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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 943,552 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia. Robert Peary is the 99th most popular military personnel (up from 108th in 2019), the 264th most popular biography from United States (up from 301st 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 99 out of 1,468Before him are Konstantin Rokossovsky, Hephaestion, Hermann Hoth, Heinrich Müller, Vasily Chuikov, and Võ Nguyên Giáp. After him are Klaus Barbie, Nestor Makhno, Gaius Julius Caesar, Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas, Zhang Fei, and Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist.

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

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Among people born in United States, Robert Peary ranks 264 out of 18,182Before him are Gwyneth Paltrow (1972), John Dillinger (1903), Nina Simone (1933), Christopher Lloyd (1938), Mary Cassatt (1844), and B.B. King (1925). After him are Margaret Mitchell (1900), Leonard Bernstein (1918), John Quincy Adams (1767), Claude Shannon (1916), Robert Andrews Millikan (1868), and Rachel Carson (1907).


Among military personnels born in United States, Robert Peary ranks 4Before him are Douglas MacArthur (1880), Robert E. Lee (1807), and Desmond Doss (1919). After him are George S. Patton (1885), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), George Armstrong Custer (1839), Paul Tibbets (1915), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), and Albert Pike (1809).