David Livingstone

1813 - 1873

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David Livingstone (; 19 March 1813 – 1 May 1873) was a Scottish physician, Congregationalist, and pioneer Christian missionary with the London Missionary Society, an explorer in Africa, and one of the most popular British heroes of the late 19th-century Victorian era. He had 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. Livingstone's fame as an explorer and his obsession with learning the sources of the Nile River was founded on the belief that if he could solve that age-old mystery, his fame would give him the influence to end the East African Arab-Swahili slave trade. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Livingstone has received more than 2,537,617 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 83 in 2019). David Livingstone is the 18th most popular explorer, the 89th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 86th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Explorer.

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Among explorers, David Livingstone ranks 18 out of 405. Before him are Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, Prince Henry the Navigator, Jacques Cartier, Fridtjof Nansen, and Erik the Red. After him are Jacques Cousteau, Xuanzang, Leif Erikson, Thor Heyerdahl, Abel Tasman, and Vitus Bering.

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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, Georg Büchner, Henry Bessemer, John Snow, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Ivar Aasen, 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, Johns Hopkins, Alessandro Manzoni, Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, John of Saxony, Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, and Fyodor Tyutchev.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, David Livingstone ranks 89 out of 6,924. Before him are William Harvey (1578), Ringo Starr (1940), George Stephenson (1781), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), Emily Brontë (1818), and Roger Moore (1927). After him are Walter Scott (1771), Ian McKellen (1939), William Blake (1757), Maggie Smith (1934), Mary Boleyn (1499), and J. M. W. Turner (1775).

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), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), Henry Hudson (1570), William Adams (1564), John Smith (1580), William Baffin (1584), Richard Francis Burton (1821), James Clark Ross (1800), and William Dampier (1651).