Famous People Who Died In 1923

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1923. This list includes people like Warren G. Harding, Pancho Villa, Gustave Eiffel, Sarah Bernhardt, Katherine Mansfield and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, inventors, journalists and physicists who died in 1923. This list includes people from United Kingdom, France, United States & Germany and many more countries.
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Pancho Villa
(Governor of Chihuahua from 1913 to 1914)
Pancho Villa
33
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 5, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: La Coyotada, Mexico
Died: July 20
Military leader Pancho Villa was a significant figure of the Mexican Revolution. He supported the ouster of dictator Porfirio Diaz and later fought to remove Victoriano Huerta from power. He also allied with Emiliano Zapata and fought against Venustiano Carranza. He remains immortalized in many films and novels.
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Warren G. Harding
(29th President of the United States (1921–1923))
Warren G. Harding
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 2, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Blooming Grove, Ohio, United States
Died: August 2

The 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding assumed office in 1921 shortly after the end of WWI and became very popular. He died in 1923 while still in office. Later, various scandals that occured during his presidency were uncovered and his image suffered a serious setback. His presidency is today ranked amongst the worst in the American history.

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Gustave Eiffel
(French Civil Engineer Known for His Contribution to Building the ‘Statue of Liberty’ and ‘Eiffel Tower’)
Gustave Eiffel
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: December 15, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: December 27
The man behind the jewel that adorns Paris, the Eiffel Tower, French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel later earned the nickname “the magician of iron.” He revolutionized bridge-building by using compressed-air caissons, designed the Statue of Liberty, and built the first aerodynamic laboratory. He died while listening to Beethoven's 5th symphony.
 4 
Wilhelm Rontgen
(German Mechanical Engineer and Winner of the 1901 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Wilhelm Rontgen
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: March 27, 1845
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lennep, Remscheid, Germany
Died: February 10

Wilhelm Rontgen was a German physicist and mechanical engineer. He is best remembered for producing and detecting X-rays for which he was honored with the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. His discovery of X-rays remains one of the greatest achievements in the field of medical science.

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Sarah Bernhardt
(One of the Most Popular French Actresses of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century)
Sarah Bernhardt
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Birthdate: October 23, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 26

Sarah Bernhardt was a French actress known for playing important roles in popular French plays of the early-20th century.  Her decision to play Hamlet inspired Theresa Rebeck's play Bernhardt/Hamlet, in which Janet McTeer portrayed Sarah Bernhardt. In 1960, Bernhardt became the earliest born person to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 6 
Constantine I
(Former King of Greece (1913 - 1917))
Constantine I
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Birthdate: August 2, 1868
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: January 11
Constantine I reigned as the king of Greece from 1913 to 1917 and again from 1920 to 1922. He led the Greek army during the Balkan Wars of 1912–1913. The National Schism was a result of his disagreement with Eleftherios Venizelos on whether Greece should join World War I.
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Katherine Mansfield
(One of the Most Highly Regarded Short Story Writers of the 20th Century)
Katherine Mansfield
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 14, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellington
Died: January 9

Katherine Mansfield was a New Zealand modernist writer best remembered for her short stories. Her life and career inspired several films, plays, novels, and TV series. In 1973, she became the subject of a BBC miniseries titled A Picture of Katherine Mansfield. In 2011, actress Kate Elliott played Mansfield in a TV biopic titled Bliss.

 8 
Andrew Bonar Law
(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1922-23))
Andrew Bonar Law
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 16, 1858
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rexton, Canada
Died: October 30
 9 
John Venn
(Mathematician)
John Venn
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 4, 1834
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull
Died: April 4
 10 
Vilfredo Pareto
(Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher)
Vilfredo Pareto
1
Birthdate: July 15, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris
Died: August 19

A qualified civil engineer, Vilfredo Pareto had initially worked for the railways and the ironworks. However, he gradually deviated to philosophy, sociology, and politics and gained fame for his application of math to economic issues and his introduction of Pareto efficiency. Mind and Society remains his best-known work.

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Joaquín Sorolla
(Spanish Valencian Painter Best Known for His Depictions of Beach and Water Scenes)
Joaquín Sorolla
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Birthdate: February 27, 1863
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: August 10

Born into poverty and orphaned at age 2, Impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla later traveled to Rome to acquire training in painting. He began his career painting on themes of historical and social relevance and later also excelled in landscapes and portraits. Sad Inheritance remains one of his best works.

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Julius Martov
(Russian Revolutionary and Prominent Menshevik Leader)
Julius Martov
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: April 4

Russian revolutionary and politician Julius Martov was a prominent leader of the Mensheviks. A close associate of Vladimir Lenin since his initial political career, he later clashed with Lenin’s ideology of limiting party membership to an exclusive group. He spent his finals years in Berlin as an editor of Socialist Courier.

