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Austen Henry Layard

1817 - 1894

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Sir Austen Henry Layard (; 5 March 1817 – 5 July 1894) was an English Assyriologist, traveller, cuneiformist, art historian, draughtsman, collector, politician and diplomat. He was born to a mostly English family in Paris and largely raised in Italy. He is best known as the excavator of Nimrud and of Nineveh, where he uncovered a large proportion of the Assyrian palace reliefs known, and in 1851 the library of Ashurbanipal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Austen Henry Layard has received more than 210,210 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Austen Henry Layard is the 19th most popular archaeologist (up from 20th in 2019), the 1,481st most popular biography from France (up from 1,586th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Archaeologist.

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Among archaeologists, Austen Henry Layard ranks 19 out of 104Before him are Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, Oscar Montelius, Aurel Stein, Flinders Petrie, Karl Richard Lepsius, and Louis Leakey. After him are Louis Agassiz, Leo Frobenius, Bogdan Filov, Alcide d'Orbigny, Paul Pelliot, and Leonard Woolley.

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Among people born in 1817, Austen Henry Layard ranks 17Before him are Princess Clémentine of Orléans, Niels Gade, Pierre Larousse, Theodor Storm, Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, and Maximilian de Beauharnais, 3rd Duke of Leuchtenberg. After him are Charles Adolphe Wurtz, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, Táhirih, Hermann Lotze, Archduke Stephen, Palatine of Hungary, and Albert von Kölliker. Among people deceased in 1894, Austen Henry Layard ranks 19Before him are Prince Philippe, Count of Paris, Hans von Bülow, Leconte de Lisle, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Emmanuel Chabrier, and Theodor Billroth. After him are Hassan I of Morocco, August Kundt, Eugène Charles Catalan, Nikolai Ge, Nadezhda von Meck, and Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac.

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Among people born in France, Austen Henry Layard ranks 1,481 out of 6,011Before him are Alain Poher (1909), Michel Butor (1926), Richardis (840), Bernard Kouchner (1939), Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749), and Diane de France (1538). After him are Antoine Quentin Fouquier-Tinville (1746), René Just Haüy (1743), Paul Poiret (1879), Arnaud Amalric (1160), Jacques-Germain Soufflot (1713), and William of Champeaux (1070).


Among archaeologists born in France, Austen Henry Layard ranks 2Before him are Jean-François Champollion (1790). After him are Alcide d'Orbigny (1802), 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).