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With 161 biographies, Linguists are the 54th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Celebrities, Fencers, and Comic Artists.

Pantheon has 179 people classified as linguists born between 500 BC and 1971. Of these 179, 17 (9.50%) 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 William James Sidis. As of April 2022, 18 new linguists have been added to Pantheon including Vasili Eroshenko, Agop Dilâçar, and Albert Sechehaye.

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Most linguists were born in Germany (28), United States (19), and United Kingdom (15). By city, the most common birth places were Moscow (7), Paris (4), and Berlin (4).The most common death places of linguists were Germany (25), United States (22), and France (16). By city, these were Berlin (8), Paris (8), and Saint Petersburg (6).

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.

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