James Legge

1815 - 1897

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James Legge (; 20 December 1815 – 29 November 1897) was a Scottish linguist, missionary, sinologist, and translator who was best known as an early translator of Classical Chinese texts into English. Legge served as a representative of the London Missionary Society in Malacca and Hong Kong (1840–1873) and was the first Professor of Chinese at Oxford University (1876–1897). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Legge has received more than 181,743 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). James Legge is the 77th most popular linguist (up from 109th in 2019), the 1,993rd most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 4th most popular British Linguist.

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Among linguists, James Legge ranks 77 out of 160Before him are Johannes Aavik, Matthias Castrén, Carl Brockelmann, Alexander Gode, Adolf Erman, and Ramón Menéndez Pidal. After him are August Immanuel Bekker, Karl Brugmann, Joshua Fishman, Holger Pedersen, John Chadwick, and August Friedrich Pott.

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Among people born in 1815, James Legge ranks 38Before him are Crawford Long, Alexander von Middendorff, Alphonse Beau de Rochas, Temistocle Solera, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and John A. Macdonald. After him are Robert Volkmann, Charles Renouvier, Federico de Madrazo y Kuntz, George Averoff, Jean-Delphin Alard, and Louis Le Chatelier. Among people deceased in 1897, James Legge ranks 40Before him are Panteleimon Kulish, Léon Boëllmann, David Schwarz, Henri Meilhac, Stanislas de Guaita, and Charles-Denis Bourbaki. After him are Julius von Sachs, Charles Boycott, Prince William of Baden, Alvan Graham Clark, Ion Ghica, and Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, James Legge ranks 1,993 out of 6,924Before him are Michael Apted (1941), Dua Lipa (1995), Æthelfrith (600), John William Draper (1811), Thomas Beecham (1879), and Edith Pargeter (1913). After him are William Smith (1813), Bill Foulkes (1932), Joseph Delaney (1945), June Whitfield (1925), Walter Clopton Wingfield (1833), and Herbert Chapman (1878).

Among LINGUISTS In United Kingdom

Among linguists born in United Kingdom, James Legge ranks 4Before him are William Jones (1746), Robert Morrison (1782), and Michael Halliday (1925). After him are John Chadwick (1920), Brian Houghton Hodgson (1800), Daniel Jones (1881), John Florio (1553), Jane Ellen Harrison (1850), Henry Liddell (1811), John Eliot (1604), and Henry Sweet (1845).