William Buckland

1784 - 1856

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William Buckland DD, FRS (12 March 1784 – 14 August 1856) was an English theologian who became Dean of Westminster. He was also a geologist and palaeontologist. Buckland wrote the first full account of a fossil dinosaur, which he named Megalosaurus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Buckland has received more than 496,661 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). William Buckland is the 23rd most popular geologist (up from 25th in 2019), the 1,780th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,901st in 2019) and the 7th most popular British Geologist.

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Among geologists, William Buckland ranks 23 out of 90Before him are Christian Leopold von Buch, Ignacy Domeyko, Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, Giuseppe Mercalli, Gideon Mantell, and Jean-André Deluc. After him are Adam Sedgwick, John Tuzo Wilson, Vladimir Obruchev, Julius von Haast, Norman L. Bowen, and Barnum Brown.

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Among people born in 1784, William Buckland ranks 30Before him are Dionisio Aguado y García, François-Joseph Fétis, Thomas Robert Bugeaud, Friedrich Graf von Wrangel, Sándor Kőrösi Csoma, and Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest. After him are George William, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, Duke George of Oldenburg, Denis Davydov, George Onslow, Juan Antonio Lavalleja, and Duchess Maria Elisabeth in Bavaria. Among people deceased in 1856, William Buckland ranks 27Before him are Princess Pauline of Württemberg, Pyotr Chaadayev, Georgios Sinas, Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel, Said bin Sultan, Sultan of Muscat and Oman, and John Ross. After him are Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, Nicolas-Charles Bochsa, Wilhelm von Biela, Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, Emil Aarestrup, and Karel Havlíček Borovský.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Buckland ranks 1,780 out of 8,785Before him are Reginald Lee (1870), Keith Flint (1969), William Sealy Gosset (1876), Fred West (1941), Henry More (1614), and Raymond Williams (1921). After him are David Roberts (1796), Stephen Toulmin (1922), William Jones (1675), Derek Jarman (1942), Shakin' Stevens (1948), and Clarke Abel (1780).

Among GEOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among geologists born in United Kingdom, William Buckland ranks 7Before him are Charles Lyell (1797), Mary Anning (1799), James Hutton (1726), Eduard Suess (1831), William Smith (1769), and Gideon Mantell (1790). After him are Adam Sedgwick (1785), Arthur Holmes (1890), John Phillips (1800), Henry Clifton Sorby (1826), Joseph Thomson (1858), and Robert Jameson (1774).