Alfred Korzybski

1879 - 1950

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Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski (, Polish: [ˈalfrɛt kɔˈʐɨpskʲi]; July 3, 1879 – March 1, 1950) was a Polish-American independent scholar who developed a field called general semantics, which he viewed as both distinct from, and more encompassing than, the field of semantics. He argued that human knowledge of the world is limited both by the human nervous system and the languages humans have developed, and thus no one can have direct access to reality, given that the most we can know is that which is filtered through the brain's responses to reality. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alfred Korzybski has received more than 365,609 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Alfred Korzybski is the 223rd most popular mathematician (up from 225th in 2019), the 287th most popular biography from Poland (down from 286th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Polish Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Alfred Korzybski ranks 223 out of 828Before him are Michel Chasles, Henry Briggs, Thomas Simpson, Menaechmus, Piet Hein, and Helge von Koch. After him are Maria Reiche, Seki Takakazu, Édouard Roche, William Jones, Leo Perutz, and Tullio Levi-Civita.

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Among people born in 1879, Alfred Korzybski ranks 50Before him are Edward Steichen, Bedřich Hrozný, Ali of Hejaz, Hisaichi Terauchi, Ernest Jones, and Shunroku Hata. After him are Aleksandar Stamboliyski, Agrippina Vaganova, Jacob Gade, Nikolai Medtner, Alla Nazimova, and Adolf Strauss. Among people deceased in 1950, Alfred Korzybski ranks 45Before him are Mao Anying, Werner Haase, Francesco Cilea, Grigory Kulik, Salvatore Giuliano, and Karl Guthe Jansky. After him are Emil Abderhalden, Vasil Kolarov, Rafael Sabatini, Fevzi Çakmak, Charles Koechlin, and Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell.

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Among people born in Poland, Alfred Korzybski ranks 287 out of 1,231Before him are Jean Epstein (1897), Hans Jeschonnek (1899), Andrzej Duda (1972), Adolf Engler (1844), Franz Mehring (1846), and Stanislav Kosior (1889). After him are Ewald Georg von Kleist (1700), Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg (1797), Emin Pasha (1840), Władysław I Herman (1043), Alexander Bogdanov (1873), and Edward Gierek (1913).


Among mathematicians born in Poland, Alfred Korzybski ranks 12Before him are Wacław Sierpiński (1882), Hermann Schwarz (1843), Hermann Grassmann (1809), Felix Hausdorff (1868), Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus (1651), and Kazimierz Kuratowski (1896). After him are Hugo Steinhaus (1887), Vitello (1230), Theodor Kaluza (1885), Richard Courant (1888), Emil Leon Post (1897), and Klaus Roth (1925).