean de Béranger, Johan Christian Dahl, Louis Jacques Thénard, Mangal Pandey, Louis-Eugène Cavaignac, and Josef Ressel. After him are Princess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg, George Cayley, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Marquis de Custine, Théodolinde de Beauharnais, and Hinrich Lichtenstein.

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Among people born in France, Alcide d'Orbigny ranks 1,742 out of 6,011Before him are Henri Gatien Bertrand (1773), Charles Koechlin (1867), Paul Painlevé (1863), Pierre Mendès France (1907), Jan Asselijn (1610), and Vincent of Lérins (400). After him are Georges Canguilhem (1904), Robert Desnos (1900), Jean Charles Athanase Peltier (1785), Philippe Leroy (1930), Anne Desclos (1907), and Émile Coué (1857).


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), Christiane Desroches Noblecourt (1913), Victor Loret (1859), François Bordes (1919), and André Parrot (1901).