Francis Beaufort

1774 - 1857

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Rear-Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort (; 27 May 1774 – 17 December 1857) was an Irish hydrographer, rear admiral of the Royal Navy, and creator of the Beaufort cipher and the Beaufort scale. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis Beaufort has received more than 168,043 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Francis Beaufort is the 10th most popular geologist (down from 8th in 2019), the 27th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 25th in 2019) and the most popular Irish Geologist.

Francis Beaufort is most famous for the Beaufort Wind Scale, which he created in 1805.

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Among geologists, Francis Beaufort ranks 10 out of 60Before him are Nicolas Steno, Friedrich Mohs, Milutin Milanković, James Hutton, Andrija Mohorovičić, and Inge Lehmann. After him are Eduard Suess, Abraham Gottlob Werner, Beno Gutenberg, William Smith, Vasily Dokuchaev, and Christian Leopold von Buch.

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Among people born in 1774, Francis Beaufort ranks 5Before him are Caspar David Friedrich, Jean-Baptiste Biot, Auguste de Marmont, and Anne Catherine Emmerich. After him are Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands, Jean Marc Gaspard Itard, Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti, Gaspare Spontini, Pierre-Narcisse Guérin, Charles Bell, and William Henry. Among people deceased in 1857, Francis Beaufort ranks 10Before him are Carl Czerny, Eugène François Vidocq, Alfred de Musset, Archduchess Sophie of Austria, Dominic Savio, and Eugène Sue. After him are Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Pierre-Jean de Béranger, Louis Jacques Thénard, Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, Louis-Eugène Cavaignac, and Johan Christian Dahl.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Francis Beaufort ranks 27 out of 460Before him are Laurence Sterne (1713), Ernest Shackleton (1874), Columbanus (540), Katie McGrath (1983), Michael Collins (1890), and Enya (1961). After him are Iris Murdoch (1919), Lola Montez (1821), Gabriel Byrne (1950), Bono (1960), Joseph Murphy (1898), and Cillian Murphy (1976).

Among GEOLOGISTS In Ireland

Among geologists born in Ireland, Francis Beaufort ranks 1After him are Richard Kirwan (1733).