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Robert Fortune

1812 - 1880

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Robert Fortune (16 September 1812 – 13 April 1880) was a Scottish botanist, plant hunter and traveller, best known for introducing around 250 new ornamental plants, mainly from China, but also Japan, into the gardens of Britain, Australia, and the USA. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Fortune has received more than 174,016 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 18 in 2019). Robert Fortune is the 307th most popular biologist (up from 356th in 2019), the 1,935th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,959th in 2019) and the 47th most popular British Biologist.

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Among biologists, Robert Fortune ranks 307 out of 841Before him are Patrick Geddes, Eugenius Warming, Johann Reinhold Forster, Dennis Meadows, Eugene Odum, and Albert Günther. After him are Anders Sparrman, Guillaume Rondelet, Friedrich Anton Wilhelm Miquel, Ernst Schäfer, Roderick Murchison, and Nehemiah Grew.

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Among people born in 1812, Robert Fortune ranks 37Before him are Augustus Pugin, Berthold Auerbach, Józef Ignacy Kraszewski, Hendrik Conscience, Filippo Pacini, and Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst. After him are Duke Peter of Oldenburg, Samuel Smiles, Hermann von Fehling, Melchora Aquino, Yevhen Hrebinka, and Rudolf von Alt. Among people deceased in 1880, Robert Fortune ranks 27Before him are Arnold Ruge, Peter Johann Nepomuk Geiger, Constantin Hansen, Princess Marie of Hesse-Kassel, Jules Favre, and Raden Saleh. After him are Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Jules Antoine Lissajous, Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duke of Caxias, Arthur Morin, Alphonse Pénaud, and Karl Friedrich Lessing.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Robert Fortune ranks 1,935 out of 7,765Before him are Josephine Butler (1828), Peter Yates (1929), Mary Astell (1666), John Badham (1939), Martin Rees (1942), and Thom Yorke (1968). After him are Adele (1988), John Chadwick (1920), James Ferguson (1797), Bobby Sands (1954), Sylvester McCoy (1943), and John Loudon McAdam (1756).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, Robert Fortune ranks 47Before him are John Hughlings Jackson (1835), John Gould (1804), Jack W. Szostak (1952), Richard Henderson (1945), George Robert Gray (1808), and Patrick Geddes (1854). After him are Roderick Murchison (1792), Nehemiah Grew (1641), Ian Wilmut (1944), John Stevens Henslow (1796), John Needham (1713), and John Sulston (1942).