Paul Broca

1824 - 1880

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Pierre Paul Broca (, also UK: , US: , French: [pɔl bʁɔka]; 28 June 1824 – 9 July 1880) was a French physician, anatomist and anthropologist. He is best known for his research on Broca's area, a region of the frontal lobe that is named after him. Broca's area is involved with language. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Broca has received more than 523,920 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Paul Broca is the 7th most popular anthropologist (up from 10th in 2019), the 679th most popular biography from France (down from 640th in 2019) and the most popular French Anthropologist.

Paul Broca is most famous for his discovery of Broca's area, a region of the brain that is responsible for speech production.

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Among anthropologists, Paul Broca ranks 7 out of 93Before him are Claude Lévi-Strauss, Bronisław Malinowski, James George Frazer, Jane Goodall, Edward Burnett Tylor, and Lewis H. Morgan. After him are Margaret Mead, Franz Boas, Ruth Benedict, Gregory Bateson, Clifford Geertz, and Knud Rasmussen.

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Among people born in 1824, Paul Broca ranks 9Before him are Alexandre Dumas fils, Gustav Kirchhoff, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Eugène Boudin, Jean-Léon Gérôme, and Maria Alexandrovna. After him are Pierre Janssen, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Wilkie Collins, Marie Duplessis, Carl Reinecke, and Dayananda Saraswati. Among people deceased in 1880, Paul Broca ranks 5Before him are Gustave Flaubert, Jacques Offenbach, Maria Alexandrovna, and George Eliot. After him are Henryk Wieniawski, William Lassell, Ned Kelly, Anselm Feuerbach, Michel Chasles, Emperor Norton, and Bettino Ricasoli.

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Among people born in France, Paul Broca ranks 679 out of 6,770Before him are Pope Stephen IX (1020), Jean Jaurès (1859), Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698), Gaston, Duke of Orléans (1608), Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans (1676), and Ninon de l'Enclos (1620). After him are Paul Dukas (1865), Vincent Auriol (1884), Louis Néel (1904), Gabriel Tarde (1843), Alexandre Cabanel (1823), and Richard II, Duke of Normandy (963).


Among anthropologists born in France, Paul Broca ranks 1After him are Marc Augé (1935), Jacques de Morgan (1857), Pierre Clastres (1934), Marcel Griaule (1898), Georges Vacher de Lapouge (1854), Alfred Sauvy (1898), Maurice Godelier (1934), Georges Balandier (1920), Philippe Descola (1949), Yves Coppens (1934), and Marcellin Boule (1861).