Dian Fossey

1932 - 1985

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Dian Fossey (, January 16, 1932 – c. December 26, 1985) was an American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups from 1966 until her murder in 1985. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey. Gorillas in the Mist, a book published two years before her death, is Fossey's account of her scientific study of the gorillas at Karisoke Research Center and prior career. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dian Fossey has received more than 3,877,440 page views. Her biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Dian Fossey is the 29th most popular biologist (down from 22nd in 2019), the 381st most popular biography from United States (down from 306th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Biologist.

Dian Fossey was an American zoologist who studied gorillas in the mountain forests of Rwanda. She is most famous for her work in studying and protecting the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

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Among biologists, Dian Fossey ranks 29 out of 844Before her are Nikolai Vavilov, Maria Sibylla Merian, Conrad Gessner, Rachel Carson, Karl von Frisch, and Yoshinori Ohsumi. After her are Lazzaro Spallanzani, Charles Richet, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Jules Bordet, Karl Ernst von Baer, and Barbara McClintock.

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Among people born in 1932, Dian Fossey ranks 19Before her are Abebe Bikila, Peter O'Toole, Gerhard Richter, Anouk Aimée, Anthony Perkins, and Glenn Gould. After her are Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary, Fernando Botero, Little Richard, Sylvia Plath, Víctor Jara, and Roy Scheider. Among people deceased in 1985, Dian Fossey ranks 14Before her are Carl Schmitt, Charles Francis Richter, Italo Calvino, Rock Hudson, Simone Signoret, and László Bíró. After her are Simon Kuznets, Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Philip Larkin, Lon Nol, Jean Dubuffet, and Anne Baxter.

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Among people born in United States, Dian Fossey ranks 381 out of 15,968Before her are Steve Ballmer (1956), Jefferson Davis (1808), Arthur Compton (1892), Albert Fish (1870), George Armstrong Custer (1839), and Calvin Klein (1942). After her are Tim Burton (1958), Dennis Hopper (1936), Carl David Anderson (1905), Paul Ekman (1934), Chuck Jones (1912), and Ralph Lauren (1939).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Dian Fossey ranks 4Before her are James Watson (1928), Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866), and Rachel Carson (1907). After her are Barbara McClintock (1902), Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), Lynn Margulis (1938), Irwin Rose (1926), Alfred Hershey (1908), George Beadle (1903), Gerald Edelman (1929), and John Franklin Enders (1897).