Mary Kingsley

1862 - 1900

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Mary Henrietta Kingsley (13 October 1862 – 3 June 1900) was an English ethnographer, scientific writer, and explorer whose travels throughout West Africa and resulting work helped shape European perceptions of African cultures and British imperialism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mary Kingsley has received more than 216,430 page views. Her biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Mary Kingsley is the 111th most popular explorer (up from 114th in 2019), the 950th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 915th in 2019) and the 16th most popular British Explorer.

Mary Kingsley was a British explorer and writer who traveled to Africa in the late 1800s. She is most famous for her book Travels in West Africa, which she wrote about her travels in Africa.

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Among explorers, Mary Kingsley ranks 111 out of 405Before her are Adam Johann von Krusenstern, Semyon Dezhnev, Pedro Fernandes de Queirós, Heinrich Barth, Bernal Díaz del Castillo, and Willem Schouten. After her are Johann Karl Ehrenfried Kegel, Alvise Cadamosto, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Salomon August Andrée, Alexander Mackenzie, and George Vancouver.

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Among people born in 1862, Mary Kingsley ranks 33Before her are Victor, Prince Napoléon, Silvio Gesell, Helene Schjerfbeck, Daniel Swarovski, Edith Wharton, and Prince Henry of Prussia. After her are Aurel Stein, Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal, Maurice Barrès, Ugyen Wangchuck, Mary Anderson, and Georges Feydeau. Among people deceased in 1900, Mary Kingsley ranks 21Before her are Emil Škoda, François d'Orléans, Prince of Joinville, Robert Luther, Armand David, Nicolas Chauvin, and Isaac Levitan. After her are Princess Josephine of Baden, José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Francis, Duke of Teck, Frederic Edwin Church, Zdeněk Fibich, and Naim Frashëri.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Mary Kingsley ranks 950 out of 6,924Before her are Philip Noel-Baker (1889), James Mason (1909), Samuel Butler (1612), Roger Scruton (1944), Michael Smith (1932), and Stephen Frears (1941). After her are Shirley Bassey (1937), Hugh Lofting (1886), John Berger (1926), Naomi Campbell (1970), J. B. S. Haldane (1892), and Damon Hill (1960).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, Mary Kingsley ranks 16Before her are Richard Francis Burton (1821), James Clark Ross (1800), William Dampier (1651), John Davis (1550), Thomas Cavendish (1560), and Robert FitzRoy (1805). After her are Alexander Mackenzie (1764), George Vancouver (1757), Isabella Bird (1831), Martin Frobisher (1535), John Rolfe (1585), and Samuel Wallis (1728).