George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 26, 1866
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hampshire, England
Died: April 5
 14 
Jack Trice
(American football player)
Jack Trice
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 12, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hiram, Ohio, United States
Died: October 8
 15 
James Dewar
(Scottish Chemist and Physicist Best Known for His Invention of the 'Vacuum Flask')
James Dewar
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 20, 1842
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kincardine, Scotland
Died: March 27

James Dewar was a British chemist and physicist best known for his invention of the vacuum flask. He conducted considerable research into the liquefaction of gases and atomic and molecular spectroscopy. He also wrote papers on the qualities of hydrogen and organic chemistry. He was awarded the Albert Medal of the Royal Society of Arts and the Rumford Medal. 

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Georg Luger
(Austrian Firearms Designer)
Georg Luger
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 6, 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Steinach am Brenner, Tyrol, Austria
Died: December 22
 17 
Charlotte Mason
(British Educator & Reformer)
Charlotte Mason
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 1, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
Died: January 16

Renowned educator of the 1800s, Charlotte Mason introduced a new way of teaching children, which included the use of books which engage the reader, or what she called “living books,” maintaining a nature journal, and using music and art as resources. She helped develop homeschooling techniques that are in use to this day.

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Maurice Barrès
(Novelist)
Maurice Barrès
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Birthdate: August 19, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charmes, France
Died: December 4
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Hovhannes Tumanyan
(Poet)
Hovhannes Tumanyan
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 19, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lori Province, Armenia
Died: March 23
 20 
Willie Keeler
(Baseball player)
Willie Keeler
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 3, 1872
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: January 1
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Princess Louise of Prussia
(Politician)
Princess Louise of Prussia
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Birthdate: December 3, 1838
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: April 23
 22 
Charles Rothschild
(Banker, Entomologist)
Charles Rothschild
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 9, 1877
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London
Died: October 12
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Théophile Steinlen
(French Art Nouveau Painter and Printmaker)
Théophile Steinlen
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Birthdate: November 10, 1859
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: December 13

French-Swiss artist Théophile Steinlen is best remembered for his Art Nouveau paintings. He was also known for his signature, and mostly symbolic, use of cats in most of his works. He got acquainted with several artists at the Le Chat Noir club, leading to commissions for artwork.

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Aleksandŭr Stamboliyski
(20th Prime Minister of Bulgaria (1919 - 1923))
Aleksandŭr Stamboliyski
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 1, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Slavovitsa, Bulgaria
Died: June 14

Aleksandŭr Stamboliyski was a Bulgarian politician best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 14 October 1919 to 9 June 1923. He was ousted from his position in a coup d'état and was subsequently tortured and killed on 14 June 1923.

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Hertha Ayrton
(British Engineer, Mathematician, Physicist and Inventor Known for Her Work With the 'Electric Arcs')
Hertha Ayrton
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Birthdate: April 28, 1854
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Died: August 26

Hertha Ayrton was a British engineer,  physicist, mathematician, and inventor. She is remembered for her work on electric arcs and ripple marks in sand and water, for which she was awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society. As a woman in the 19th century, she had to face innumerable struggles in her career. She was also a passionate suffragist. 

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Khama III
(Ngwato Chief)
Khama III
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Mosu, Botswana
Died: February 21

Khama III was the Kgosi (king) of the Bangwato people. He was also referred to by missionaries as Khama the Good and Khama the Great. As a young man, he had considerable wealth and was well-traveled. He also spoke fluent Dutch. He was baptized into the Lutheran church in 1860 and is remembered as the founder of a Christian state. 

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Jaroslav Hašek
(Czech Writer and Journalist Best Known for His Novel 'The Fate of the Good Soldier Švejk')
Jaroslav Hašek
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 30, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: January 3

Initially a bank clerk, Jaroslav Hašek later dedicated his life to writing. The Czech author is best known for his iconic historical satire The Good Soldier Schweik. He had also been imprisoned as a Russian prisoner of war during World War I and was known for his bohemian life.

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Charles Henry Turner
(Zoologist)
Charles Henry Turner
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Birthdate: February 3, 1867
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: February 14
 29 
Damdin Sükhbaatar
(Army Leader)
Damdin Sükhbaatar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 2, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Khuree, Qing Empire, Mongolia
Died: February 20
 30 
Ernst Troeltsch
(Politician, Theologian, University teacher, Sociologist)
Ernst Troeltsch
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 17, 1865
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Augsburg-Haunstetten
Died: February 1

Ernst Troeltsch was one of the first German theologians to insist that the Christian church should reconsider its version of absolute truth. The Social Teaching of the Christian Churches remains his best-known work. The son of a physician, he was skeptical of religious absolutism from the very beginning.

