Famous People Born In 1728

Discover the most famous people born in 1728. The list includes people like James Cook, Peter III of Russia, Oliver Goldsmith, Caesar Rodney, Johann Heinrich Lambert and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include military leaders, poets, physicists and historians born in 1728. This list includes people from England, France, Germany & Italy and many more countries.
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James Cook
(British Naval Captain, Navigator and Explorer)
James Cook
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 7th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marton, England
Died: February 14, 1779

British explorer, navigator, and cartographer James Cook, who had also served the merchant navy and Royal Navy, was the first to complete an expedition around New Zealand. He explored areas in the South Pacific, such as eastern Australia and Hawaii. He was killed while trying to kidnap a Hawaiian king.

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Oliver Goldsmith
(Anglo-Irish Novelist, Playwright, Dramatist and Poet)
Oliver Goldsmith
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 10th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: County Longford, Ireland
Died: April 4, 1774

Oliver Goldsmith was an Anglo-Irish novelist, poet, and playwright. Described by his contemporaries as a disorganized and impetuous person, Goldsmith is best remembered for his works, such as The Vicar of Wakefield, The Deserted Village, and She Stoops to Conquer. A respected writer, Goldsmith's statue has been erected in several places, including the Trinity College, Dublin.

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Caesar Rodney
(Governor of Delaware (1778-81))
Caesar Rodney
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Birthdate: 7th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kent County
Died: June 26, 1784
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Robert Adam
(British Neoclassical Architect, Interior Designer and Furniture Designer)
Robert Adam
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 3rd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland
Died: March 3, 1792
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Chevalier d'Éon
(French Diplomat and Spy)
Chevalier d'Éon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 5th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tonnere, France
Died: May 21, 1810

Chevalier d'Éon not just fought for France in the Seven Years' War but was also a spy. Interestingly, he led the first half of his life as a man and the second half as a woman. In his unpublished memoir, he claimed he was a woman raised as a man.

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Johann Heinrich Lambert
(Mathematician who Proved that π is Irrational)
Johann Heinrich Lambert
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 26th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mulhouse, France
Died: September 25, 1777

Johann Heinrich Lambert was a Swiss polymath whose contributions to the fields of physics, mathematics, map projections, astronomy, and philosophy are considered important by many scholars. He is credited with introducing hyperbolic functions into trigonometry. He is also credited with inventing a hygrometer, which is used to measure the quantity of water vapor in soil and air.

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Shah Alam II
(Emperor)
Shah Alam II
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 25th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Died: November 19, 1806
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Joseph Black
(Chemist, Physicist, Scientist, University teacher)
Joseph Black
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 16th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bordeaux
Died: December 6, 1799

Joseph Black was an 18th-century Scottish physicist and chemist. He is remembered for his discoveries of magnesium, specific heat, latent heat, and carbon dioxide. He spent several years of his career as a professor of medicine and chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. In 1783, he became one of the founders of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 

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Matthew Boulton
(English Businessperson and Engineer)
Matthew Boulton
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 3rd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: August 17, 1809

British manufacturer and engineer Matthew Boulton is best remembered as the financier of Scottish engineer James Watt’s pathbreaking steam engine. His Soho Manufactory initially produced metal parts, and he later stepped into John Roebuck’s shoes to partner with Watt, after Roebuck went bankrupt. He also established the Soho Mint.

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John Stark
(Military Officer)
John Stark
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 28th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States
Died: May 8, 1822
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John Wilkinson
(Pioneer in cast iron manufacturing)
John Wilkinson
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Bridgefoot
Died: July 14, 1808
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John Hunter
(military physician, physician, university teacher)
John Hunter
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Listed In: Surgeons
Birthdate: 13th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lanarkshire
Died: October 16, 1793

John Hunter was a Scottish surgeon remembered for his efforts to study the human anatomy through investigation and experimentation. An early advocate of scientific method in medicine, Hunter was considered one of the most prominent surgeons of his generation. He is also remembered for paying for the body of Charles Byrne and displaying the skeletal remains in his Hunterian Museum.

