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Richard Francis Burton

1821 - 1890

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Sir Richard Francis Burton (; 19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) was a British explorer, writer, orientalist 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 1,592,589 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Richard Francis Burton is the 51st most popular explorer (up from 59th in 2019), the 464th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 526th in 2019) and the 7th 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 51 out of 405Before him are Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Giovanni da Verrazzano, Diego de Almagro, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Jacob Roggeveen, and Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld. After him are William Adams, Hugh Glass, Samuel de Champlain, Henry Hudson, Diogo Cão, and Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse.

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Among people born in 1821, Richard Francis Burton ranks 6Before him are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Gustave Flaubert, Charles Baudelaire, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Rudolf Virchow. After him are Pafnuty Chebyshev, August Schleicher, Elizabeth Blackwell, Pauline Viardot, Lola Montez, and Louis Vuitton. Among people deceased in 1890, Richard Francis Burton ranks 12Before him are William III of the Netherlands, Amadeo I of Spain, Gyula Andrássy, Duchess Helene in Bavaria, Henri Nestlé, and Joseph Merrick. After him are Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, William Kemmler, John Henry Newman, Niels Gade, Antoine, Duke of Montpensier, and Jyotirao Phule.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Richard Francis Burton ranks 464 out of 7,765Before him are William Kidd (1645), Mary Anning (1799), Caroline Matilda of Great Britain (1751), John Knox (1514), Philip Larkin (1922), and Joshua Reynolds (1723). After him are Donald Pleasence (1919), John Hicks (1904), Samuel Butler (1835), Samuel Johnson (1709), William Laud (1573), and William Adams (1564).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, Richard Francis Burton ranks 7Before him are James Cook (1728), Francis Drake (1540), David Livingstone (1813), Henry Morton Stanley (1841), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), and William Baffin (1584). After him are William Adams (1564), Henry Hudson (1570), John Smith (1580), James Clark Ross (1800), John Davis (1550), and William Dampier (1651).