Richard Francis Burton

1821 - 1890

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Sir Richard Francis Burton (; 19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) was a British explorer, writer, scholar, and soldier. He was famed for his travels and explorations in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Francis Burton has received more than 1,263,364 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Richard Francis Burton is the 59th most popular explorer (down from 55th in 2019), the 526th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 456th in 2019) and the 10th most popular British Explorer.

Richard Francis Burton is most famous for his translation of "The Arabian Nights" and his exploration of Africa.

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Among explorers, Richard Francis Burton ranks 59 out of 405Before him are Ernest Shackleton, John Smith, Hernando de Soto, William Baffin, Samuel de Champlain, and Hanno the Navigator. After him are James Clark Ross, Diogo Cão, Jules Dumont d'Urville, Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, Alonso de Ojeda, and William Dampier.

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Among people born in 1821, Richard Francis Burton ranks 8Before him are Charles Baudelaire, Gustave Flaubert, Hermann von Helmholtz, Rudolf Virchow, Pafnuty Chebyshev, and August Schleicher. After him are Lola Montez, Auguste Mariette, Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria, Elizabeth Blackwell, Pauline Viardot, and Henri-Frédéric Amiel. Among people deceased in 1890, Richard Francis Burton ranks 12Before him are William III of the Netherlands, Amadeo I of Spain, Joseph Merrick, Henri Nestlé, Gyula Andrássy, and Duchess Helene in Bavaria. After him are Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, John Henry Newman, Niels Gade, William Kemmler, Gottfried Keller, and Antoine, Duke of Montpensier.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Richard Francis Burton ranks 526 out of 6,924Before him are Prince Andrew, Duke of York (1960), George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (1592), Daphne du Maurier (1907), James II of Scotland (1430), John Franklin (1786), and Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (1863). After him are James Clark Ross (1800), Nigel Mansell (1953), Gordon Banks (1937), James III of Scotland (1451), Edmund Ironside (993), and A. S. Neill (1883).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, Richard Francis Burton ranks 10Before him are Henry Morton Stanley (1841), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), Henry Hudson (1570), William Adams (1564), John Smith (1580), and William Baffin (1584). After him are James Clark Ross (1800), William Dampier (1651), John Davis (1550), Thomas Cavendish (1560), Robert FitzRoy (1805), and Mary Kingsley (1862).