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Leucippus (; Greek: Λεύκιππος, Leúkippos; fl. 5th century BCE) is reported in some ancient sources to have been a philosopher who was the earliest Greek to develop the theory of atomism—the idea that everything is composed entirely of various imperishable, indivisible elements called atoms. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leucippus has received more than 378,279 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Leucippus is the 135th most popular philosopher (up from 139th in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Greece (down from 62nd in 2019) and the 13th most popular Greek Philosopher.

Leucippus is most famous for being the first philosopher to propose the idea of atoms.

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Among philosophers, Leucippus ranks 135 out of 1,089Before him are Joseph Priestley, Herbert Marcuse, Ramon Llull, Al-Tabari, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Emanuel Swedenborg. After him are Edith Stein, Johann Friedrich Herbart, György Lukács, Isocrates, Clement of Alexandria, and Baron d'Holbach.

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Among people born in 500 BC, Leucippus ranks 5Before him are Anaxagoras, Myron, Artaxerxes I of Persia, and Xanthippe. After him are Artemisia I of Caria, Brennus, Ezra, Cyrus the Younger, Xerxes II of Persia, Sogdianus of Persia, and Ictinus. Among people deceased in 500 BC, Leucippus ranks 5Before him are Esther, Myron, Ānanda, and Polykleitos. After him are Artemisia I of Caria, Hippasus, Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, Rāhula, Obadiah, Lars Porsena, and Demaratus.

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Among people born in Greece, Leucippus ranks 63 out of 855Before him are Irene of Athens (752), Xanthippe (-500), Constantine I of Greece (1868), Andromache (null), Seleucus I Nicator (-358), and Epaminondas (-418). After him are Pope Dionysius (200), Peleus (null), Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), Mikis Theodorakis (1925), Isocrates (-436), and Vangelis (1943).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Leucippus ranks 13Before him are Plutarch (46), Protagoras (-486), Gorgias (-483), Theophrastus (-371), Pyrrho (-365), and Antisthenes (-445). After him are Isocrates (-436), Clement of Alexandria (150), Melissus of Samos (-470), Hippias (-443), Diotima of Mantinea (-450), and Chilon of Sparta (-600).