V. Gordon Childe

1892 - 1957

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Vere Gordon Childe (14 April 1892 – 19 October 1957) was an Australian archaeologist who specialised in the study of European prehistory. He spent most of his life in the United Kingdom, working as an academic for the University of Edinburgh and then the Institute of Archaeology, London. He wrote twenty-six books during his career. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of V. Gordon Childe has received more than 518,925 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). V. Gordon Childe is the 13th most popular archaeologist, the 25th most popular biography from Australia (down from 24th in 2019) and the most popular Australian Archaeologist.

Gordon Childe was a British archaeologist who was the first to use the term "Neolithic Revolution" to describe the development of agriculture and the domestication of animals.

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Among archaeologists, V. Gordon Childe ranks 13 out of 151Before him are Edward Drinker Cope, Semerkhet, Zahi Hawass, Nynetjer, Marija Gimbutas, and Christian Jürgensen Thomsen. After him are Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, Ciriaco de' Pizzicolli, George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, Oscar Montelius, Karl Richard Lepsius, and Louis Leakey.

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Among people born in 1892, V. Gordon Childe ranks 48Before him are Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, Bolesław Bierut, Władysław Anders, Richard Neutra, Alexandre Koyré, and Nikolai Kondratiev. After him are Mary Pickford, József Mindszenty, E. H. Carr, Margaret Rutherford, Hjalmar Siilasvuo, and Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria. Among people deceased in 1957, V. Gordon Childe ranks 36Before him are Heinrich Hoffmann, José Leandro Andrade, Erich von Stroheim, Alfonso de Portago, Prince George of Greece and Denmark, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. After him are Beniamino Gigli, Max Ophüls, Maurice Garin, Antonín Zápotocký, Erich Auerbach, and Moša Pijade.

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Among people born in Australia, V. Gordon Childe ranks 25 out of 1,143Before him are Jack Brabham (1926), Peter Weir (1944), Errol Flynn (1909), Colleen McCullough (1937), Hugh Jackman (1968), and John Eccles (1903). After him are Robin Warren (1937), Peter Singer (1946), Macfarlane Burnet (1899), Steve Irwin (1962), John Cornforth (1917), and P. L. Travers (1899).


Among archaeologists born in Australia, V. Gordon Childe ranks 1After him are Grafton Elliot Smith (1871).