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Salim Ali

1896 - 1987

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Sálim Moizuddin Abdul Ali (12 November 1896 – 20 June 1987) was an Indian ornithologist and naturalist. Sometimes referred to as the "Birdman of India", Salim Ali was the first Indian to conduct systematic bird surveys across India and wrote several bird books that popularized ornithology in India. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Salim Ali has received more than 1,306,819 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Salim Ali is the 184th most popular biologist (up from 256th in 2019), the 184th most popular biography from India (up from 207th in 2019) and the most popular Indian Biologist.

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Among biologists, Salim Ali ranks 184 out of 841Before him are Carl Linnaeus the Younger, Charles Bell, Friedrich Parrot, Henry Walter Bates, Johann Matthäus Bechstein, and Humberto Maturana. After him are Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Erik Pontoppidan, Michel Adanson, Howard Martin Temin, and Carl Gustav Carus.

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Among people born in 1896, Salim Ali ranks 76Before him are Heo Jeong, Wolf-Heinrich Graf von Helldorff, Boris Skossyreff, Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and Mark W. Clark. After him are Agustín Muñoz Grandes, Tadj ol-Molouk, Ruth Gordon, Hinrich Lohse, Mao Dun, and Pavel Alexandrov. Among people deceased in 1987, Salim Ali ranks 51Before him are Rouben Mamoulian, Buddy Rich, Liberace, Eugen Jochum, Américo Tomás, and Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover. After him are Alistair MacLean, William Stuart-Houston, Bob Fosse, Federico Mompou, Camille Chamoun, and Andrei Mironov.

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Among people born in India, Salim Ali ranks 184 out of 1,493Before him are Andal (800), Guru Arjan (1563), Kailash Satyarthi (1954), Deepak Chopra (1946), M. Night Shyamalan (1970), and Abdul Karim (1863). After him are Lakshmi Mittal (1950), Girish Karnad (1938), Motilal Nehru (1861), Narayana Guru (1855), Dignāga (480), and Shantanu (null).


Among biologists born in India, Salim Ali ranks 1After him are Janaki Ammal (1897), Robert Swinhoe (1836), Akhtar Hameed Khan (1914), and Sunetra Gupta (1965).