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Leucippus (; Greek: Λεύκιππος, Leúkippos; fl. 5th century BCE) is a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher who has been credited as the first philosopher to develop a theory of atomism. Leucippus' reputation, even in antiquity, was obscured by the reputation of his much more famous pupil, Democritus, who is also credited with the first development of atomic theory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leucippus has received more than 467,964 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Leucippus is the 90th most popular philosopher (up from 135th in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from Greece (up from 63rd in 2019) and the 10th 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 90 out of 1,081Before him are Nagarjuna, Gregory of Nazianzus, Carl von Clausewitz, Al-Kindi, Athanasius of Alexandria, and Boethius. After him are John of Damascus, Zeno of Citium, Tertullian, Johann Gottfried Herder, Anaximenes of Miletus, and Walter Benjamin.

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Among people born in 500 BC, Leucippus ranks 3Before him are Anaxagoras and Myron. After him are Xanthippe, Artaxerxes I of Persia, Ezra, Artemisia I of Caria, Brennus, Cyrus the Younger, Ictinus, Cratylus, and Xerxes II of Persia. Among people deceased in 500 BC, Leucippus ranks 3Before him are Esther and Myron. After him are Ānanda, Polykleitos, Artemisia I of Caria, Hippasus, Rāhula, Diogenes of Apollonia, Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, and Obadiah.

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Among people born in Greece, Leucippus ranks 43 out of 936Before him are Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318), Solon (-638), Myron (-500), Polybius (-208), Aristarchus of Samos (-311), and Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769). After him are Alcibiades (-450), Peisistratos (-600), Draco (-650), Pindar (-517), Mikis Theodorakis (1925), and Praxiteles (-395).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Leucippus ranks 10Before him are Pythagoras (-570), Democritus (-460), Epicurus (-341), Protagoras (-486), Plutarch (46), and Gorgias (-483). After him are Theophrastus (-371), Pyrrho (-365), Antisthenes (-445), Isocrates (-436), Clement of Alexandria (150), and Hippias (-443).