David Livingstone

1813 - 1873

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David Livingstone (; 19 March 1813 – 1 May 1873) was a Scottish physician, Congregationalist, pioneer Christian missionary with the London Missionary Society, and an explorer in Africa. Livingstone was married to Mary Moffat Livingstone, from the prominent 18th-century Moffat missionary family. Livingstone came to have a mythic status that operated on a number of interconnected levels: Protestant missionary martyr, working-class "rags-to-riches" inspirational story, scientific investigator and explorer, imperial reformer, anti-slavery crusader, and advocate of British commercial and colonial expansion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Livingstone has received more than 4,047,465 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 85 in 2019). David Livingstone is the 21st most popular explorer (down from 15th in 2019), the 100th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 71st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Explorer.

David Livingstone is most famous for his exploration of the African continent and his discovery of the Victoria Falls.

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Among explorers, David Livingstone ranks 21 out of 498Before him are Abel Tasman, Pedro Álvares Cabral, Xuanzang, Fridtjof Nansen, Juan Sebastián Elcano, and Jacques Cartier. After him are Jacques Cousteau, Erik the Red, Vitus Bering, Leif Erikson, Willem Barentsz, and Thor Heyerdahl.

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Among people born in 1813, David Livingstone ranks 4Before him are Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, and Søren Kierkegaard. After him are Claude Bernard, Ivar Aasen, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Georg Büchner, Henry Bessemer, Charles-Valentin Alkan, John Snow, and Franz Miklosich. Among people deceased in 1873, David Livingstone ranks 3Before him are Napoleon III, and John Stuart Mill. After him are Justus von Liebig, Alessandro Manzoni, Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, John of Saxony, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Vasil Levski, and Amélie of Leuchtenberg.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, David Livingstone ranks 100 out of 8,785Before him are Jeff Beck (1944), Walter Scott (1771), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Paul Dirac (1902), William Harvey (1578), and T. E. Lawrence (1888). After him are Edward Elgar (1857), Jane Seymour (1508), Christopher Lee (1922), Liam Neeson (1952), Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom (1857), and George V (1865).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, David Livingstone ranks 3Before him are James Cook (1728), and Francis Drake (1540). After him are Henry Morton Stanley (1841), William Baffin (1584), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), William Adams (1564), John Smith (1580), Henry Hudson (1570), John Davis (1550), Richard Francis Burton (1821), and William Dampier (1651).