Robert Peary

1856 - 1920

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Robert Edwin Peary Sr. (; May 6, 1856 – February 20, 1920) was an American explorer and officer in the United States Navy who made several expeditions to the Arctic in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Peary has received more than 1,131,704 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Robert Peary is the 138th most popular military personnel (down from 102nd in 2019), the 373rd most popular biography from United States (down from 264th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Military Personnel.

Robert Peary is most famous for being the first person to reach the geographic North Pole.

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Among military personnels, Robert Peary ranks 138 out of 2,058Before him are Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, Dong Zhuo, Narses, Franz Halder, Eli Cohen, and Ferdinand Schörner. After him are August von Mackensen, Chester W. Nimitz, Ubba, Hamilcar Barca, Zhou Yu, and Pyotr Bagration.

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Among people born in 1856, Robert Peary ranks 11Before him are Woodrow Wilson, J. J. Thomson, Louis Sullivan, Archduchess Gisela of Austria, Frederick Winslow Taylor, and Napoléon, Prince Imperial. After him are Emil Kraepelin, Georgi Plekhanov, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Ivan Franko, and Robert Nivelle. Among people deceased in 1920, Robert Peary ranks 11Before him are Peter Carl Fabergé, Eugénie de Montijo, Anders Zorn, Alexander Kolchak, Alexander of Greece, and Princess Margaret of Connaught. After him are Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Max Bruch, Jeanne Hébuterne, Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, Inessa Armand, and Svetozar Boroević.

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Among people born in United States, Robert Peary ranks 373 out of 20,380Before him are Jerry Lewis (1926), Jefferson Davis (1808), Harry Nilsson (1941), Harvey Keitel (1939), Willis Lamb (1913), and Owen Chamberlain (1920). After him are Virginia Apgar (1909), Paulette Goddard (1910), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Michael Clarke Duncan (1957), Rock Hudson (1925), and Mickey Rourke (1952).


Among military personnels born in United States, Robert Peary ranks 4Before him are Douglas MacArthur (1880), George S. Patton (1885), and Robert E. Lee (1807). After him are Chester W. Nimitz (1885), Paul Tibbets (1915), George Armstrong Custer (1839), Albert Pike (1809), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), and Benedict Arnold (1741).