Robert Owen

1771 - 1858

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Robert Owen (; 14 May 1771 – 17 November 1858) was a Welsh textile manufacturer, philanthropist and social reformer, and a founder of utopian socialism and the co-operative movement. He strove to improve factory working conditions, promoted experimental socialistic communities, and sought a more collective approach to child-rearing, including government control of education. He gained wealth in the early 1800s from a textile mill at New Lanark, Scotland. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Owen has received more than 1,827,323 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Robert Owen is the 21st most popular social activist (down from 17th in 2019), the 127th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 93rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Social Activist.

Robert Owen was a Welsh social reformer and textile manufacturer who built a model industrial community at New Lanark, Scotland.

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Among social activists, Robert Owen ranks 21 out of 840Before him are Aung San Suu Kyi, Jane Addams, Nicholas Winton, Rosa Parks, Gustav I of Sweden, and Peter Kropotkin. After him are Bertha von Suttner, Thomas Müntzer, Olympe de Gouges, Charlotte Corday, Guy Fawkes, and Irena Sendler.

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Among people born in 1771, Robert Owen ranks 2Before him is Walter Scott. After him are Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen, Richard Trevithick, Emperor Kōkaku, Julie Clary, Antoine-Jean Gros, Princess Louise Auguste of Denmark, Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg, Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, Alois Senefelder, and Marie François Xavier Bichat. Among people deceased in 1858, Robert Owen ranks 1After him are Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Robert Brown, Hiroshige, Rani of Jhansi, Matthew C. Perry, Johannes Peter Müller, Karl Thomas Mozart, Anton Diabelli, John Snow, Ary Scheffer, and Aimé Bonpland.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Robert Owen ranks 127 out of 8,785Before him are Charles I of England (1600), Rosalind Franklin (1920), George Stephenson (1781), Anne, Queen of Great Britain (1665), Brian Johnson (1947), and Mark Knopfler (1949). After him are William Gilbert (1544), Roger Moore (1927), Victoria, Princess Royal (1840), Aldous Huxley (1894), Bobby Charlton (1937), and Edward VII (1841).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United Kingdom

Among social activists born in United Kingdom, Robert Owen ranks 2Before him are Nicholas Winton (1909). After him are Guy Fawkes (1570), Lady Godiva (990), Emmeline Pankhurst (1858), Betty Williams (1943), Thomas Cranmer (1489), Annie Besant (1847), Mairead Maguire (1944), Emily Davison (1872), Max Mosley (1940), and Sylvia Pankhurst (1882).