Mortimer Wheeler

1890 - 1976

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Sir Robert Eric Mortimer Wheeler (10 September 1890 – 22 July 1976) was a British archaeologist and officer in the British Army. Over the course of his career, he served as Director of both the National Museum of Wales and London Museum, Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India, and the founder and Honorary Director of the Institute of Archaeology in London, in addition to writing twenty-four books on archaeological subjects. Born in Glasgow to a middle-class family, Wheeler was raised largely in Yorkshire before moving to London in his teenage years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mortimer Wheeler has received more than 370,300 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Mortimer Wheeler is the 97th most popular archaeologist (down from 85th in 2019), the 4,248th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 23rd most popular British Archaeologist.

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Among archaeologists, Mortimer Wheeler ranks 97 out of 104Before him are Michael D. Coe, Arthur Surridge Hunt, Franz Weidenreich, Ian Hodder, Bernard Pyne Grenfell, and John M. Allegro. After him are Grafton Elliot Smith, Colin Groves, Nancy Dupree, Grahame Clark, Davidson Black, and J. P. Mallory.

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Among people born in 1890, Mortimer Wheeler ranks 185Before him are Verna Felton, Eoin O'Duffy, Grigory Landsberg, Edward Arnold, Roberto Urdaneta Arbeláez, and Edgar Kennedy. After him are Ödön Tersztyánszky, May Allison, Gopinath Bordoloi, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Fred M. Vinson, and Lewis H. Brereton. Among people deceased in 1976, Mortimer Wheeler ranks 195Before him are Miriam Cooper, Horacio Muñoz, Sybil Thorndike, Camilo Ponce Enríquez, Maria Klenova, and Toni Ulmen. After him are Hugo Wieslander, Tibor Csík, Hans Theilig, Sid James, Károly Takács, and DeHart Hubbard.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Mortimer Wheeler ranks 4,248 out of 6,924Before him are Iwan Rheon (1985), Harry Hay (1912), Tommy Docherty (1928), Holly Johnson (1960), Peter Giles (1944), and Jimmy Stewart (1931). After him are Tommy Flowers (1905), Richard J. Evans (1947), Cherie Blair (1954), Henry Sweet (1845), Guy Fletcher (1960), and Edgeworth David (1858).

Among ARCHAEOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among archaeologists born in United Kingdom, Mortimer Wheeler ranks 23Before him are John Marshall (1876), James Mellaart (1925), Arthur Surridge Hunt (1871), Ian Hodder (1948), Bernard Pyne Grenfell (1869), and John M. Allegro (1923). After him are Colin Groves (1942), Grahame Clark (1907), and J. P. Mallory (1945).