Semyon Dezhnev

1605 - 1673

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Semyon Ivanovich Dezhnyov (Russian: Семён Ива́нович Дежнёв; sometimes spelled Dezhnev; c. March 7, 1605 – 1673) was a Russian explorer of Siberia and the first European to sail through the Bering Strait, 80 years before Vitus Bering did. In 1648 he sailed from the Kolyma River on the Arctic Ocean to the Anadyr River on the Pacific. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Semyon Dezhnev has received more than 129,619 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Semyon Dezhnev is the 109th most popular explorer (up from 112th in 2019), the 413th most popular biography from Russia (up from 448th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Russian Explorer.

Semyon Dezhnev is most famous for being the first European to sail from the White Sea to the Bering Strait, sailing from the White Sea to the Bering Strait in 1648.

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Over the past year Semyon Dezhnev has had the most page views in the with 141,049 views, followed by English (16,431), and French (3,249). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Malayalam (1,353.13%), Basque (89.53%), and Chuvash (60.34%)


Among explorers, Semyon Dezhnev ranks 109 out of 498Before him are Juan de la Cosa, Michael Rockefeller, Mary Kingsley, Thomas Cavendish, João Gonçalves Zarco, and Adam Johann von Krusenstern. After him are Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Fernão Mendes Pinto, Sacagawea, George Vancouver, Cosmas Indicopleustes, and Pánfilo de Narváez.

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Among people born in 1605, Semyon Dezhnev ranks 10Before him are Gevherhan Sultan, Patriarch Nikon of Moscow, Giacomo Carissimi, Şehzade Mehmed, Adriaen Brouwer, and Ayşe Sultan. After him are Marie de Bourbon, Duchess of Montpensier, Thomas Browne, George II, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, Simon Dach, and Zhu Yuyue. Among people deceased in 1673, Semyon Dezhnev ranks 6Before him are Molière, Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan, Margaret Theresa of Spain, Salvator Rosa, and Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki. After him are Joan Blaeu, Regnier de Graaf, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Eugene Maurice, Count of Soissons, Barent Fabritius, and Robert Moray.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Semyon Dezhnev ranks 413 out of 3,761Before him are Lev Kuleshov (1899), Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov (1737), George Balanchine (1904), Marianne von Werefkin (1860), Yakov Yurovsky (1878), and Valentin Ivanov (1934). After him are Viktor Belenko (1947), Vsevolod Pudovkin (1893), Ivan Serov (1905), Alexey Pajitnov (1956), Lovis Corinth (1858), and Mikhail Vrubel (1856).

Among EXPLORERS In Russia

Among explorers born in Russia, Semyon Dezhnev ranks 3Before him are Nikolay Przhevalsky (1839), and Ferdinand von Wrangel (1797). After him are Afanasy Nikitin (1500), Vladimir Arsenyev (1872), Mikhail Lazarev (1788), Nikolai Rezanov (1764), Aleksandra Potanina (1843), Alexander Andreyevich Baranov (1746), Vasily Tatishchev (1686), Yerofey Khabarov (1603), and Grigory Shelikhov (1747).