Aaron Swartz

1986 - 2013

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Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist. As a programmer, Swartz helped develop the web feed format RSS; the technical architecture for Creative Commons, an organization dedicated to creating copyright licenses; the website framework; and the lightweight markup language format Markdown. Swartz was involved in the development of the social news aggregation website Reddit until he departed from the company in 2007. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Aaron Swartz has received more than 10,480,337 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Aaron Swartz is the 608th most popular social activist (down from 506th in 2019), the 10,519th most popular biography from United States (down from 9,460th in 2019) and the 95th most popular American Social Activist.

Memorability Metrics

  • 10M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 42.96

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 67

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.26

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 6.26

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Aaron Swartzs by language

Over the past year Aaron Swartz has had the most page views in the with 1,195,514 views, followed by French (62,857), and Spanish (40,790). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Simple English (205.60%), Swahili (167.43%), and Esperanto (80.55%)


Among social activists, Aaron Swartz ranks 608 out of 840Before him are Lillian Wald, Hadja Saran Daraba Kaba, Nirmala Deshpande, Arthur Scargill, Jared Taylor, and Anna Aloys Henga. After him are Jadav Payeng, Agnès Callamard, Mario Savio, James Larkin, Rachel Corrie, and Albertina Sisulu.

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Among people born in 1986, Aaron Swartz ranks 158Before him are Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Enzo Pérez, Éder, Camilla Belle, Zlata Ognevich, and Ari Aster. After him are Moon Chae-won, Yohan Cabaye, Antonia Thomas, Moussa Sow, Ștefan Radu, and Shaun White. Among people deceased in 2013, Aaron Swartz ranks 441Before him are Ebbe Parsner, Malachi Throne, Magic Slim, Hugh Huxley, Slim Whitman, and Kauko Hänninen. After him are Jacques Grimonpon, Haji, Bruce C. Murray, Vern Mikkelsen, Reeva Steenkamp, and Vasile Tiță.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Aaron Swartz ranks 10,519 out of 20,380Before him are Scott Steiner (1962), Michelle Hurst (1953), Milton Sills (1882), Ricardo Cortez (1900), Brett Kavanaugh (1965), and Brewster Kahle (1960). After him are Vanness Wu (1978), Margaret Lindsay (1910), Jane Sibbett (1962), Frank Albertson (1909), Steve Walsh (1951), and Eytan Fox (1964).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United States

Among social activists born in United States, Aaron Swartz ranks 95Before him are Katie Eder (1950), Andrea James (1967), Ryan White (1971), Ella Baker (1903), Martin Luther King III (1957), and Lillian Wald (1867). After him are Mario Savio (1942), Rachel Corrie (1979), Betty Ong (1956), Frances Willard (1839), Mary McLeod Bethune (1875), and Yolanda King (1955).