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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 445,678 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Paul Broca is the 9th most popular anthropologist (up from 10th in 2019), the 641st most popular biography from France (up from 647th 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 9 out of 69Before him are James George Frazer, Lewis H. Morgan, Jane Goodall, Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Franz Boas. After him are Clifford Geertz, Gregory Bateson, Eugène Dubois, Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, and Knud Rasmussen.

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Among people born in 1824, Paul Broca ranks 9Before him are Anton Bruckner, Gustav Kirchhoff, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Maria Alexandrovna, Jean-Léon Gérôme, and Eugène Boudin. After him are Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Marie Duplessis, Wilkie Collins, Antoine, Duke of Montpensier, Stonewall Jackson, and Carl Reinecke. 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, Emperor Norton, William Lassell, Ned Kelly, Anselm Feuerbach, Michel Chasles, and Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein.

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Among people born in France, Paul Broca ranks 641 out of 6,011Before him are Élisabeth of France (1764), Jean Parisot de Valette (1494), Albert Fert (1938), Alfred Jarry (1873), Alain Resnais (1922), and Daniel Auber (1782). After him are Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), Éliphas Lévi (1810), Jean Jaurès (1859), Clotilde (475), Lazare Carnot (1753), and Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774).


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), Maurice Godelier (1934), Alfred Sauvy (1898), Marcellin Boule (1861), and Françoise Héritier (1933).