Kim Philby

1912 - 1988

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Harold Adrian Russell "Kim" Philby (1 January 1912 – 11 May 1988) was a British intelligence officer and a spy for the Soviet Union. In 1963, he was revealed to be a member of the Cambridge Five, a spy ring which had divulged British secrets to the Soviets during World War II and in the early stages of the Cold War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kim Philby has received more than 5,257,058 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Kim Philby is the 341st most popular military personnel (down from 224th in 2019), the 105th most popular biography from India (down from 61st in 2019) and the most popular Indian Military Personnel.

Kim Philby was a British intelligence officer who was a member of the Cambridge Five spy ring. He was a double agent for the Soviet Union and is most famous for his espionage work.

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Among military personnels, Kim Philby ranks 341 out of 2,058Before him are Emilio De Bono, Wilhelm Bittrich, Yamagata Aritomo, Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, and Hans-Jürgen von Arnim. After him are Italo Gariboldi, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Eduard Dietl, Toyotomi Hideyori, Andrei Grechko, and Hans-Valentin Hube.

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Among people born in 1912, Kim Philby ranks 41Before him are Alois Brunner, Isser Harel, Pierre Boulle, Chien-Shiung Wu, Glenn T. Seaborg, and Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland. After him are Tibor Sekelj, Jozef Gabčík, Otto Ernst Remer, George Emil Palade, Julius Axelrod, and Otto Kretschmer. Among people deceased in 1988, Kim Philby ranks 21Before him are Trevor Howard, André Frédéric Cournand, Juan Pujol García, Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad, Raymond Carver, and John Holmes. After him are Tibor Sekelj, Felix Wankel, Clifford D. Simak, Virginia Satir, Richard S. Castellano, and Hiroaki Sato.

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In India

Among people born in India, Kim Philby ranks 105 out of 1,861Before him are Ravi Shankar (1920), Mahavatar Babaji (1900), Sarojini Naidu (1879), Basava (1134), Nizam-ul-Mulk, Asaf Jah I (1671), and Kasturba Gandhi (1869). After him are Syed Ahmad Khan (1817), Ahmed Deedat (1918), Razia Sultana (1205), Tukaram (1608), Mariam-uz-Zamani (1542), and Sushruta (-620).


Among military personnels born in India, Kim Philby ranks 1After him are Baji Rao I (1700), Tatya Tope (1814), Rash Behari Bose (1886), Orde Wingate (1903), Mad Mike Hoare (1919), Sam Manekshaw (1914), Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (1832), John Frost (1912), Somnath Sharma (1923), William Birdwood (1865), and Bakht Khan (1797).