Adolf Bastian

1826 - 1905

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Adolf Philipp Wilhelm Bastian (26 June 1826 – 2 February 1905) was a 19th-century polymath best remembered for his contributions to the development of ethnography and the development of anthropology as a discipline. Modern psychology owes him a great debt, because of his theory of the Elementargedanke, which led to Carl Jung's development of the theory of archetypes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Adolf Bastian has received more than 96,535 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Adolf Bastian is the 109th most popular psychologist (down from 106th in 2019), the 1,484th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,523rd in 2019) and the 15th most popular German Psychologist.

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Among psychologists, Adolf Bastian ranks 109 out of 182Before him are Wilfred Bion, Serge Moscovici, James McKeen Cattell, Heinz Kohut, Émile Coué, and Benjamin Spock. After him are Urie Bronfenbrenner, Marie-Louise von Franz, R. D. Laing, Édouard Claparède, William McDougall, and Henri Wallon.

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Among people born in 1826, Adolf Bastian ranks 16Before him are Alexander Afanasyev, Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden, Stanislao Cannizzaro, Danilo I, Prince of Montenegro, Frederic Edwin Church, and Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin. After him are Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, George Johnstone Stoney, Karl von Piloty, Stephen Foster, Cetshwayo kaMpande, and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Mikhailovna of Russia. Among people deceased in 1905, Adolf Bastian ranks 22Before him are Alois Riegl, Constantin Meunier, Albert Edelfelt, Albert von Kölliker, Josip Juraj Strossmayer, and Hudson Taylor. After him are Alphonse Allais, Archduke Joseph Karl of Austria, Ivan Sechenov, Oswald Achenbach, Marcel Schwob, and Anton Ažbe.

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Among people born in Germany, Adolf Bastian ranks 1,484 out of 5,289Before him are Christian Wulff (1959), Christian Leopold von Buch (1774), Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (1825), Elvira Madigan (1867), Hans Langsdorff (1894), and Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony (1728). After him are Frederick IV, Elector Palatine (1574), Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse (1906), Uli Stielike (1954), Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1778), Gottfried John (1942), and Gisela of Swabia (990).


Among psychologists born in Germany, Adolf Bastian ranks 15Before him are Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795), William Stern (1871), Karl Abraham (1877), Kurt Koffka (1886), Karl Bühler (1879), and Rudolf Arnheim (1904). After him are Marie-Louise von Franz (1915), Ulric Neisser (1928), and Charlotte Bühler (1893).