Benedict Anderson

1936 - 2015

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Benedict Richard O'Gorman Anderson (August 26, 1936 – December 13, 2015) was a Chinese-born Anglo-Irish political scientist and historian who lived and taught in the United States. Anderson is best known for his 1983 book Imagined Communities, which explored the origins of nationalism. A polyglot with an interest in southeast Asia, he was the Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government & Asian Studies at Cornell University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benedict Anderson has received more than 554,905 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Benedict Anderson is the 8th most popular political scientist (down from 7th in 2019), the 193rd most popular biography from China (down from 185th in 2019) and the most popular Chinese Political Scientist.

Benedict Anderson is most famous for his book "Imagined Communities," which discusses the significance of nationalism in the modern world.

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Among political scientists, Benedict Anderson ranks 8 out of 29Before him are Samuel P. Huntington, Étienne de La Boétie, Harold Lasswell, Hans Morgenthau, Francis Fukuyama, and Ralf Dahrendorf. After him are Georg Jellinek, Robert A. Dahl, Christian Lous Lange, Johan Galtung, Maurice Duverger, and Gene Sharp.

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Among people born in 1936, Benedict Anderson ranks 40Before him are Zubin Mehta, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Margaret Hamilton, Virna Lisi, and Tariq Aziz. After him are Steve Reich, Don Cherry, Choummaly Sayasone, Kris Kristofferson, Yasuo Fukuda, and B. J. Habibie. Among people deceased in 2015, Benedict Anderson ranks 38Before him are Douglass North, Zito, Wes Craven, Alcides Ghiggia, Tariq Aziz, and Günter Schabowski. After him are Yves Chauvin, Frei Otto, Pierre Brice, Charles H. Townes, Faten Hamama, and Irwin Rose.

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Among people born in China, Benedict Anderson ranks 193 out of 1,186Before him are Hyeonjong of Joseon (1641), Zhang Liang (-290), Longqing Emperor (1537), Emperor Dezong of Tang (742), Emperor Zhao of Han (-94), and Emperor Xuan of Han (-91). After him are Li Hongzhang (1823), Faxian (340), Guo Jia (170), Walter Houser Brattain (1902), Emperor Ling of Han (156), and Kaidu (1230).


Among political scientists born in China, Benedict Anderson ranks 1