Gustave Le Bon

1841 - 1931

Gustave Le Bon

Charles-Marie Gustave Le Bon (French: [ɡystav lə bɔ̃]; 7 May 1841 – 13 December 1931) was a leading French polymath whose areas of interest included anthropology, psychology, sociology, medicine, invention, and physics. He is best known for his 1895 work The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, which is considered one of the seminal works of crowd psychology.A native of Nogent-le-Rotrou, Le Bon qualified as a doctor of medicine at the University of Paris in 1866. He opted against the formal practice of medicine as a physician, instead beginning his writing career the same year of his graduation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gustave Le Bon has received more than 425,087 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 15th most popular psychologist.

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Among psychologists, Gustave Le Bon ranks 15 out of 169Before him are Lev Vygotsky, Wilhelm Wundt, William James, Erik Erikson, Carl Rogers, and Viktor Frankl. After him are B. F. Skinner, Albert Bandura, Anna Freud, John B. Watson, Kurt Lewin, and Wilhelm Reich.

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Among people born in 1841, Gustave Le Bon ranks 4Before him are Antonín Dvořák, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Georges Clemenceau. After him are Edward VII, Berthe Morisot, Otto Wagner, Henry Morton Stanley, Henri Fayol, Itō Hirobumi, Frédéric Bazille, and Gerhard Armauer Hansen. Among people deceased in 1931, Gustave Le Bon ranks 4Before him are Thomas Edison, Khalil Gibran, and Anna Pavlova. After him are Lili Elbe, Otto Wallach, Arthur Schnitzler, Albert A. Michelson, Geli Raubal, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, George Herbert Mead, and Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca.

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Among people born in France, Gustave Le Bon ranks 228 out of 4,109Before him are Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (1640), Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113), John II of France (1319), Pope Leo IX (1002), Colette (1873), and Georges Clemenceau (1841). After him are Frédéric Joliot-Curie (1900), Philip V of France (1293), François Boucher (1703), Alfred Dreyfus (1859), Gérard Depardieu (1948), and Madame du Barry (1743).


Among psychologists born in France, Gustave Le Bon ranks 2Before him are Jacques Lacan (1901). After him are Alfred Binet (1857), Princess Marie Bonaparte (1882), Pierre Janet (1859), Théodule-Armand Ribot (1839), Henri Wallon (1879), Françoise Dolto (1908), and Elsa Cayat (1960).

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