Hubert Wilkins

1888 - 1958

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Sir George Hubert Wilkins MC & Bar (31 October 1888 – 30 November 1958), commonly referred to as Captain Wilkins, was an Australian polar explorer, ornithologist, pilot, soldier, geographer and photographer. He was awarded the Military Cross after he assumed command of a group of American soldiers who had lost their officers during the Battle of the Hindenburg Line, and became the only official Australian photographer from any war to receive a combat medal. He narrowly failed in an attempt to be the first to cross under the North Pole in a submarine, but was able to prove that submarines were capable of operating beneath the polar ice cap, thereby paving the way for future successful missions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hubert Wilkins has received more than 208,821 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia. Hubert Wilkins is the 473rd most popular explorer (down from 431st in 2019), the 338th most popular biography from Australia (down from 292nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Australian Explorer.

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  • 19

    Languages Editions (L)

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Over the past year Hubert Wilkins has had the most page views in the with 41,378 views, followed by German (3,494), and Russian (2,675). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Swedish (108.23%), Irish (73.73%), and English (57.92%)


Among explorers, Hubert Wilkins ranks 473 out of 498Before him are Henry Robertson Bowers, Nain Singh, Tom Crean, Oscar Baumann, George Grey, and Jan Carstenszoon. After him are Tryggve Gran, Adolphus Greely, Wiley Post, Elisha Kent Kane, Samuel Hearne, and David Thompson.

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Among people born in 1888, Hubert Wilkins ranks 258Before him are George B. Seitz, Jan Palouš, Josef Ternström, Gabriel Thorstensen, Lowell Sherman, and Joyce Cary. After him are Tryggve Gran, Christian Gitsham, Walther Penck, Jack Holt, Harold Hardwick, and Alexander Alfonsovich Grossheim. Among people deceased in 1958, Hubert Wilkins ranks 181Before him are Alma Bennett, Paul Pilgrim, Marie Pujmanová, Émile Delchambre, Mark Jones, and Barbara Bennett. After him are Endre Tilli, The Boswell Sisters, Archie Scott Brown, Eleanor Hallowell Abbott, Charles F. Kettering, and Vilhelm Wolfhagen.

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In Australia

Among people born in Australia, Hubert Wilkins ranks 338 out of 1,143Before him are Vivian McGrath (1916), Clare Dennis (1916), Pam Kilborn (1939), Aurelio Vidmar (1967), Arthur O'Hara Wood (1890), and Marilyn Black (1944). After him are Cody Fern (1988), Courtney Eaton (1996), Frank Forde (1890), James Anderson (1894), Joyce King (1920), and Margaret Molesworth (1894).

Among EXPLORERS In Australia

Among explorers born in Australia, Hubert Wilkins ranks 2Before him are Luís Vaz de Torres (1565). After him are John Forrest (1847), Hamilton Hume (1797), and Tim Flannery (1956).