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Princess Anastasia of Greece and Denmark
(Princess)
Princess Anastasia of Greece and Denmark
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 20, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zanesville, Ohio, United States
Died: August 29
 32 
Frank Hayes
(American Jockey)
Frank Hayes
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1901 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: June 4
 33 
Krišjānis Barons
(Writer)
Krišjānis Barons
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 31, 1835
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jaunpils parish, Latvia
Died: March 8
 34 
Edward W. Morley
(Scientist)
Edward W. Morley
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 29, 1838
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 24
 35 
Dora Pejačević
(Composer)
Dora Pejačević
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 10, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 5
 36 
William R. Day
(Jurist)
William R. Day
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 17, 1849
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ravenna, Ohio, United States
Died: July 9
 37 
Edward Emerson Barnard
(American astronomer)
Edward Emerson Barnard
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 16, 1857
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nashville
Died: February 6

Having lost his father a few months before his birth, Edward Emerson Barnard struggled with poverty and missed out on formal education, but realized his passion for photography quite early in life. Remembered as a pioneer of celestial photography, he discovered countless comets and celestial bodies, including the Barnard’s star.

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Thomas Shaughnessy, 1st Baron Shaughnessy
(Railway administrator)
Thomas Shaughnessy, 1st Baron Shaughnessy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 6, 1853
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: December 10
 39 
Henry Martyn Robert
(Soldier)
Henry Martyn Robert
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 2, 1837
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Robertville, South Carolina, United States
Died: May 11
 40 
John Morley
(Statesman)
John Morley
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Birthdate: December 24, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blackburn, England
Died: September 23

John Morley was a British writer, newspaper editor, and politician. Morley served as the Chief Secretary for Ireland from February to July 1886. Between 1905 and 1910, he was the Secretary of State for India. John Morley is best remembered for his writings, many of which have been published. Morley is credited with inspiring influential figures like Mahomed Ali Jinnah.

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Elihu Vedder
(Painter)
Elihu Vedder
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Birthdate: February 26, 1836
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 29
 42 
Louis Couperus
(Dutch Novelist and Poet)
Louis Couperus
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 10, 1863
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: July 16

Author Louis Couperus was one of the most significant figures of the Dutch literary revival in the 1880s. Born in the Dutch East Indies, he later lived in Italy, the Netherlands, and parts of Asia and Africa. He experimented with styles and themes such as French realism, the occult, and Oriental culture.

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Edith Södergran
(One of the Best Modern Swedish-Language Poets)
Edith Södergran
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 4, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 24

Edith Södergran was a Finnish poet whose poetry has influenced numerous lyrical poets all over the world. Counted among the greatest Swedish-language poets of modernism, Södergran's work continues to influence Swedish-language musical lyrics and poetry. Edith Södergran did not live long enough to experience the appreciation of her poetry as she died at the age of 31 due to tuberculosis.

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Arthur Kinnaird, 11th Lord Kinnaird
(Football player)
Arthur Kinnaird, 11th Lord Kinnaird
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 16, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kensington, England
Died: January 30
 45 
Théophile Delcassé
(Statesman)
Théophile Delcassé
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 1, 1853
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pamiers, France
Died: February 22
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Ledi Sayadaw
(Buddhist Monk)
Ledi Sayadaw
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 1, 1846
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saingpyin, Dabayin Kingdom of Burma
Died: June 27
 47 
Charles Proteus Steinmetz
(German Mathematician and Engineer Whose Research on AC Systems Revolutionized the US Electric Industry)
Charles Proteus Steinmetz
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 9, 1865
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wrocław
Died: October 26

Though German-born American mathematician and engineer Charles Proteus Steinmetz suffered from a deformed back since childhood, he excelled in math, physics, and classical literature. His ideas on alternating current (AC) systems initiated the electrical era in the US. By the time he died, he had over 200 patents under his name.

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Takeo Arishima
(Japanese Novelist Known for His Novel 'Aru Onna' And for His Strong Humanitarian Views)
Takeo Arishima
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 4, 1878
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: June 9

Takeo Arishima was a Japanese short-story writer, novelist, and essayist who worked during the Taishō and late Meiji periods. In addition to being a writer, Takeo Arishima also served as a teacher at his alma mater. Many of his major works, including Aru Onna and Kain no Matsuei, were translated into English by popular authors.

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Walther Penck
(German Geomorphologist and Geologist Who Is Remembered for His Work on 'Landform Evolution')
Walther Penck
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 30, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 29
German geomorphologist and geologist Walther Penck, the son of geographer Albrecht Penck, is remembered for his extensive research on landform evolution. He orimarily criticized and modified the Davisian cycle of erosion and taught at the universities of Constantinople and Leipzig. A volcano in northwestern Argentina has been named after him.
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Prince Ernest Augustus, 3rd Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale
(Prince)
Prince Ernest Augustus, 3rd Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 21, 1845
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: November 14