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Douglas Adams

1952 - 2001

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Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, humorist, and screenwriter, best known for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (HHGTTG). Originally a 1978 BBC radio comedy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy developed into a "trilogy" of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime. It was further developed into a television series, several stage plays, comics, a video game, and a 2005 feature film. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Douglas Adams has received more than 4,906,421 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Douglas Adams is the 758th most popular writer (down from 712th in 2019), the 614th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 566th in 2019) and the 72nd most popular British Writer.

Douglas Adams is most famous for his work on the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.

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  • 63.03

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  • 84

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  • 5.87

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  • 5.56

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Among writers, Douglas Adams ranks 758 out of 5,755Before him are Karl Harrer, Sidonius Apollinaris, Adunis, Sinclair Lewis, Agathias, and Edmond de Goncourt. After him are Miep Gies, Dalton Trumbo, Multatuli, Jens Peter Jacobsen, Sayat-Nova, and Lawrence Durrell.

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Among people born in 1952, Douglas Adams ranks 29Before him are Jeff Goldblum, Vahid Halilhodžić, Dan Aykroyd, Sammo Hung, John Goodman, and Hun Sen. After him are Isabella Rossellini, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Oleg Blokhin, Laura Branigan, Zoran Đinđić, and Idriss Déby. Among people deceased in 2001, Douglas Adams ranks 28Before him are Robert Ludlum, Marie José of Belgium, Balthus, John Lee Hooker, Dương Văn Minh, and Nguyễn Văn Thiệu. After him are Nikolay Basov, Zhang Xueliang, Gilbert Bécaud, Clifford Shull, Charles Trenet, and Juan Antonio Villacañas.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Douglas Adams ranks 614 out of 7,765Before him are William Dampier (1651), John Flamsteed (1646), Henry the Young King (1155), John Rhys-Davies (1944), William Wilberforce (1759), and James Hargreaves (1720). After him are Jonathan Pryce (1947), Tilda Swinton (1960), Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868), John Buchan (1875), Offa of Mercia (800), and Philip Miller (1691).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Douglas Adams ranks 72Before him are Alexander Pope (1688), Frederick Forsyth (1938), David Irving (1938), A. J. Cronin (1896), Aubrey Beardsley (1872), and Ann Radcliffe (1764). After him are Diana Wynne Jones (1934), Julian Barnes (1946), Ernest Thompson Seton (1860), Christopher Tolkien (1924), Muriel Spark (1918), and Jane Hawking (1944).