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 double agent for the Soviet Union. In 1963 he was revealed to be a member of the Cambridge Five, a spy ring which passed information to the Soviet Union during World War II and in the early stages of the Cold War. Of the five, Philby is believed to have been most successful in providing secret information to the Soviets.Born in British India, Philby was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kim Philby has received more than 2,749,276 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Kim Philby is the 363rd most popular military personnel (down from 233rd in 2019), the 96th most popular biography from India (down from 62nd in 2019) and the most popular Indian Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Kim Philby ranks 363 out of 1,466. Before him are Henri Giraud, Laurent de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, Gerhard von Scharnhorst, Louis-Gabriel Suchet, Günther Rall, and La Hire. After him are Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg, Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, François Achille Bazaine, Okita Sōji, Jean-Andoche Junot, and Bahram Chobin.

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Among people born in 1912, Kim Philby ranks 45Before him are Karl Malden, Edward Mills Purcell, Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, Chien-Shiung Wu, Juan Pujol García, and Don Siegel. After him are Isser Harel, Ghazi of Iraq, Georg Solti, Taiichi Ohno, Minoru Yamasaki, and Elsa Morante. Among people deceased in 1988, Kim Philby ranks 20Before him are Raymond Carver, Felix Wankel, Virginia Satir, Luis Barragán, Juan Pujol García, and John Holmes. After him are Clifford D. Simak, Gert Fröbe, Paul Grice, Hiroaki Sato, Klaus Fuchs, and Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad.

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Among people born in India, Kim Philby ranks 96 out of 1,227. Before him are Rajendra Prasad (1884), Deepak Chopra (1946), Engelbert Humperdinck (1936), Ahmed Deedat (1918), Samudragupta (335), and Shah Rukh Khan (1965). After him are Sambhaji (1657), Ramanuja (1017), Gerald Durrell (1925), Sarojini Naidu (1879), Guru Gobind Singh (1666), and Anthony de Mello (1931).


Among military personnels born in India, Kim Philby ranks 1After him are Mad Mike Hoare (1919), Baji Rao I (1700), Rash Behari Bose (1886), Orde Wingate (1903), Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (1832), Richard O'Connor (1889), Sam Manekshaw (1914), John Hunt, Baron Hunt (1910), Kenneth Anderson (1891), and Vikram Batra (1974).