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Richard Owen

1804 - 1892

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Sir Richard Owen (20 July 1804 – 18 December 1892) was an English biologist, comparative anatomist and paleontologist. 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 653,621 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Richard Owen is the 41st most popular biologist (down from 37th in 2019), the 400th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 385th 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 41 out of 841Before him are Albrecht Kossel, Karl von Frisch, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Christian de Duve, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, and Ada Yonath. After him are Nikolaas Tinbergen, René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, August Weismann, Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Karl Ernst von Baer, and Hans Spemann.

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Among people born in 1804, Richard Owen ranks 12Before him are Wilhelm Eduard Weber, Allan Kardec, Mikhail Glinka, Napoléon Louis Bonaparte, Franklin Pierce, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. After him are Matthias Jakob Schleiden, John Deere, Mongkut, Marie Taglioni, Eugène Sue, and Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi. Among people deceased in 1892, Richard Owen ranks 7Before him are Walt Whitman, Werner von Siemens, Bahá'u'lláh, Princess Ludovika of Bavaria, Ernest Renan, and Thomas Cook. After him are Édouard Lalo, Rudolf von Jhering, John Couch Adams, Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse, Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia, and Louis Vuitton.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Richard Owen ranks 400 out of 7,765Before him are Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales (1453), J. M. Barrie (1860), Ian Holm (1931), Fred Hoyle (1915), Frank Whittle (1907), and Robert Fripp (1946). After him are John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), Prince Andrew, Duke of York (1960), Jim Clark (1936), Millvina Dean (1912), Joseph Lister (1827), and Thomas Gainsborough (1727).

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), Robert Brown (1773), Thomas Henry Huxley (1825), and Christian de Duve (1917). After him are Erasmus Darwin (1731), John Edward Gray (1800), Philip Miller (1691), Julian Huxley (1887), John Gurdon (1933), and William Carey (1761).