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 421,004 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Paul Broca is the 10th most popular anthropologist (up from 11th in 2019), the 648th most popular biography from France (up from 707th 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 10 out of 69Before him are Margaret Mead, Franz Boas, Jane Goodall, Clifford Geertz, Lewis H. Morgan, and Ruth Benedict. After him are Gregory Bateson, Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, A. L. Kroeber, Eugène Dubois, Edward T. Hall, and E. E. Evans-Pritchard.

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

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Among people born in France, Paul Broca ranks 648 out of 5,234Before him are Jean-Henri Fabre (1823), René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683), Marin Marais (1656), Oenomaus (-105), Louis Auguste Blanqui (1805), and Paul Doumer (1857). After him are Michel Eugène Chevreul (1786), Albert Fert (1938), Hilary of Poitiers (315), Isabelle Adjani (1955), Édouard Lalo (1823), and Marie-Antoine Carême (1784).


Among anthropologists born in France, Paul Broca ranks 1After him are Marc Augé (1935), Pierre Clastres (1934), Jacques de Morgan (1857), Marcel Griaule (1898), and Alfred Sauvy (1898).