Rudolf Abel

1903 - 1971

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Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (Russian: Рудольф Иванович Абель), real name William August Fisher (11 July 1903 – 15 November 1971), was a Soviet intelligence officer. He adopted his alias when arrested on charges of conspiracy by the FBI in 1957. Fisher was born and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North of England in the United Kingdom to Russian émigré parents. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rudolf Abel has received more than 4,039,381 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Rudolf Abel is the 190th most popular military personnel (up from 231st in 2019), the 396th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 470th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Military Personnel.

Rudolf Abel was a Soviet spy who was arrested in 1957 and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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Among military personnels, Rudolf Abel ranks 190 out of 1,466Before him are Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Jean Lannes, Giovanni Giustiniani, Auguste de Marmont, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, and Abraha. After him are Date Masamune, Oskar Dirlewanger, Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Gaius Claudius Glaber, Akechi Mitsuhide, and Wilhelm Burgdorf.

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Among people born in 1903, Rudolf Abel ranks 22Before him are Yasujirō Ozu, C. F. Powell, John Dillinger, Alec Douglas-Home, Jiro Horikoshi, and Anaïs Nin. After him are Jan Tinbergen, Adolf Butenandt, Hans Jonas, Bing Crosby, José Antonio Primo de Rivera, and Karl Hanke. Among people deceased in 1971, Rudolf Abel ranks 20Before him are D. B. Cooper, Harold Lloyd, Igor Tamm, Gotthard Heinrici, Giorgos Seferis, and Lin Biao. After him are Paul Karrer, Mátyás Rákosi, Theodor Svedberg, Donald Winnicott, Franz Stangl, and Wendell Meredith Stanley.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Rudolf Abel ranks 396 out of 6,924Before him are Bobby Charlton (1937), Richard Wright (1943), William Laud (1573), Philip Larkin (1922), Henry Hudson (1570), and Francis William Aston (1877). After him are Bonnie Tyler (1951), Angus Young (1955), Joshua Reynolds (1723), Æthelred I, King of Wessex (837), Frank Whittle (1907), and George Paget Thomson (1892).