David Livingstone

1813 - 1873

David Livingstone

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 2,351,790 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 18th most popular explorer.

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Among explorers, David Livingstone ranks 18 out of 367Before him are Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, Fridtjof Nansen, Prince Henry the Navigator, Jacques Cartier, and Leif Erikson. After him are Jacques Cousteau, Abel Tasman, Xuanzang, Erik the Red, Pedro Álvares Cabral, 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, Georg Büchner, Henry Bessemer, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Franz Miklosich, Ivar Aasen, and John Snow. 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, John of Saxony, Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Fyodor Tyutchev, and Vasil Levski.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, David Livingstone ranks 86 out of 5,347Before him are Herbert Spencer (1820), George VI (1895), David Bowie (1947), Jeremy Bentham (1748), William Blake (1757), and Lady Godiva (990). After him are George III of the United Kingdom (1738), Edward III of England (1312), Emily Brontë (1818), Blackbeard (1680), Edward Elgar (1857), and George IV of the United Kingdom (1762).

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), John Smith (1580), Richard Francis Burton (1821), William Adams (1564), William Baffin (1584), John Davis (1550), and James Clark Ross (1800).