Spencer Fullerton Baird

1823 - 1887

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Spencer Fullerton Baird (; February 3, 1823 – August 19, 1887) was an American naturalist, ornithologist, ichthyologist, herpetologist, and museum curator. Baird was the first curator to be named at the Smithsonian Institution. He would eventually serve as assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1850 to 1878, and as Secretary from 1878 until 1887. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Spencer Fullerton Baird has received more than 75,682 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Spencer Fullerton Baird is the 714th most popular biologist (down from 494th in 2019), the 6,879th most popular biography from United States (down from 4,036th in 2019) and the 94th most popular American Biologist.

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Among biologists, Spencer Fullerton Baird ranks 714 out of 844Before him are Sereno Watson, Robert Collett, Judah Folkman, Max Fürbringer, James Sowerby, and Johann Gottfried Zinn. After him are Grigore Antipa, Wilhelm Gerhard Walpers, Ángel Cabrera, Émile Oustalet, David Ho, and Janaki Ammal.

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Among people born in 1823, Spencer Fullerton Baird ranks 56Before him are Mary Surratt, Ivan Aksakov, Oscar Dickson, Lascăr Catargiu, Emilio Arrieta, and Sophie Adlersparre. After him are Joseph Jean Pierre Laurent, William M. Tweed, Mackenzie Bowell, Charlotte Mary Yonge, George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll, and Coventry Patmore. Among people deceased in 1887, Spencer Fullerton Baird ranks 43Before him are August W. Eichler, Mikhail Katkov, Fran Levstik, John Taylor, José Rufino Echenique, and Lorenzo Batlle y Grau. After him are Sarah Yorke Jackson, Dorothea Dix, Elihu B. Washburne, and Robert M. T. Hunter.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Spencer Fullerton Baird ranks 6,879 out of 15,968Before him are Allen Toussaint (1938), Shane McMahon (1970), Eriq La Salle (1962), Elizabeth Gillies (1993), Richard Mulligan (1932), and Skrillex (1988). After him are Wovoka (1856), Kevin MacLeod (1972), George O. Abell (1927), Robert Bacon (1860), Guy Madison (1922), and Joanna Russ (1937).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Spencer Fullerton Baird ranks 94Before him are George C. Williams (1926), Alice Hamilton (1869), Charles Conrad Abbott (1843), Karl Patterson Schmidt (1890), Sereno Watson (1826), and Judah Folkman (1933). After him are Jane Colden (1724), David Starr Jordan (1851), Alfred Romer (1894), George Ord (1781), Robert Trivers (1943), and Charles Horton Peck (1833).