Francis Willughby

1635 - 1672

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Francis Willughby (sometimes spelt Willoughby) FRS (22 November 1635 – 3 July 1672) was an English ornithologist and ichthyologist, and an early student of linguistics and games. He was born and raised at Middleton Hall, Warwickshire, the only son of an affluent country family. He was a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was tutored by the mathematician and naturalist John Ray, who became a lifetime friend and colleague, and lived with Willughby after 1662 when he lost his livelihood through his refusal to sign the Act of Uniformity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis Willughby has received more than 121,441 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Francis Willughby is the 818th most popular biologist (down from 646th in 2019), the 4,835th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 3,484th in 2019) and the 143rd most popular British Biologist.

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Among biologists, Francis Willughby ranks 818 out of 844Before him are Akhtar Hameed Khan, Alice Eastwood, Mary-Claire King, George Don, John Hopfield, and Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey. After him are William T. Stearn, Richard Anthony Salisbury, Janet Rowley, Alice Catherine Evans, Frederick DuCane Godman, and Frederic Moore.

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Among people born in 1635, Francis Willughby ranks 14Before him are Landgravine Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, Philippe Quinault, Alexander Farnese, Prince of Parma, Princess Margaret Yolande of Savoy, Zanabazar, and Isabella d'Este, Duchess of Parma.  Among people deceased in 1672, Francis Willughby ranks 14Before him are Adriaen van de Velde, Pierre Séguier, Anne Marie Martinozzi, Georg Stiernhielm, Anne Bradstreet, and Pedro Calungsod.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Francis Willughby ranks 4,835 out of 6,924Before him are Yvonne Ridley (1958), Peter Lord (1953), Ron Springett (1935), Willie Thorne (1954), Norman Whiteside (1965), and Tommy Lawton (1919). After him are Tony Curran (1969), David O'Hara (1965), Daniel Kaluuya (1989), Henry Cockburn (1921), Alex McLeish (1959), and Simon Shelton (1966).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, Francis Willughby ranks 143Before him are Anne McLaren (1927), Lancelot Hogben (1895), Thomas Pennant (1726), David Lack (1910), Edward Lhuyd (1660), and George Don (1798). After him are William T. Stearn (1911), Richard Anthony Salisbury (1761), Frederick DuCane Godman (1834), Frederic Moore (1830), Karl Shuker (1959), and John Hutton Balfour (1808).