Joseph Merrick

1862 - 1890

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Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890), often erroneously called John Merrick, was an English man known for having severe deformities. He was first exhibited at a freak show under the stage name, "the Elephant Man", and then went to live at the London Hospital after he met Sir Frederick Treves, subsequently becoming well known in London society. Merrick was born in Leicester and began to develop abnormally before the age of five. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Merrick has received more than 6,377,117 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Joseph Merrick is the 10th most popular celebrity (up from 11th in 2019), the 303rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 287th in 2019) and the most popular British Celebrity.

Joseph Merrick, also known as "The Elephant Man," was born in 1862 and died in 1890. He was born with a rare genetic condition called Proteus Syndrome. This condition caused him to have a severely deformed body and a large, lumpy head. He was exhibited as a human curiosity in freak shows across England and Europe.

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Among celebrities, Joseph Merrick ranks 10 out of 184Before him are Jeanne Calment, Kaspar Hauser, Robert Wadlow, Lisa del Giocondo, Buffalo Bill, and Lina Medina. After him are Simonetta Vespucci, Black Dahlia, Millvina Dean, Anna Anderson, Empress Michiko, and Mary Mallon.

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Among people born in 1862, Joseph Merrick ranks 10Before him are David Hilbert, Philipp Lenard, O. Henry, Gerhart Hauptmann, Arthur Schnitzler, and Aristide Briand. After him are William Henry Bragg, Allvar Gullstrand, Hilma af Klint, J. Bruce Ismay, Pyotr Stolypin, and Victoria of Baden. Among people deceased in 1890, Joseph Merrick ranks 8Before him are Heinrich Schliemann, Carlo Collodi, Sitting Bull, César Franck, William III of the Netherlands, and Amadeo I of Spain. After him are Henri Nestlé, Gyula Andrássy, Duchess Helene in Bavaria, Richard Francis Burton, Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, and John Henry Newman.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Joseph Merrick ranks 303 out of 6,924Before him are Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (1947), Oswald Mosley (1896), Jane Goodall (1934), Richard Trevithick (1771), Jacqueline Bisset (1944), and Syd Barrett (1946). After him are Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (1901), G. H. Hardy (1877), Patrick Stewart (1940), Jeremy Irons (1948), Eadweard Muybridge (1830), and Ken Miles (1918).

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Among celebrities born in United Kingdom, Joseph Merrick ranks 1After him are Millvina Dean (1912), Mary Mallon (1869), Mary Anning (1799), Albert Pierrepoint (1905), Christine Keeler (1942), Daisy and Violet Hilton (null), Jane Morris (1839), and Louise Brown (1978).