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Hermann Ebbinghaus

1850 - 1909

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Hermann Ebbinghaus (24 January 1850 – 26 February 1909) was a German psychologist who pioneered the experimental study of memory, and is known for his discovery of the forgetting curve and the spacing effect. He was also the first person to describe the learning curve. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hermann Ebbinghaus has received more than 751,637 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia. Hermann Ebbinghaus is the 28th most popular psychologist (down from 27th in 2019), the 299th most popular biography from Germany (down from 276th in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Psychologist.

Hermann Ebbinghaus is most famous for his work on memory, which led to the development of the "forgetting curve."

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Among psychologists, Hermann Ebbinghaus ranks 28 out of 183Before him are Anna Freud, Daniel Kahneman, Wilhelm Reich, Irvin D. Yalom, Alfred Binet, and Lawrence Kohlberg. After him are Gustav Fechner, Karen Horney, Jerome Bruner, Paul Ekman, Howard Gardner, and Milton H. Erickson.

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Among people born in 1850, Hermann Ebbinghaus ranks 9Before him are Guy de Maupassant, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Edward Smith, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Eduard Bernstein, and Sofia Kovalevskaya. After him are Charles Richet, Mihai Eminescu, Pierre Loti, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Pat Garrett, and Oliver Heaviside. Among people deceased in 1909, Hermann Ebbinghaus ranks 5Before him are Leopold II of Belgium, Cesare Lombroso, Geronimo, and Isaac Albéniz. After him are Francisco Tárrega, Hermann Minkowski, Itō Hirobumi, Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria, Peder Severin Krøyer, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, and Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia.

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Among people born in Germany, Hermann Ebbinghaus ranks 299 out of 6,142Before him are Michael Ende (1929), Athanasius Kircher (1602), Alexandra Feodorovna (1798), Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1175), Albrecht Altdorfer (1480), and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742). After him are Ludwig Beck (1880), Carl Ritter (1779), Franz Marc (1880), Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Ernst Ruska (1906), and Michael Wittmann (1914).


Among psychologists born in Germany, Hermann Ebbinghaus ranks 4Before him are Wilhelm Wundt (1832), Erich Fromm (1900), and Erik Erikson (1902). After him are Karen Horney (1885), Hans Eysenck (1916), Fritz Perls (1893), Ernst Kretschmer (1888), Kurt Koffka (1886), Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795), Karl Abraham (1877), and William Stern (1871).