François Duvalier

1907 - 1971

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François Duvalier (French pronunciation: ​[fʁɑ̃swa dyvalje]; 14 April 1907 – 21 April 1971), also known as Papa Doc, was a Haitian politician who served as the President of Haiti from 1957 to 1971. He was elected president in the 1957 general election on a populist and black nationalist platform. After thwarting a military coup d'état in 1958, his regime rapidly became more autocratic and despotic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of François Duvalier has received more than 1,870,390 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). François Duvalier is the 48th most popular physician (down from 36th in 2019), the most popular biography from Haiti and the most popular Haitian Physician.

François Duvalier was the president of Haiti from 1957 to 1971. He is most famous for his brutal dictatorship and corrupt rule.

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Among physicians, François Duvalier ranks 48 out of 509Before him are Philippe Pinel, Joseph Lister, Eugen Bleuler, Marcello Malpighi, António Egas Moniz, and Christiaan Barnard. After him are Stanley Cohen, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, René Laennec, Alexandre Yersin, Emil von Behring, and James Parkinson.

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Among people born in 1907, François Duvalier ranks 17Before him are Edwin McMillan, Baldur von Schirach, Rachel Carson, Jacques Tati, Yakov Dzhugashvili, and Yang Shangkun. After him are John Bowlby, Nikolaas Tinbergen, Robert A. Heinlein, Lin Biao, Horst Wessel, and Frank Whittle. Among people deceased in 1971, François Duvalier ranks 11Before him are Jim Morrison, György Lukács, Hermann Hoth, Audie Murphy, Lawrence Bragg, and Fernandel. After him are Arne Jacobsen, Wilhelm List, D. B. Cooper, Harold Lloyd, Igor Tamm, and Gotthard Heinrici.

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Among people born in Haiti, François Duvalier ranks 1 out of 66After him are Toussaint Louverture (1743), Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758), Thomas-Alexandre Dumas (1762), Alexandre Pétion (1770), Jean-Claude Duvalier (1951), Jean-Pierre Boyer (1776), John James Audubon (1785), René Préval (1943), Vincent-Marie Viénot, Count of Vaublanc (1756), Jean-Bertrand Aristide (1953), and Faustin Soulouque (1782).


Among physicians born in Haiti, François Duvalier ranks 1