George Gaylord Simpson

1902 - 1984

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George Gaylord Simpson (June 16, 1902 – October 6, 1984) was an American paleontologist. Simpson was perhaps the most influential paleontologist of the twentieth century, and a major participant in the modern synthesis, contributing Tempo and Mode in Evolution (1944), The Meaning of Evolution (1949) and The Major Features of Evolution (1953). He was an expert on extinct mammals and their intercontinental migrations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Gaylord Simpson has received more than 214,256 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). George Gaylord Simpson is the 23rd most popular archaeologist (up from 34th in 2019), the 1,749th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,448th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Archaeologist.

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Over the past year George Gaylord Simpson has had the most page views in the with 21,874 views, followed by Spanish (12,272), and Russian (2,866). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Korean (387.91%), Southern Azerbaijani (102.29%), and Estonian (91.17%)


Among archaeologists, George Gaylord Simpson ranks 23 out of 151Before him are Oscar Montelius, Karl Richard Lepsius, Louis Leakey, Austen Henry Layard, Alcide d'Orbigny, and Khaemweset. After him are Flinders Petrie, Leo Frobenius, Aurel Stein, Bogdan Filov, Paul Pelliot, and Yuri Knorozov.

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Among people born in 1902, George Gaylord Simpson ranks 63Before him are Léon M'ba, Gianpiero Combi, Carlo Levi, David O. Selznick, Sylvanus Olympio, and Marcel Aymé. After him are Rafael Alberti, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Kirill Moskalenko, Christian de Castries, Takeichi Nishi, and Bruno Streckenbach. Among people deceased in 1984, George Gaylord Simpson ranks 52Before him are Yılmaz Güney, Brassaï, Jackie Coogan, Jerzy Popiełuszko, Joseph Losey, and Chaïm Perelman. After him are Branko Ćopić, Hans Speidel, Rodrigo Lara, Count Basie, Andy Kaufman, and Marcel Janco.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Gaylord Simpson ranks 1,749 out of 20,380Before him are John Fogerty (1945), Barbara Bel Geddes (1922), Martin Rodbell (1925), Luis Walter Alvarez (1911), Stephen Lang (1952), and Aaron Copland (1900). After him are Margaret Keane (1927), Robert Moog (1934), Emilio Estevez (1962), Billy Crystal (1948), Wolfgang Kapp (1858), and Robby Krieger (1946).

Among ARCHAEOLOGISTS In United States

Among archaeologists born in United States, George Gaylord Simpson ranks 2Before him are Edward Drinker Cope (1840). After him are Othniel Charles Marsh (1831), Robert Ballard (1942), James Henry Breasted (1865), Charles W. Gilmore (1874), Sylvanus Morley (1883), J. P. Mallory (1945), Donald Johanson (1943), Edward Robinson (1794), Lewis Binford (1932), and Robert T. Bakker (1945).