Richard E. Byrd

1888 - 1957

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Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr. (October 25, 1888 – March 11, 1957), an American naval officer, was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. Aircraft flights in which he served as a navigator and expedition leader crossed the Atlantic Ocean, a segment of the Arctic Ocean, and a segment of the Antarctic Plateau. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard E. Byrd has received more than 3,092,672 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Richard E. Byrd is the 42nd most popular explorer (up from 77th in 2019), the 498th most popular biography from United States (up from 969th in 2019) and the most popular American Explorer.

Richard E. Byrd was an American naval officer and explorer. He was most famous for being the first person to fly over the North Pole.

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Among explorers, Richard E. Byrd ranks 42 out of 498Before him are Ingólfr Arnarson, Juan Ponce de León, Francisco de Orellana, Thorfinn Karlsefni, William Baffin, and Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen. After him are Frederick de Houtman, Sven Hedin, Zhang Qian, Diego de Almagro, Jacob Roggeveen, and Louis Antoine de Bougainville.

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Among people born in 1888, Richard E. Byrd ranks 24Before him are Roland Garros, C. V. Raman, Herbert Spencer Gasser, Frits Zernike, Alexander Friedmann, and Eugene O'Neill. After him are Friedrich Fromm, Johannes Itten, T. S. Eliot, Gerrit Rietveld, Maurice Chevalier, and F. W. Murnau. Among people deceased in 1957, Richard E. Byrd ranks 20Before him are Henry van de Velde, Constantin Brâncuși, Gichin Funakoshi, Gerty Cori, Gabriela Mistral, and Walther Bothe. After him are Irving Langmuir, Heinrich Otto Wieland, Joseph McCarthy, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Alfred Döblin, and Curzio Malaparte.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Richard E. Byrd ranks 498 out of 20,380Before him are Reese Witherspoon (1976), James Coburn (1928), Eugene O'Neill (1888), Ray Kroc (1902), Patricia Highsmith (1921), and George R. R. Martin (1948). After him are Francis Fukuyama (1952), Bill Murray (1950), Talia Shire (1946), Richard Stallman (1953), John Cazale (1935), and Jean Seberg (1938).

Among EXPLORERS In United States

Among explorers born in United States, Richard E. Byrd ranks 1After him are Davy Crockett (1786), Hugh Glass (1783), Calamity Jane (1852), Michael Rockefeller (1938), Sacagawea (1780), Frederick Cook (1865), Don Walsh (1931), Simon Fraser (1776), Jimmie Angel (1899), Lincoln Ellsworth (1880), and George W. De Long (1844).