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Dian Fossey

1932 - 1985

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Dian Fossey ( dy-AN; 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 4,205,119 page views. Her biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Dian Fossey is the 30th most popular biologist (down from 29th in 2019), the 379th most popular biography from United States (up from 381st in 2019) and the 5th 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 30 out of 841Before her are Rachel Carson, Élie Metchnikoff, Trofim Lysenko, Barbara McClintock, Conrad Gessner, and Jules Bordet. After her are Charles Richet, Theodor Schwann, Yoshinori Ohsumi, Harald zur Hausen, Albrecht Kossel, and Karl von Frisch.

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

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Among people born in United States, Dian Fossey ranks 379 out of 18,182Before her are Jay Leno (1950), Jennifer Lopez (1969), George Herbert Mead (1863), Dan Brown (1964), Zachary Taylor (1784), and Kurt Cobain (1967). After her are David Carradine (1936), Kathy Bates (1948), Chet Baker (1929), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), Kurt Russell (1951), and Nicole Kidman (1967).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Dian Fossey ranks 5Before her are James Watson (1928), Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866), Rachel Carson (1907), and Barbara McClintock (1902). After her are Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), Linda B. Buck (1947), George Beadle (1903), John Franklin Enders (1897), Lynn Margulis (1938), Irwin Rose (1926), and Alfred Hershey (1908).