Camille Flammarion

1842 - 1925

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Nicolas Camille Flammarion FRAS (French: [nikɔla kamij flamaʁjɔ̃]; 26 February 1842 – 3 June 1925) was a French astronomer and author. He was a prolific author of more than fifty titles, including popular science works about astronomy, several notable early science fiction novels, and works on psychical research and related topics. He also published the magazine L'Astronomie, starting in 1882. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Camille Flammarion has received more than 300,325 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Camille Flammarion is the 512th most popular writer (up from 532nd in 2019), the 605th most popular biography from France (up from 626th in 2019) and the 92nd most popular French Writer.

Camille Flammarion is most famous for his popularizing the idea of intelligent life on other planets.

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Notable Works

Astronomy for amateurs
Astronomy, Accessible book
The Flammarion book of astronomy
Astronomie populaire
Astronomy, Popular works
Mysterious psychic forces
Spiritualism, Parapsychology, Investigation
Haunted houses
Research, Apparitions, Haunted houses
Spiritualism, Future life, Plurality of worlds
Popular Astronomy
Death and Its Mystery
The atmosphere
Atmosphere, Meteorology
The Flammarion book of astronomy
Astronomie populaire
Astronomy, Popular works
Spiritualism, Future life, Plurality of worlds


Among writers, Camille Flammarion ranks 512 out of 7,302Before him are Anthony Burgess, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Anaïs Nin, Robert A. Heinlein, Statius, and Alfred Jarry. After him are Gabriele Amorth, Isaac Babel, Aulus Gellius, Tom Clancy, Alvin Toffler, and Henry IV of Castile.

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Among people born in 1842, Camille Flammarion ranks 11Before him are Jules Massenet, Alfred Marshall, Karl May, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Dominic Savio, and Josef Breuer. After him are Paul Lafargue, Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, Okita Sōji, Hermann Cohen, Arrigo Boito, and Georg Brandes. Among people deceased in 1925, Camille Flammarion ranks 15Before him are Sergei Yesenin, Henri Fayol, Josef Breuer, Felix Klein, Alexander Friedmann, and Mikhail Frunze. After him are Maria Sophie of Bavaria, Władysław Reymont, Léon Bourgeois, Vajiravudh, George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, and Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar.

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In France

Among people born in France, Camille Flammarion ranks 605 out of 6,770Before him are Salome Zourabichvili (1952), Jean-Baptiste Kléber (1753), Alfred Jarry (1873), Jacques Charles (1763), Maurice de Vlaminck (1876), and Fulk, King of Jerusalem (1092). After him are Emmanuel de Grouchy, marquis de Grouchy (1766), William IX, Duke of Aquitaine (1071), William Wyler (1902), Sophie Marceau (1966), Syagrius (430), and Léon Blum (1872).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Camille Flammarion ranks 92Before him are Charles, Duke of Orléans (1394), Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627), Henri Barbusse (1873), Gérard de Nerval (1808), Anaïs Nin (1903), and Alfred Jarry (1873). After him are Marie-Antoine Carême (1784), Pierre de Ronsard (1524), Paul Claudel (1868), Gaston Leroux (1868), Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (1741), and W. Somerset Maugham (1874).