Michael Rockefeller

1938 - 1963

Michael Rockefeller

Michael Clark Rockefeller (May 18, 1938 – presumed to have died November 19, 1961) was the fifth child of New York Governor and future U.S. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, and a fourth-generation member of the Rockefeller family. He disappeared during an expedition in the Asmat region of southwestern Netherlands New Guinea, which is now a part of Indonesian province of Papua. In 2014, Carl Hoffman published a book that went into detail about the inquest into his killing, in which villagers and tribal elders admit to Rockefeller being killed after he swam to shore in 1961. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Rockefeller has received more than 973,035 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 186th most popular explorer.

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Among explorers, Michael Rockefeller ranks 187 out of 367Before him are Oscar Wisting, Jim Bridger, Jimmie Angel, Philip Johan von Strahlenberg, Niccolò de' Conti, and Alejandro Malaspina. After him are Ruy López de Villalobos, Don Walsh, Jacob van Heemskerck, Otto Finsch, Anthony van Diemen, and Pedro Arias Dávila.

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Among people born in 1938, Michael Rockefeller ranks 157Before him are Isabelle Aubret, Goh Kun, Jesús María Pereda, Tatsuya Shiji, Seishiro Shimatani, and Ove Andersson. After him are Benjamin Mkapa, Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Rauno Aaltonen, Jacqueline Andere, and Tufuga Efi. Among people deceased in 1963, Michael Rockefeller ranks 68Before him are Georg Lindemann, Ngô Đình Nhu, Jacques Villon, Gustaf Gründgens, Ernst Marischka, and Gustave Garrigou. After him are Otto Struve, Fritz Reiner, Fazlollah Zahedi, Alan Gardiner, Berthold, Margrave of Baden, and Hubert Pierlot.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Michael Rockefeller ranks 2,592 out of 12,171Before him are James Rothman (1950), Rob Schneider (1963), John Gavin (1931), Randy Rhoads (1956), Frances Conroy (1953), and Edgar Snow (1905). After him are Barbara Liskov (1939), Sam Rockwell (1968), Kamehameha II (1797), Frederick Wiseman (1930), Jerome Robbins (1918), and John Bates Clark (1847).

Among EXPLORERS In United States

Among explorers born in United States, Michael Rockefeller ranks 10Before him are Frederick Cook (1865), Calamity Jane (1852), Daniel Boone (1734), Jedediah Smith (1799), Jim Bridger (1804), and Jimmie Angel (1899). After him are Don Walsh (1931), George W. De Long (1844), Lincoln Ellsworth (1880), Roy Chapman Andrews (1884), William Clark (1770), and Edward S. Curtis (1868).