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. He is best known for, in April 1909, leading an expedition that claimed to be the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Peary has received more than 850,829 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Robert Peary is the 108th most popular military personnel (up from 111th in 2019), the 301st most popular biography from United States (down from 299th 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 108 out of 1,466Before him are Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Theodor Eicke, Michael Wittmann, Vasily Chuikov, Klaus Barbie, and Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist. After him are Narses, Cimon, Abu Muslim, Nestor Makhno, Werner von Blomberg, and Ludwig Beck.

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Among people born in 1856, Robert Peary ranks 10Before him are Philippe Pétain, J. J. Thomson, Woodrow Wilson, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Louis Sullivan, and Archduchess Gisela of Austria. After him are Emil Kraepelin, Napoléon, Prince Imperial, Georgi Plekhanov, Tongzhi Emperor, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Robert Nivelle. Among people deceased in 1920, Robert Peary ranks 7Before him are Max Weber, Amedeo Modigliani, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Wilhelm Wundt, Peter Carl Fabergé, and Eugénie de Montijo. After him are Alexander Kolchak, Alexander of Greece, Max Bruch, Anders Zorn, Princess Margaret of Connaught, and Jeanne Hébuterne.

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Among people born in United States, Robert Peary ranks 301 out of 15,968Before him are William G. Morgan (1870), John Ford (1894), John R. Bolton (1948), Liza Minnelli (1946), Cameron Diaz (1972), and Truman Capote (1924). After him are Margaret Mitchell (1900), Ella Fitzgerald (1917), Sandra Bullock (1964), Eminem (1972), William Jennings Bryan (1860), and Geraldine Chaplin (1944).


Among military personnels born in United States, Robert Peary ranks 4Before him are Douglas MacArthur (1880), George S. Patton (1885), and Desmond Doss (1919). After him are Chester W. Nimitz (1885), Robert E. Lee (1807), George Armstrong Custer (1839), Paul Tibbets (1915), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), and Yonatan Netanyahu (1946).