Friedrich Fröbel

1782 - 1852

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Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel or Froebel (German: [ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈʔaʊɡʊst ˈfʁøːbl̩] (listen); 21 April 1782 – 21 June 1852) was a German pedagogue, a student of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, who laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities. He created the concept of the kindergarten and coined the word, which soon entered the English language as well. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Friedrich Fröbel has received more than 527,224 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Friedrich Fröbel is the 90th most popular philosopher (down from 89th in 2019), the 114th most popular biography from Germany (down from 105th in 2019) and the 14th most popular German Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Friedrich Fröbel ranks 90 out of 1,089. Before him are Mencius, Carl von Clausewitz, Jean Bodin, Tertullian, Johann Gottfried Herder, and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. After him are John of Damascus, Jacques Derrida, Gorgias, Isidore of Seville, Athanasius of Alexandria, and Al-Kindi.

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Among people born in 1782, Friedrich Fröbel ranks 3Before him are Martin Van Buren and Niccolò Paganini. After him are Daoguang Emperor, Daniel Auber, Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily, Caroline Bonaparte, Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, William Miller, Ivan Paskevich, John Field, and Archduke John of Austria. Among people deceased in 1852, Friedrich Fröbel ranks 3Before him are Nikolai Gogol and Louis Braille. After him are Ada Lovelace, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Henry Clay, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Auguste de Marmont, Johan Gadolin, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, Karl Bryullov, and Vasily Zhukovsky.

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Among people born in Germany, Friedrich Fröbel ranks 114 out of 5,289. Before him are Helmut Kohl (1930), Alfred Wegener (1880), Baron Munchausen (1720), Theodor Mommsen (1817), Leni Riefenstahl (1902), and Peter III of Russia (1728). After him are Georg Philipp Telemann (1681), Arminius (-17), Novalis (1772), Willy Brandt (1913), Ernst Röhm (1887), and Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Friedrich Fröbel ranks 14Before him are Karl Jaspers (1883), Jürgen Habermas (1929), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), Nicholas of Cusa (1401), Walter Benjamin (1892), and Carl von Clausewitz (1780). After him are Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767), Meister Eckhart (1260), Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), Oswald Spengler (1880), Herbert Marcuse (1898), and Edith Stein (1891).