Ferdinand von Richthofen

1833 - 1905

Ferdinand von Richthofen

Baron Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen (5 May 1833 – 6 October 1905), better known in English as Baron von Richthofen, was a German traveller, geographer, and scientist. He is noted for coining the terms "Seidenstraße" and "Seidenstraßen" = "Silk Road(s)" or "Silk Route(s)" in 1877. He also standardized the practices of chorography and chorology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ferdinand von Richthofen has received more than 81,813 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 12th most popular geographer.

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Among geographers, Ferdinand von Richthofen ranks 12 out of 58Before him are Muhammad al-Idrisi, Pausanias, George Everest, Martin Waldseemüller, Abraham Ortelius, and Carl Ritter. After him are Pomponius Mela, Wladimir Köppen, Paul Vidal de La Blache, Ibn Khordadbeh, Ziryab, and Fra Mauro.

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Among people born in 1833, Ferdinand von Richthofen ranks 9Before him are Alexander Borodin, Wilhelm Dilthey, Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria, Benjamin Harrison, Élie Ducommun, and Alfred von Schlieffen. After him are Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Félicien Rops, Eugen Dühring, Léon Bonnat, Edward Burne-Jones, and Charles George Gordon. Among people deceased in 1905, Ferdinand von Richthofen ranks 5Before him are Jules Verne, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Ernst Abbe, and Muhammad Abduh. After him are Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, Adolph Menzel, Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Louise Michel, and Élisée Reclus.

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Among people born in Poland, Ferdinand von Richthofen ranks 94 out of 930Before him are Carl Menger (1840), Béla I of Hungary (1016), Hanna Reitsch (1912), Kurt Student (1890), Emil von Behring (1854), and Andrzej Sapkowski (1948). After him are Erwin von Witzleben (1881), Judah Loew ben Bezalel (1512), Friedrich Bergius (1884), Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898), Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899), and Dziga Vertov (1896).


Among geographers born in Poland, Ferdinand von Richthofen ranks 1

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