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A. S. Neill

1883 - 1973

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Alexander Sutherland Neill (17 October 1883 – 23 September 1973) was a Scottish educator and author known for his school, Summerhill, and its philosophy of freedom from adult coercion and community self-governance. Raised in Scotland, Neill taught at several schools before attending the University of Edinburgh in 1908–1912. He took two jobs in journalism before World War I, and taught at Gretna Green Village School in the second year of the war, writing his first book, A Dominie's Log (1915), as a diary of his life there as head teacher. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of A. S. Neill has received more than 244,985 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). A. S. Neill is the 286th most popular philosopher (up from 293rd in 2019), the 516th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 532nd in 2019) and the 20th most popular British Philosopher.

A. S. Neill is most famous for his work with children and his founding of Summerhill School. Neill believed that children should be given the freedom to explore their own interests and learn from their own mistakes.

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Among philosophers, A. S. Neill ranks 286 out of 1,081Before him are Priscus, Bruno Bauer, Panaetius, Rudolf Bultmann, Arnaldus de Villa Nova, and Anacharsis. After him are Nicolai Hartmann, Félix Guattari, Roscellinus, Ramana Maharshi, Adam of Bremen, and Synesius.

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Among people born in 1883, A. S. Neill ranks 32Before him are Johannes Blaskowitz, Celâl Bayar, Andrey Vyshinsky, Lon Chaney, Wang Jingwei, and Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy. After him are Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Norman Haworth, Peter Kürten, Alexander Yegorov, Angela Hitler, and Nina Ricci. Among people deceased in 1973, A. S. Neill ranks 38Before him are Hans Albert Einstein, Karl Ziegler, Charles Greeley Abbot, Luis Carrero Blanco, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Walter Rudolf Hess. After him are Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Amílcar Cabral, Lex Barker, Elsa Schiaparelli, Ingeborg Bachmann, and François Cevert.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, A. S. Neill ranks 516 out of 7,765Before him are Thomas Cranmer (1489), John Dowland (1563), Sid Vicious (1957), David Hockney (1937), Henry Hudson (1570), and Nigel Mansell (1953). After him are James Bradley (1693), Maud of Wales (1869), William Tyndale (1494), Bobby Moore (1941), Bill Wyman (1936), and John Wallis (1616).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, A. S. Neill ranks 20Before him are Alcuin (735), Pelagius (360), Thomas Carlyle (1795), William Godwin (1756), G. E. Moore (1873), and Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855). After him are E. H. Carr (1892), J. L. Austin (1911), H. L. A. Hart (1907), John of Salisbury (1110), Francis Hutcheson (1694), and Paul Grice (1913).