Patrick O'Brian

1914 - 2000

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Patrick O'Brian, CBE (12 December 1914 – 2 January 2000), born Richard Patrick Russ, was an English novelist and translator, best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of sea novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, and centred on the friendship of the English naval captain Jack Aubrey and the Irish–Catalan physician Stephen Maturin. The 20-novel series, the first of which is Master and Commander, is known for its well-researched and highly detailed portrayal of early 19th-century life, as well as its authentic and evocative language. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Patrick O'Brian has received more than 1,052,708 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Patrick O'Brian is the 1,788th most popular writer (up from 1,821st in 2019), the 1,392nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,379th in 2019) and the 160th most popular British Writer.

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  • 24

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  • 4.29

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  • 2.91

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Among writers, Patrick O'Brian ranks 1,788 out of 5,794Before him are Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, Handrij Zejler, Bharata Muni, Gustav Landauer, Mór Jókai, and Ruan Ji. After him are Agnes Smedley, Robert Brasillach, Ernst Robert Curtius, James Herriot, Jean François Paul de Gondi, and Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall.

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Among people born in 1914, Patrick O'Brian ranks 90Before him are Pietro Germi, Kurt Franz, Saul Steinberg, Woody Strode, George Reeves, and Larbi Benbarek. After him are Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven, Erich Topp, Bernard Malamud, J. Lee Thompson, Nicolas de Staël, and Omar Ali Saifuddien III. Among people deceased in 2000, Patrick O'Brian ranks 72Before him are Baden Powell, Phạm Văn Đồng, Kemal Sunal, Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Maurice Richard, and Jean-Pierre Rampal. After him are Claude Sautet, Tito Puente, Steven Runciman, Charles M. Schulz, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and Libertad Lamarque.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Patrick O'Brian ranks 1,392 out of 6,924Before him are Samuel Bellamy (1689), Reginald Lee (1870), Edward Frankland (1825), John Gould (1804), Peter Mayhew (1944), and Frances Shand Kydd (1936). After him are Elizabeth Blount (1500), Jacquetta of Luxembourg (1415), James Herriot (1916), Roger Deakins (1949), George Young (1946), and Piers Courage (1942).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Patrick O'Brian ranks 160Before him are Gerald Gardner (1884), Ted Hughes (1930), David Lodge (1935), Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany (1878), Michael Jackson (1942), and David Ogilvy (1911). After him are James Herriot (1916), Edward Young (1683), Arthur Machen (1863), Thomas Wyatt (1503), Christopher Isherwood (1904), and Vera Brittain (1893).