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Mercy Otis Warren
(American Poet)
Mercy Otis Warren
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 19, 1814
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Charles Mason
(English Astronomer)
Charles Mason
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Listed In: Astronomers
Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: October 25, 1786
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Niccolò Piccinni
(Italian composer)
Niccolò Piccinni
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 16th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bari
Died: May 7, 1800
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Nicholas Herkimer
(General)
Nicholas Herkimer
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: German Flatts, New York, United States
Died: August 16, 1777
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Ali Bey al-Kabir
(Shaykh al-Balad of Egypt)
Ali Bey al-Kabir
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Abkhazia, Georgia
Died: May 8, 1773

Ali Bey al-Kabir is believed to have been the son of a Greek Orthodox priest, who was abducted, brought to Cairo, and sold off as a slave to the Mamluk force. He is remembered for his rebellion against the Ottoman rulers and his efforts in improving Egyptian trade with Europe.

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Thomas Warton
(Literary historian)
Thomas Warton
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Birthdate: 9th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Basingstoke, England
Died: May 21, 1790
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Peter III of Russia
(Emperor of Russia (January 1762 - July 1762))
Peter III of Russia
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 21st February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiel, Germany
Died: July 17, 1772

Peter III of Russia reigned over Russia as the emperor for just six months in 1762 before being deposed by people loyal to his wife Catherine II, who then succeeded him. In his short reign, Peter made progressive reforms, including the abolishment of the secret police, which was renowned for its extreme violence. Peter is often portrayed in films.

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Paolo Frisi
(Italian Mathematician and Astronomer Best Known for His Work in Hydraulics)
Paolo Frisi
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 13th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melegnano, Italy
Died: November 22, 1784

Italian physicist, mathematician, and astronomer Paolo Frisi is best remembered for his work on hydraulics, expressed through his books such as A Treatise on Rivers and Torrents. His interpretation of the works of eminent scientists such as Galileo and Newton, too, are considered immensely valuable to the scientific community.

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Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden
(Grand Duke)
Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 22nd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany
Died: June 10, 1811
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Étienne-Louis Boullée
(Architect)
Étienne-Louis Boullée
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Birthdate: 12th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 4, 1799

Étienne-Louis Boullée was a French architect and visionary whose work continues to have a massive impact on the works of contemporary architects. A highly respected architect during his time, Boullée served as the chief architect under Frederick II of Prussia. Étienne-Louis Boullée is widely regarded as one of the most influential and prominent personalities of French neoclassical architecture. 

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Marie Louise of France
(Princess)
Marie Louise of France
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Birthdate: 28th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, France
Died: February 19, 1733
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Anton Raphael Mengs
(Painter)
Anton Raphael Mengs
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 22nd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ústí nad Labem, Czechia
Died: June 29, 1779
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John Wood, the Younger
(Architect)
John Wood, the Younger
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Birthdate: 25th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bath, England
Died: June 18, 1782
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Johann Andreas Stein
(Piano craftsman)
Johann Andreas Stein
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Listed In: Designers
Birthdate: 16th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Heidesheim, Germany
Died: February 29, 1792
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José Moñino, 1st Count of Floridablanca
(Spanish Statesman)
José Moñino, 1st Count of Floridablanca
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 21st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Murcia, Spain
Died: December 30, 1808
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Ferdinando Galiani
(Italian Economist Known for His Contributions to 'Value Theory', 'Interest Theory', and 'Economic Policy')
Ferdinando Galiani
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Birthdate: 2nd December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chieti, Italy
Died: October 30, 1787

Ferdinando Galiani had initially been trained to enter church services but later deviated to economics. He is best remembered for his work on value theory. A major figure of the Enlightenment, the economist and diplomat wrote in both Italian and French. His notable works include Della moneta.

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Pietro Verri
(Italian Economists, Historian, Philosopher and Writer)
Pietro Verri
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Birthdate: 12th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: June 28, 1797

Author of numerous literary, historical, and economic works, Pietro Verri was a leader of Milanese academy and moving force behind Società dei Pugni. Also a distinguished public administrator and political economist employed with the Milanese government, he has been credited with abolition of tax farming. Some of his important works are Riflessioni sulle leggi vincolanti and Meditazioni sull’ economia politica.

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Isabel Godin des Odonais
(Journeyer)
Isabel Godin des Odonais
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 16th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riobamba, Ecuador
Died: September 28, 1792
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David Tannenberg
(Organ maker)
David Tannenberg
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 21st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Upper Lusatia, Germany
Died: May 19, 1804
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Johann Adam Hiller
(Composer)
Johann Adam Hiller
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 25th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Germany
Died: June 16, 1804