Jacques Futrelle

1875 - 1912

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Jacques Heath Futrelle (April 9, 1875 – April 15, 1912) was an American journalist and mystery writer. He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, also known as "The Thinking Machine" for his use of logic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques Futrelle has received more than 392,582 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Jacques Futrelle is the 2,179th most popular writer (up from 2,378th in 2019), the 2,724th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,071st in 2019) and the 237th most popular American Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 390k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 55.59

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 15

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.89

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 1.66

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

The diamond master
Massachusetts, fiction, Fiction, mystery & detective, general
The chase of the golden plate
Fiction, mystery & detective, general, Fiction, crime, Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen (Fictitious character)
My lady's garter
The thinking machine
American Detective and mystery stories, Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen (Fictitious character), College teachers
Elusive Isabel
United states, fiction, Fiction, mystery & detective, general
The Problem of Cell 13
fiction, mystery, thriller
‘Lock me in any cell in any prison anywhere at any time, wearing only normal clothes and I’ll escape in a week.’ For Professor Van Dusen, otherwise known as ‘The Thinking Machine’, nothing is impossible. Logic is his passion. One hour later he finds himself locked up in Chisholm prison and has to use all his mental resources to find the solution to the problem. Dossiers: Other Prison Stories Futrelle’s Death on the Titanic

Page views of Jacques Futrelles by language

Over the past year Jacques Futrelle has had the most page views in the with 73,760 views, followed by French (17,218), and German (16,875). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Portuguese (137.22%), French (125.46%), and Egyptian Arabic (88.89%)


Among writers, Jacques Futrelle ranks 2,179 out of 7,302Before him are Herman Bang, Alexander Imich, S. S. Van Dine, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Apollonius Dyscolus, and Dagny Juel. After him are Erich Mühsam, Leonora Christina Ulfeldt, Fernando de Rojas, Mikha'il Na'ima, Roger Peyrefitte, and Ramdhari Singh Dinkar.

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Among people born in 1875, Jacques Futrelle ranks 63Before him are Shaul Tchernichovsky, Jacques Villon, Prince Franz of Bavaria, Pierre Monteux, Albert Ketèlbey, and Konstantin Hierl. After him are Henning Jakob Henrik Lund, Robert Garrett, Eugen Schauman, Gustav Flatow, Ferdinand Sauerbruch, and Seyyed Hossein Borujerdi. Among people deceased in 1912, Jacques Futrelle ranks 50Before him are Jack Phillips, Infanta María Teresa of Spain, Thomas Byles, Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna of Russia, Gustave de Molinari, and Herman Bang. After him are Eduard Strasburger, Archibald Gracie IV, Duchess Marie Gabrielle in Bavaria, Giovanni Pascoli, James S. Sherman, and George Maximilianovich, 6th Duke of Leuchtenberg.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jacques Futrelle ranks 2,724 out of 20,380Before him are Jo Van Fleet (1915), Ric Flair (1949), S. S. Van Dine (1888), John Havlicek (1940), Claire Lee Chennault (1890), and Nichelle Nichols (1932). After him are Joey DeMaio (1954), Billy Drago (1945), Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. (1886), Ronald Lauder (1944), Perry King (1948), and J. P. Guilford (1897).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Jacques Futrelle ranks 237Before him are John Kennedy Toole (1937), Ed McBain (1926), Flannery O'Connor (1925), Siri Hustvedt (1955), Nelson Algren (1909), and S. S. Van Dine (1888). After him are Samuel R. Delany (1942), E. L. Doctorow (1931), Alfred Bester (1913), Erich Segal (1937), Audre Lorde (1934), and Joseph Heller (1923).