Karel Čapek

1890 - 1938

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Karel Čapek (Czech: [ˈkarɛl ˈtʃapɛk] ; 9 January 1890 – 25 December 1938) was a Czech writer, playwright, critic and journalist. He has become best known for his science fiction, including his novel War with the Newts (1936) and play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots, 1920), which introduced the word robot. He also wrote many politically charged works dealing with the social turmoil of his time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karel Čapek has received more than 941,024 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Karel Čapek is the 171st most popular writer (up from 173rd in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Czechia (down from 17th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Czech Writer.

Karel Čapek is most famous for his play, "R.U.R." which introduced the word "robot" to the English language.

Memorability Metrics

  • 940k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 73.44

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 78

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.91

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.81

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Válka s mloky
Povídky z druhé kapsy
Továrna na absolutno

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Over the past year Karel Čapek has had the most page views in the with 231,315 views, followed by English (106,471), and Russian (39,777). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Kazakh (106.64%), Hindi (86.30%), and Ido (78.77%)


Among writers, Karel Čapek ranks 171 out of 7,302Before him are Nicolas Flamel, Ivan Turgenev, H. G. Wells, Pindar, Yasunari Kawabata, and Orhan Pamuk. After him are Pliny the Younger, François-René de Chateaubriand, Wisława Szymborska, Taras Shevchenko, Luigi Pirandello, and Svetlana Alexievich.

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Among people born in 1890, Karel Čapek ranks 10Before him are Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ho Chi Minh, Friedrich Paulus, Vyacheslav Molotov, Boris Pasternak, and Egon Schiele. After him are Alfred Jodl, Fritz Lang, Kurt Lewin, George II of Greece, Lawrence Bragg, and Colonel Sanders. Among people deceased in 1938, Karel Čapek ranks 3Before him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and Edmund Husserl. After him are Georges Méliès, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Konstantin Stanislavski, Nikolai Bukharin, Kanō Jigorō, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Béla Kun, and Faustina Kowalska.

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In Czechia

Among people born in Czechia, Karel Čapek ranks 19 out of 1,200Before him are Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1316), Edmund Husserl (1859), Jan Žižka (1360), Alphonse Mucha (1860), Ferdinand Porsche (1875), and John of Nepomuk (1350). After him are Wilhelm Steinitz (1836), Albrecht von Wallenstein (1583), Kurt Gödel (1906), Joseph Schumpeter (1883), Bertha von Suttner (1843), and Ernst Mach (1838).

Among WRITERS In Czechia

Among writers born in Czechia, Karel Čapek ranks 5Before him are Franz Kafka (1883), Milan Kundera (1929), Václav Havel (1936), and Rainer Maria Rilke (1875). After him are Jaroslav Hašek (1883), Max Brod (1884), Milena Jesenská (1896), Bohumil Hrabal (1914), Franz Werfel (1890), Jaroslav Seifert (1901), and Karl Kraus (1874).