Carl Ritter

1779 - 1859

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Carl Ritter (August 7, 1779 – September 28, 1859) was a German geographer. Along with Alexander von Humboldt, he is considered one of the founders of modern geography. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carl Ritter has received more than 185,816 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia. Carl Ritter is the 13th most popular geographer (down from 11th in 2019), the 538th most popular biography from Germany (down from 373rd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular German Geographer.

Carl Ritter is most famous for being the first person to use a bicycle as a means of transportation.

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Among geographers, Carl Ritter ranks 13 out of 67Before him are Pausanias, Abraham Ortelius, George Everest, Martin Waldseemüller, Ferdinand von Richthofen, and Wladimir Köppen. After him are Pomponius Mela, Ziryab, Ibn Khordadbeh, James Lovelock, Paul Vidal de La Blache, and Ya'qubi.

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Among people born in 1779, Carl Ritter ranks 4Before him are Jöns Jacob Berzelius, Mustafa IV, and Friedrich Carl von Savigny. After him are Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich of Russia, Elizabeth Alexeievna, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Antoine-Henri Jomini, Francis IV, Duke of Modena, Thomas Moore, Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily, and Adam Oehlenschläger. Among people deceased in 1859, Carl Ritter ranks 11Before him are Oscar I of Sweden, John Vianney, Wilhelm Grimm, Washington Irving, Josip Jelačić, and Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies. After him are Louis Spohr, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, Bettina von Arnim, Archduke John of Austria, Thomas De Quincey, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Carl Ritter ranks 538 out of 5,289Before him are Georg Büchner (1813), Julia Drusilla (16), Otto Strasser (1897), Hans von Seeckt (1866), Otto Rehhagel (1938), and Kurt Schwitters (1887). After him are Klaus Mann (1906), Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi (1804), Aby Warburg (1866), Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1743), Hugh of Saint Victor (1096), and Karl-Otto Koch (1897).

Among GEOGRAPHERS In Germany

Among geographers born in Germany, Carl Ritter ranks 3Before him are Alexander von Humboldt (1769) and Martin Waldseemüller (1470). After him are Sebastian Münster (1488), Albrecht Penck (1858), Johann Georg Gmelin (1709), Alfred Hettner (1859), Johann Gottlieb Georgi (1729), Hans Meyer (1858), Anton Friedrich Büsching (1724), and Adolf Stieler (1775).