James Herriot

1916 - 1995

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James Alfred Wight (3 October 1916 – 23 February 1995), better known by his pen name James Herriot, was a British veterinary surgeon and author. Born in Sunderland, Wight graduated from Glasgow Veterinary College in 1939, returning to England to become a veterinary surgeon in Yorkshire, where he practised for almost 50 years. He is best known for writing a series of eight books set in the 1930s–1950s Yorkshire Dales about veterinary practice, animals, and their owners, which began with If Only They Could Talk, first published in 1970. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Herriot has received more than 2,315,998 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). James Herriot is the 1,792nd most popular writer (up from 2,237th in 2019), the 1,395th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,636th in 2019) and the 161st most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, James Herriot ranks 1,792 out of 5,794Before him are Mór Jókai, Ruan Ji, Patrick O'Brian, Agnes Smedley, Robert Brasillach, and Ernst Robert Curtius. After him are Jean François Paul de Gondi, Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, Jean Raspail, Cornelis Tromp, Jón Arason, and José Mauro de Vasconcelos.

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Among people born in 1916, James Herriot ranks 79Before him are Bernard Blier, Giorgio Bassani, James B. Donovan, Ernst Wilimowski, Sterling Hayden, and Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann. After him are Yekaterina Budanova, Luigi Comencini, Julio César Turbay Ayala, José Manuel Moreno, Pierre Messmer, and Hamani Diori. Among people deceased in 1995, James Herriot ranks 76Before him are Takeo Fukuda, Mehdi Bazargan, Chen Yun, Eileen Chang, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Georges J. F. Köhler. After him are Eazy-E, Krešimir Ćosić, Srinagarindra, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Sicco Mansholt, and Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, James Herriot ranks 1,395 out of 6,924Before him are John Gould (1804), Peter Mayhew (1944), Frances Shand Kydd (1936), Patrick O'Brian (1914), Elizabeth Blount (1500), and Jacquetta of Luxembourg (1415). After him are Roger Deakins (1949), George Young (1946), Piers Courage (1942), Daisy and Violet Hilton (null), Greg Lake (1947), and Blanche of Lancaster (1345).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, James Herriot ranks 161Before him are Ted Hughes (1930), David Lodge (1935), Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany (1878), Michael Jackson (1942), David Ogilvy (1911), and Patrick O'Brian (1914). After him are Edward Young (1683), Arthur Machen (1863), Thomas Wyatt (1503), Christopher Isherwood (1904), Vera Brittain (1893), and Peter Shaffer (1926).