Edward Smith

1850 - 1912

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Edward John Smith (27 January 1850 – 15 April 1912) was a British sea captain and naval officer. In 1880, he joined the White Star Line as an officer, beginning a long career in the British Merchant Navy. Smith went on to serve as the master of numerous White Star Line vessels. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Smith has received more than 34,536 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Edward Smith is the 78th most popular military personnel (down from 72nd in 2019), the 176th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 182nd in 2019) and the 5th most popular British Military Personnel.

Edward Smith is most famous for being the captain of the Titanic.

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Among military personnels, Edward Smith ranks 78 out of 2,058Before him are Erich Raeder, Ahmad Sanjar, Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas, Alexander Suvorov, Tadeusz Kościuszko, and Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. After him are Günther von Kluge, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Abu Muslim, Qasem Soleimani, and Yi Sun-sin.

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Among people born in 1850, Edward Smith ranks 5Before him are Jack the Ripper, Guy de Maupassant, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. After him are Eduard Bernstein, Sofia Kovalevskaya, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Hermann Ebbinghaus, Charles Richet, Pierre Loti, and Mihai Eminescu. Among people deceased in 1912, Edward Smith ranks 8Before him are August Strindberg, Henri Poincaré, Frederick VIII of Denmark, Jules Massenet, Frédéric Passy, and Bram Stoker. After him are Karl May, Thomas Andrews, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Robert Falcon Scott, Joseph Lister, and Auguste Beernaert.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Edward Smith ranks 176 out of 8,785Before him are Anthony Eden (1897), Duns Scotus (1265), George Boole (1815), Guy Fawkes (1570), John Milton (1608), and George Best (1946). After him are Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank (1935), Boudica (33), Aleister Crowley (1875), Humphry Davy (1778), Charlotte Rampling (1946), and Elizabeth of York (1466).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, Edward Smith ranks 5Before him are William Wallace (1270), Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857), Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758), and T. E. Lawrence (1888). After him are Bernard Montgomery (1887), Alexander Selkirk (1676), John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), Gertrude Bell (1868), Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby (1861), Rudolf Abel (1903), and James Paul Moody (1887).