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William Morris Davis

1850 - 1934

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William Morris Davis (February 12, 1850 – February 5, 1934) was an American geographer, geologist, geomorphologist, and meteorologist, often called the "father of American geography". He was born into a prominent Quaker family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of Edward M. Davis and Maria Mott Davis (a daughter of the women's advocate Lucretia Mott). Davis studied geology and geography at Harvard's Lawrence Scientific School and then joined the Harvard sponsored geographic exploration party to the Colorado territory, led by the inaugural Sturgis-Hooper professor of geology, Josiah Dwight Whitney. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Morris Davis has received more than 150,056 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). William Morris Davis is the 27th most popular geographer (up from 28th in 2019), the 1,473rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,485th in 2019) and the most popular American Geographer.

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Among geographers, William Morris Davis ranks 27 out of 67Before him are Élisée Reclus, Abraham Cresques, James Lovelock, Georg Joachim Rheticus, Al-Bakri, and Fra Mauro. After him are Sebastian Münster, Marinus of Tyre, Nicolas Sanson, Albrecht Penck, Abu Sa'id Gardezi, and Jodocus Hondius.

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Among people born in 1850, William Morris Davis ranks 26Before him are Ignác Goldziher, Victoriano Huerta, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, César Ritz, Besarion Jughashvili, and Sami Frashëri. After him are Ivan Vazov, Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, Mikhail Chigorin, Zdeněk Fibich, Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia, and Pavel Axelrod. Among people deceased in 1934, William Morris Davis ranks 33Before him are Jean Vigo, Carl von Linde, Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Nicholas Marr, Siegbert Tarrasch, and Andrei Bely. After him are Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Wallace Fard Muhammad, Alexander von Kluck, Willem de Sitter, Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta, and Winsor McCay.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Morris Davis ranks 1,473 out of 18,182Before him are Dan Simmons (1948), Elias Howe (1819), Henry Ford II (1917), Jake LaMotta (1922), Dave Bautista (1969), and Stanley Tucci (1960). After him are Josh Brolin (1968), Edward Snowden (1983), Alan Ladd (1913), Richard Schiff (1955), Roy O. Disney (1893), and Willard Van Orman Quine (1908).

Among GEOGRAPHERS In United States

Among geographers born in United States, William Morris Davis ranks 1After him are Marie Tharp (1920), Richard Hartshorne (1899), Ellen Churchill Semple (1863), Ellsworth Huntington (1876), Carl O. Sauer (1889), and Henry Schoolcraft (1793).