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Ernst Gombrich

1909 - 2001

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Sir Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich (; German: [ˈgɔmbʁɪç]; 30 March 1909 – 3 November 2001) was an Austrian-born art historian who, after settling in England in 1936, became a naturalised British citizen in 1947 and spent most of his working life in the United Kingdom. Gombrich was the author of many works of cultural history and art history, most notably The Story of Art, a book widely regarded as one of the most accessible introductions to the visual arts, and Art and Illusion, a major work in the psychology of perception that influenced thinkers as diverse as Carlo Ginzburg, Nelson Goodman, Umberto Eco, and Thomas Kuhn. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernst Gombrich has received more than 396,383 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Ernst Gombrich is the 42nd most popular historian (down from 37th in 2019), the 138th most popular biography from Austria (down from 123rd in 2019) and the most popular Austrian Historian.

Ernst Gombrich is most famous for his book The Story of Art, which is a comprehensive survey of the history of art.

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Among historians, Ernst Gombrich ranks 42 out of 339Before him are Ibn Ishaq, Erwin Panofsky, Leonardo Bruni, Lucien Febvre, Samuel von Pufendorf, and Aby Warburg. After him are Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani, Ali ibn al-Athir, Niketas Choniates, Jared Diamond, Poggio Bracciolini, and Tzvetan Todorov.

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Among people born in 1909, Ernst Gombrich ranks 18Before him are U Thant, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Isaiah Berlin, Kwame Nkrumah, Mohammed V of Morocco, and Li Xiannian. After him are Errol Flynn, Talal of Jordan, Benny Goodman, Elia Kazan, Fred Perry, and Carmen Miranda. Among people deceased in 2001, Ernst Gombrich ranks 19Before him are Sabiha Gökçen, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Iannis Xenakis, Fred Hoyle, Wilhelm Mohnke, and Laurent-Désiré Kabila. After him are Alberto Korda, William Hanna, Robert Ludlum, Marie José of Belgium, Balthus, and John Lee Hooker.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Ernst Gombrich ranks 138 out of 1,237Before him are Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este (1754), Archduchess Maria Josepha of Austria (1751), Maria Josepha of Austria (1699), Anna Maria Mozart (1720), Hans Selye (1907), and Ernest, Duke of Austria (1377). After him are Georg Trakl (1887), Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland (1573), Richard Adolf Zsigmondy (1865), Albert VII, Archduke of Austria (1559), Mariana of Austria (1634), and Frederick the Fair (1289).

Among HISTORIANS In Austria

Among historians born in Austria, Ernst Gombrich ranks 1After him are Alois Riegl (1858), Shlomo Sand (1946), Gerda Lerner (1920), İlber Ortaylı (1947), Riane Eisler (1931), and Andreas Maislinger (1955).