Pierre Boulle

1912 - 1994

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Pierre François Marie Louis Boulle (20 February 1912 – 30 January 1994) was a French novelist best known for two works, The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) and Planet of the Apes (1963), that were both made into award-winning films.Boulle was an engineer serving as a secret agent with the Free French in Singapore, when he was captured and subjected to two years' forced labour. He used these experiences in The Bridge over the River Kwai, about the notorious Death Railway, which became an international bestseller. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre Boulle has received more than 472,298 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Pierre Boulle is the 681st most popular writer (up from 693rd in 2019), the 791st most popular biography from France (down from 776th in 2019) and the 111th most popular Writer.

Pierre Boulle is most famous for his novel "The Bridge over the River Kwai" which was later made into a movie.

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Among writers, Pierre Boulle ranks 681 out of 5,755Before him are Ivan Goncharov, Antoine François Prévost, Ryszard Kapuściński, Osip Mandelstam, H. L. Mencken, and Thomas Hardy. After him are Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Tony Buzan, Periander, Alain-René Lesage, Clarice Lispector, and Luis de Góngora.

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Among people born in 1912, Pierre Boulle ranks 31Before him are Kim Philby, James Callaghan, Konrad Emil Bloch, Robert Doisneau, Maria Mandl, and Alois Brunner. After him are Sergiu Celibidache, Edward Mills Purcell, Jozef Gabčík, Otto Ernst Remer, Minoru Yamasaki, and Leonid Kantorovich. Among people deceased in 1994, Pierre Boulle ranks 34Before him are Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia, Robert Doisneau, Vladimir Ivashko, Gian Maria Volonté, Domenico Modugno, and Witold Lutosławski. After him are Marija Gimbutas, Raul Julia, Roger Wolcott Sperry, Paul Delvaux, Juvénal Habyarimana, and Fernando Rey.

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In France

Among people born in France, Pierre Boulle ranks 791 out of 6,011Before him are Vincent Cassel (1966), Françoise Marie de Bourbon (1677), Bernart de Ventadorn (1135), Charlotte of Savoy (1441), Girard Desargues (1591), and Antoine François Prévost (1697). After him are Lorin Maazel (1930), Jacques de Vaucanson (1709), Louise Élisabeth of France (1727), Alain-René Lesage (1668), Dagobert II (650), and Edmond James de Rothschild (1845).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Pierre Boulle ranks 111Before him are Frontinus (30), Georges Perec (1936), Alfred de Vigny (1797), Raymond Queneau (1903), Bernart de Ventadorn (1135), and Antoine François Prévost (1697). After him are Alain-René Lesage (1668), Ninon de l'Enclos (1620), Pierre de Ronsard (1524), Jean Froissart (1337), Chevalier d'Éon (1728), and Sidonius Apollinaris (430).