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Jacques Lacan

1901 - 1981

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Jacques Marie Émile Lacan (UK: , US: , French: [ʒak maʁi emil lakɑ̃]; 13 April 1901 – 9 September 1981) was a French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist. Described as "the most controversial psycho-analyst since Freud", Lacan gave yearly seminars in Paris from 1953 to 1981, and published papers that were later collected in the book Écrits. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques Lacan has received more than 2,573,465 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia. Jacques Lacan is the 10th most popular psychologist (down from 8th in 2019), the 118th most popular biography from France and the most popular French Psychologist.

Jacques Lacan is most famous for his idea that the unconscious is structured like a language. This idea is based on the idea that the unconscious is structured like a language.

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Among psychologists, Jacques Lacan ranks 10 out of 183Before him are Abraham Maslow, Alfred Adler, Wilhelm Wundt, Lev Vygotsky, Erich Fromm, and John Dewey. After him are William James, Erik Erikson, Viktor Frankl, Carl Rogers, Gustave Le Bon, and Albert Bandura.

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Among people born in 1901, Jacques Lacan ranks 8Before him are Walt Disney, Marlene Dietrich, Werner Heisenberg, Louis Armstrong, Enrico Fermi, and Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. After him are Linus Pauling, Clark Gable, Rudolf Höss, Sukarno, Fulgencio Batista, and Leopold III of Belgium. Among people deceased in 1981, Jacques Lacan ranks 3Before him are Bob Marley and Anwar Sadat. After him are Albert Speer, Moshe Dayan, Eugenio Montale, Natalie Wood, William Wyler, Max Euwe, Soong Ching-ling, Frederica of Hanover, and Hans Adolf Krebs.

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Among people born in France, Jacques Lacan ranks 118 out of 6,011Before him are Albert Schweitzer (1875), Philip II of France (1165), Anatole France (1844), Saint Sebastian (300), Rudolf Diesel (1858), and Marcel Duchamp (1887). After him are François Rabelais (1494), Charles XIV John of Sweden (1763), Hugh Capet (940), Jacques Chirac (1932), Louis XVIII of France (1755), and Camille Saint-Saëns (1835).


Among psychologists born in France, Jacques Lacan ranks 1After him are Gustave Le Bon (1841), Alfred Binet (1857), Princess Marie Bonaparte (1882), Pierre Janet (1859), Théodule-Armand Ribot (1839), Émile Coué (1857), Henri Wallon (1879), Françoise Dolto (1908), Jean Laplanche (1924), and Boris Cyrulnik (1937).