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With 214 biographies, Linguists are the 54th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Psychologists, Comic Artists, and Pornographic Actors.


Pantheon has 211 people classified as linguists born between 500 BC and 1971. Of these 211, 22 (10.43%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living linguists include Noam Chomsky, Jost Gippert, and George Lakoff. The most famous deceased linguists include Ferdinand de Saussure, Max Müller, and Mahmud al-Kashgari. As of April 2024, 26 new linguists have been added to Pantheon including Leo Spitzer, Nakahama Manjirō, and Georg Curtius.

Living Linguists

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Deceased Linguists

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Newly Added Linguists (2024)

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Most linguists were born in Germany (33), United States (24), and United Kingdom (18). By city, the most common birth places were Moscow (8), London (5), and Paris (4).The most common death places of linguists were Germany (30), United States (26), and France (17). By city, these were Berlin (8), Saint Petersburg (8), and Copenhagen (6).

Places Over Time

The earliest biographies classified as linguists in Pantheon are Mesrop Mashtots, Patanjali, and Pāṇini.  The concentration of linguists was largest during the Newspaper Era, which lasted from 1700 to 1899. Some birth or death locations for earlier linguists are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.


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