604 BC - 600 BC

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Laozi (, Chinese: 老子), also romanized as Lao Tzu and various other ways, was a semi-legendary ancient Chinese philosopher, author of the Tao Te Ching, the foundational text of Taoism along with the Zhuangzi. Laozi is a Chinese honorific, typically translated as "the Old Master". Modern scholarship generally regards his biographical details as invented, and his opus a collaboration. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Laozi has received more than 8,788,655 page views. His biography is available in 147 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 141 in 2019). Laozi is the 43rd most popular philosopher (down from 36th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from China (down from 5th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Chinese Philosopher.

Laozi is most famous for being the founder of Daoism.

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  • 8.8M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 79.98

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 147

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.46

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 6.79

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Laozis by language

Over the past year Laozi has had the most page views in the with 4,279,447 views, followed by Chinese (250,261), and Spanish (154,304). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are (9,141.67%), Basque (512.60%), and Tajik (388.68%)


Among philosophers, Laozi ranks 43 out of 1,267Before him are Maria Montessori, Plutarch, Søren Kierkegaard, David Hume, Sun Tzu, and Rajneesh. After him are Empedocles, Origen, Protagoras, Ludwig Wittgenstein, John Amos Comenius, and Lucretius.

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Among people born in 604 BC, Laozi ranks 1 Among people deceased in 600 BC, Laozi ranks 1After him are Tomyris, Draco, Habakkuk, Belshazzar, Astyages, Maya, Theano, Anacharsis, Epimenides, Phalaris, and Ibycus.

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In China

Among people born in China, Laozi ranks 6 out of 1,610Before him are Confucius (-551), Mao Zedong (1893), Huang Xianfan (1899), Qin Shi Huang (-258), and Sun Tzu (-544). After him are Zheng He (1387), Sun Yat-sen (1866), Deng Xiaoping (1904), Li Bai (701), Sima Qian (-145), and 14th Dalai Lama (1935).


Among philosophers born in China, Laozi ranks 3Before him are Confucius (-551), and Sun Tzu (-544). After him are Mencius (-372), Zhuang Zhou (-369), Zhu Xi (1130), Mozi (-470), Han Fei (-280), Xun Kuang (-313), Milarepa (1052), Shen Kuo (1031), and Wang Yangming (1472).