Benjamin Lee Whorf

1897 - 1941

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Benjamin Lee Whorf (; April 24, 1897 – July 26, 1941) was a US 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 358,804 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Benjamin Lee Whorf is the 35th most popular linguist (up from 52nd in 2019), the 1,603rd most popular biography from United States (up from 2,225th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Linguist.

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Among linguists, Benjamin Lee Whorf ranks 35 out of 160Before him are Jan Baudouin de Courtenay, Johann Christoph Adelung, Pompeu Fabra, Friedrich August Wolf, Bedřich Hrozný, and Ignác Goldziher. After him are Joseph Greenberg, Edgar de Wahl, Gabdulkhay Akhatov, André Martinet, Michel Bréal, and Leonard Bloomfield.

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Among people born in 1897, Benjamin Lee Whorf ranks 68Before him are Theodor Busse, Hans Speidel, Vito Genovese, Thornton Wilder, Karl Löwith, and Sepp Herberger. After him are Jean Epstein, Johann Rattenhuber, Fredric March, Douglas Sirk, Emil Maurice, and Ronald George Wreyford Norrish. Among people deceased in 1941, Benjamin Lee Whorf ranks 51Before him are Pál Teleki, Edwin S. Porter, Rudolf Hilferding, Annie Jump Cannon, Hans Driesch, and Ernst Lindemann. After him are Maria Spiridonova, Ivan Panfilov, Tullio Levi-Civita, Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Paul-Jacques Curie, and Henri Cornet.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Benjamin Lee Whorf ranks 1,603 out of 15,968Before him are Harry Stack Sullivan (1892), Doc Holliday (1851), Marvin Minsky (1927), Henry Heimlich (1920), Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), and William Standish Knowles (1917). After him are Sam Loyd (1841), Charles G. Dawes (1865), Ornette Coleman (1930), John Backus (1924), Burt Bacharach (1928), and Harold Ramis (1944).

Among LINGUISTS In United States

Among linguists born in United States, Benjamin Lee Whorf ranks 3Before him are Noam Chomsky (1928) and William James Sidis (1898). After him are Joseph Greenberg (1915), Leonard Bloomfield (1887), George Lakoff (1941), William Labov (1927), Noah Webster (1758), Joshua Fishman (1926), Morris Swadesh (1909), George Kingsley Zipf (1902), and Stephen Krashen (1941).