Benjamin Lee Whorf

1897 - 1941

Benjamin Lee Whorf

Benjamin Lee Whorf (; April 24, 1897 – July 26, 1941) was an American linguist and fire prevention engineer. Whorf is widely known as an advocate for the idea that differences between the structures of different languages shape how their speakers perceive and conceptualize the world. This principle has frequently been called the "Sapir–Whorf hypothesis", after him and his mentor Edward Sapir, but Whorf called it the principle of linguistic relativity, because he saw the idea as having implications similar to Einstein's principle of physical relativity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benjamin Lee Whorf has received more than 295,968 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 52nd most popular linguist.

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Among linguists, Benjamin Lee Whorf ranks 52 out of 117Before him are Hermann Paul, Vatroslav Jagić, Vilhelm Thomsen, Karl Lachmann, Étienne Dolet, and Noah Webster. After him are Boris Kolker, Claude Piron, August Leskien, Hugo Schuchardt, Robert Morrison, and Friedrich Christian Diez.

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Among people born in 1897, Benjamin Lee Whorf ranks 96Before him are Lester B. Pearson, Joseph Darnand, Mukhtar Auezov, Carl Oberg, Elijah Muhammad, and Jesse Douglas. After him are Emil Leon Post, Samuel Noah Kramer, George Szell, Edmund Heines, Otto Dietrich, and Vaso Čubrilović. Among people deceased in 1941, Benjamin Lee Whorf ranks 64Before him are Émile Picard, Hans Berger, Charles Huntziger, Christian Sinding, Hjalmar Söderberg, and Joachim Schepke. After him are Natalie of Serbia, Ivan Panfilov, Jelly Roll Morton, Alexandros Koryzis, Guido Adler, and Walter Ruttmann.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Benjamin Lee Whorf ranks 2,225 out of 12,171Before him are Rubin Carter (1937), Jessica Biel (1982), Michael Dudikoff (1954), Mark Margolis (1939), Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (1981), and Jason Newsted (1963). After him are Kim Peek (1951), Morton Feldman (1926), Grace Slick (1939), Walter Chrysler (1875), Robert Forster (1941), and Bud Powell (1924).

Among LINGUISTS In United States

Among linguists born in United States, Benjamin Lee Whorf ranks 7Before him are Noam Chomsky (1928), William James Sidis (1898), Leonard Bloomfield (1887), Joseph Greenberg (1915), George Lakoff (1941), and Noah Webster (1758). After him are Joshua Fishman (1926), William Labov (1927), George Kingsley Zipf (1902), Morris Swadesh (1909), William Dwight Whitney (1827), and Brian Houghton Hodgson (1800).