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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. David was the husband of Mary Moffat Livingstone, from the prominent 18th Century missionary family, Moffat. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Livingstone has received more than 3,421,401 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia. David Livingstone is the 15th most popular explorer (up from 18th in 2019), the 71st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 88th 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 15 out of 405Before him are James Cook, Hernán Cortés, Zheng He, Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, and Abel Tasman. After him are Prince Henry the Navigator, Fridtjof Nansen, Erik the Red, Xuanzang, Jacques Cousteau, and Pedro Álvares Cabral.

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

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, David Livingstone ranks 71 out of 7,765Before him are Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857), Edward VI of England (1537), Lewis Carroll (1832), Alex Ferguson (1941), James VI and I (1566), and Neville Chamberlain (1869). After him are J. M. W. Turner (1775), Edward III of England (1312), Ridley Scott (1937), Edward II of England (1284), William of Ockham (1285), and Harold Harefoot (1016).

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), William Baffin (1584), Richard Francis Burton (1821), William Adams (1564), Henry Hudson (1570), John Smith (1580), James Clark Ross (1800), and John Davis (1550).