Halford Mackinder

1861 - 1947

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Sir Halford John Mackinder (15 February 1861 – 6 March 1947) was an English geographer, academic and politician, who is regarded as one of the founding fathers of both geopolitics and geostrategy. He was the first Principal of University Extension College, Reading (which became the University of Reading) from 1892 to 1903, and Director of the London School of Economics from 1903 to 1908. While continuing his academic career part-time, he was also the Member of Parliament for Glasgow Camlachie from 1910 to 1922. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Halford Mackinder has received more than 319,625 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Halford Mackinder is the 1,422nd most popular politician (up from 1,748th in 2019), the 351st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 412th in 2019) and the 64th most popular British Politician.

Halford Mackinder was a geographer who is most famous for his theory of the Heartland. He believed that the most important geopolitical region in the world was the Heartland, which is the center of Eurasia.

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Among politicians, Halford Mackinder ranks 1,422 out of 15,710Before him are Sulayman ibn Abd al-Malik, Theresa May, Sarah Palin, Jeconiah, Shinzō Abe, and Uzun Hasan. After him are Isaac I Komnenos, Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France, Alec Douglas-Home, Halfdan the Black, Louis, Prince of Condé, and Emperor Taizu of Song.

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Among people born in 1861, Halford Mackinder ranks 14Before him are Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, Victor Horta, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Erich von Falkenhayn, Alfred North Whitehead, and Robert Bosch. After him are Georgy Lvov, Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Aristide Maillol, H. H. Holmes, José Rizal, and Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland. Among people deceased in 1947, Halford Mackinder ranks 20Before him are George II of Greece, Alfred North Whitehead, Ettore Bugatti, G. H. Hardy, Black Dahlia, and Anton Denikin. After him are Karl Mannheim, Ernst Lubitsch, Pierre Bonnard, Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Nicholas Roerich, and Han van Meegeren.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Halford Mackinder ranks 351 out of 6,924Before him are Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (1220), John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), Benny Hill (1924), John Wesley (1703), Anne Neville (1456), and Theresa May (1956). After him are Alec Douglas-Home (1903), Alec Guinness (1914), Ronald Coase (1910), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), John Bowlby (1907), and George Michael (1963).

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Among politicians born in United Kingdom, Halford Mackinder ranks 64Before him are Oswald Mosley (1896), David II of Scotland (1324), Randal Cremer (1828), Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (1220), Anne Neville (1456), and Theresa May (1956). After him are Alec Douglas-Home (1903), Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York (1411), Edmund I (921), Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales (1453), Æthelred the Unready (968), and Æthelred I, King of Wessex (837).