Richard Owen

1804 - 1892

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Sir Richard Owen (20 July 1804 – 18 December 1892) was an English biologist, comparative anatomist and palaeontologist. Owen is generally considered to have been an outstanding naturalist with a remarkable gift for interpreting fossils. Owen produced a vast array of scientific work, but is probably best remembered today for coining the word Dinosauria (meaning "Terrible Reptile" or "Fearfully Great Reptile"). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Owen has received more than 772,641 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Richard Owen is the 47th most popular biologist (down from 42nd in 2019), the 399th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 400th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Biologist.

Richard Owen was a British biologist and comparative anatomist who founded the Natural History Museum in London.

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Among biologists, Richard Owen ranks 47 out of 1,097Before him are Vladimir Vernadsky, Karl Ernst von Baer, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Christian de Duve, Hans Spemann, and Peter Simon Pallas. After him are Jan Evangelista Purkyně, René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, Roger Guillemin, Hugo Theorell, Albert Claude, and Jean-Henri Fabre.

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Among people born in 1804, Richard Owen ranks 14Before him are Emil Lenz, Allan Kardec, Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Mongkut, Mikhail Glinka, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. After him are Marie Taglioni, Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Eugène Sue, John Deere, Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, and Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora. Among people deceased in 1892, Richard Owen ranks 7Before him are Werner von Siemens, Walt Whitman, Princess Ludovika of Bavaria, Bahá'u'lláh, Ernest Renan, and Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. After him are Édouard Lalo, Thomas Cook, Rudolf von Jhering, John Couch Adams, Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia, and Louis Vuitton.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Richard Owen ranks 399 out of 8,785Before him are Henry Fox Talbot (1800), George Eliot (1819), Ian Holm (1931), Mary Read (1695), Gordon Banks (1937), and Edward the Confessor (1003). After him are A. A. Milne (1882), Daniel Craig (1968), Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (1220), Jackie Stewart (1939), Arthur Eddington (1882), and Peter Brook (1925).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, Richard Owen ranks 9Before him are Rosalind Franklin (1920), Alfred Russel Wallace (1823), Francis Crick (1916), Thomas Henry Huxley (1825), Robert Brown (1773), and Christian de Duve (1917). After him are John Edward Gray (1800), Robert Edwards (1925), Philip Miller (1691), Archibald Hill (1886), Erasmus Darwin (1731), and Philip Sclater (1829).