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 first 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 177,761 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). A. S. Neill is the 293rd most popular philosopher (down from 288th in 2019), the 533rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 490th in 2019) and the 19th 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 293 out of 1,089Before him are John Searle, Anne Sullivan, Alfred Tarski, Aśvaghoṣa, Panaetius, and Pherecydes of Syros. After him are Félix Guattari, Uriel da Costa, Aenesidemus, Alcmaeon of Croton, Giovanni Gentile, and Jerome of Prague.

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Among people born in 1883, A. S. Neill ranks 34Before him are Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria, Celâl Bayar, Douglas Fairbanks, Wang Jingwei, Norman Haworth, and Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov. After him are Peter Kürten, Mohammed Nadir Shah, Alexander Yegorov, Nina Ricci, Georgios Papanikolaou, and Giovanni Messe. Among people deceased in 1973, A. S. Neill ranks 34Before him are J. Hans D. Jensen, Jacques Maritain, Karl Ziegler, Charles Greeley Abbot, Hans Albert Einstein, and Selman Waksman. After him are Walter Rudolf Hess, Ragnar Frisch, Luis Carrero Blanco, Lex Barker, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Artturi Ilmari Virtanen.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, A. S. Neill ranks 533 out of 6,924Before him are Richard Francis Burton (1821), James Clark Ross (1800), Nigel Mansell (1953), Gordon Banks (1937), James III of Scotland (1451), and Edmund Ironside (993). After him are Bob Hoskins (1942), Alice Liddell (1852), Tony Scott (1944), Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1844), John Bunyan (1628), and Charles Laughton (1899).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, A. S. Neill ranks 19Before him are Alcuin (735), John Venn (1834), Pelagius (360), William Godwin (1756), Thomas Carlyle (1795), and G. E. Moore (1873). After him are J. L. Austin (1911), E. H. Carr (1892), Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855), H. L. A. Hart (1907), John of Salisbury (1110), and Paul Grice (1913).