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Thomas Babington Macaulay

1800 - 1859

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Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, (; 25 October 1800 – 28 December 1859) was a British historian and Whig politician, who served as the Secretary at War between 1839 and 1841, and as the Paymaster-General between 1846 and 1848, who by his Minute on Indian Education of February 1835 was primarily responsible for the introduction of Western institutional education to India. India's Macaulayism, by which indigenous Indian educational and vocational customs were repressed, included the replacement of the Persian language by the English language as the official language of instruction in all schools, and the training of English-speaking Indians as teachers. Macaulay's Minute on Indian Education contended that "a single shelf of a good European library was worth the whole native literature of India and Arabia... Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Babington Macaulay has received more than 1,097,753 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Thomas Babington Macaulay is the 130th most popular historian (up from 135th in 2019), the 1,516th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,495th in 2019) and the 11th most popular British Historian.

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Among HISTORIANS

Among historians, Thomas Babington Macaulay ranks 130 out of 341Before him are Norman Davies, John Kinnamos, Wilhelm Worringer, Guibert of Nogent, Michael Rostovtzeff, and Philostorgius. After him are Jan Huyghen van Linschoten, Charles Diehl, Richard Pipes, Anthony Blunt, Marin Barleti, and Michael Attaleiates.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1800, Thomas Babington Macaulay ranks 25Before him are Prince Felix of Schwarzenberg, Pauline Therese of Württemberg, Evangelos Zappas, Princess Elisabeth of Savoy, John Nelson Darby, and Jean-Jacques Ampère. After him are Mustafa Reşid Pasha, Jakob Lorber, Henri Milne-Edwards, Charles Rogier, Ányos Jedlik, and Bernhard II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. Among people deceased in 1859, Thomas Babington Macaulay ranks 26Before him are John Austin, Robert Stephenson, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Abd al-Rahman of Morocco, Louis Poinsot, and Karl Baedeker. After him are Yoshida Shōin, Zygmunt Krasiński, Princess Anna of Saxony, Carl Adolph Agardh, Sergey Aksakov, and Nana Sahib.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Babington Macaulay ranks 1,516 out of 6,924Before him are Cuthbert (635), Warren Hastings (1732), Malcolm Lowry (1909), Spencer Perceval (1762), Sandford Fleming (1827), and Emma Darwin (1808). After him are Martin Rees (1942), Roger Williamson (1948), Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838), Jack Hawkins (1910), Peter Lawford (1923), and Richard Aldington (1892).

Among HISTORIANS In United Kingdom

Among historians born in United Kingdom, Thomas Babington Macaulay ranks 11Before him are Henry Thomas Buckle (1821), E. P. Thompson (1924), C. Northcote Parkinson (1909), Peter Burke (1937), Steven Runciman (1903), and Norman Davies (1939). After him are Anthony Blunt (1907), Ian Kershaw (1943), Antony Beevor (1946), Robert Conquest (1917), Arnold Toynbee (1852), and W. Montgomery Watt (1909).