Mary Anning

1799 - 1847

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Mary Anning (21 May 1799 – 9 March 1847) was an English fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist who became known around the world for the discoveries she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis in the county of Dorset in Southwest England. Anning's findings contributed to changes in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth. Anning searched for fossils in the area's Blue Lias and Charmouth Mudstone cliffs, particularly during the winter months when landslides exposed new fossils that had to be collected quickly before they were lost to the sea. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mary Anning has received more than 2,608,326 page views. Her biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Mary Anning is the 28th most popular celebrity (down from 25th in 2019), the 815th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 720th in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Celebrity.

Mary Anning was a fossil hunter and paleontologist. She became famous for her discoveries of ichthyosaurus and plesiosaurus fossils.

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Among celebrities, Mary Anning ranks 28 out of 184Before her are Philippe Petit, Don King, Jacques Mayol, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, Peggy Guggenheim, and Dodi Fayed. After her are Marie Duplessis, Rosemary Kennedy, Cecilia Gallerani, Mehran Karimi Nasseri, Sarah Knauss, and Jean-Marie Loret.

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Among people born in 1799, Mary Anning ranks 9Before her are Oscar I of Sweden, Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron, William Lassell, Karl Bryullov, Charles II, Duke of Parma, and Gustav, Prince of Vasa. After her are Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander, Fromental Halévy, Anna Atkins, Rodolphe Töpffer, Karl Adolph von Basedow, and Christian Friedrich Schönbein. Among people deceased in 1847, Mary Anning ranks 8Before her are Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma, Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen, Fanny Mendelssohn, Emmanuel de Grouchy, marquis de Grouchy, John Franklin, and Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary. After her are Marie Duplessis, Jules de Polignac, Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard Grandville, Adélaïde d'Orléans, Alexandre Brongniart, and Archduke Friedrich of Austria.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Mary Anning ranks 815 out of 6,924Before her are Marty Feldman (1934), Robert Powell (1944), Malcolm III of Scotland (1031), Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (1982), Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales (1473), and Matt Busby (1909). After her are Edward Kelley (1555), Benedict Cumberbatch (1976), Robert FitzRoy (1805), Archibald Hill (1886), Leonora Carrington (1917), and William Bateson (1861).

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Among celebrities born in United Kingdom, Mary Anning ranks 4Before her are Joseph Merrick (1862), Millvina Dean (1912), and Mary Mallon (1869). After her are Albert Pierrepoint (1905), Christine Keeler (1942), Daisy and Violet Hilton (null), Jane Morris (1839), and Louise Brown (1978).