With 117 biographies, Linguists are the 52nd most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Comic Artists, Celebrities, and Gymnasts.

Pantheon has 118 people classified as linguists born between 500 BC and 1971. Of these 118, 12 (10.17%) 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 Roman Jakobson.

Living Linguists

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Most linguists were born in Germany (18), United States (15), and Russia (11). By city, the most common birth places were Moscow (6), New York City (4), and Paris (3).The most common death places of linguists were Germany (14), United States (12), and France (11). By city, these were Paris (6), Berlin (4), and Vienna (4).

The earliest biographies classified as linguists in Pantheon are Hesychius of Alexandria, 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.