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With 339 biographies, Historians are the 37th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Chess Players, Hockey Players, and Inventors.

Pantheon has 437 people classified as historians born between 550 BC and 1982. Of these 437, 73 (16.70%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living historians include Jared Diamond, Carlo Ginzburg, and Donna Haraway. The most famous deceased historians include Herodotus, Ibn Khaldun, and Thucydides. As of April 2022, 97 new historians have been added to Pantheon including Joannes Zonaras, Ernst Kantorowicz, and Ibn Hibban.

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Deceased Historians

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Newly Added Historians (2022)

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Most historians were born in United Kingdom (60), Germany (52), and France (48). By city, the most common birth places were Paris (9), London (9), and New York City (8).The most common death places of historians were United States (51), United Kingdom (43), and France (42). By city, these were Paris (20), London (12), and Rome (10).

The earliest biographies classified as historians in Pantheon are Thucydides, Herodotus, and Hecataeus of Miletus.  The concentration of historians was largest during the Radio & Film Era, which lasted from 1900 to 1949. Some birth or death locations for earlier historians are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.

Which Historians were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Historians since 1700.

Historians are found within the Humanities domain which also includes Writers, Philosophers, Linguists, Journalists, and Critics.