John Muir

1838 - 1914

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John Muir ( MURE; April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914), also known as "John of the Mountains" and "Father of the National Parks", was an influential Scottish-American: 42  naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, botanist, zoologist, glaciologist, and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States of America. His letters, essays, and books describing his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park, and his example has served as an inspiration for the preservation of many other wilderness areas. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Muir has received more than 3,616,002 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). John Muir is the 19th most popular mountaineer, the 1,595th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,533rd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Mountaineer.

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Among mountaineers, John Muir ranks 19 out of 44Before him are Maurice Herzog, Jacques Balmat, Achille Compagnoni, Wanda Rutkiewicz, Kurt Diemberger, and Matthias Zurbriggen. After him are Lino Lacedelli, Lionel Terray, Andrew Irvine, Alain Robert, Jon Krakauer, and Anatoli Boukreev.

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Among people born in 1838, John Muir ranks 40Before him are Süleyman Hüsnü Pasha, Duchess Alexandra of Oldenburg, Vatroslav Jagić, Edwin Abbott Abbott, Fredrik Idestam, and Prince Louis, Count of Trani. After him are Konstanty Kalinowski, Henry Sidgwick, Duke Philipp of Württemberg, Jean-Paul Laurens, James Craig Watson, and George William Hill. Among people deceased in 1914, John Muir ranks 44Before him are John Henry Poynting, Pyotr Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky, Jurji Zaydan, Theodor Lipps, Charles Martin Hall, and Julio Argentino Roca. After him are Stevan Mokranjac, Ödön Lechner, Prince Friedrich of Saxe-Meiningen, George William Hill, Ivan Zajc, and Frederick Lorz.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Muir ranks 1,595 out of 6,924Before him are Beorhtric of Wessex (800), Tom Courtenay (1937), Rupert Grint (1988), Michael Owen (1979), John Fletcher (1579), and Jeff Lynne (1947). After him are Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (1770), Beau Brummell (1778), Stephen Langton (1150), Anthony Blunt (1907), Wendy Hiller (1912), and Francis Rossi (1949).

Among MOUNTAINEERS In United Kingdom

Among mountaineers born in United Kingdom, John Muir ranks 3Before him are George Mallory (1886) and Edward Whymper (1840). After him are Andrew Irvine (1902) and Verney Lovett Cameron (1844).