Marshall McLuhan

1911 - 1980

Photo of Marshall McLuhan

Icon of person Marshall McLuhan

Herbert Marshall McLuhan (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian philosopher, whose work is among the cornerstones of the study of media theory. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, McLuhan studied at the University of Manitoba and the University of Cambridge. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marshall McLuhan has received more than 3,217,226 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Marshall McLuhan is the 146th most popular philosopher (up from 157th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Canada (up from 8th in 2019) and the most popular Canadian Philosopher.

Marshall McLuhan was a media theorist who was most famous for his idea that the medium is the message. He believed that the content of a medium is not as important as the medium itself.

Memorability Metrics

  • 3.2M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 77.80

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 60

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.04

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.46

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Marshall McLuhans by language


Among philosophers, Marshall McLuhan ranks 146 out of 1,089Before him are Clement of Alexandria, Baron d'Holbach, Wilhelm Dilthey, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Chanakya, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. After him are Jean Baudrillard, Simone Weil, Adam Weishaupt, Chrysippus, Louis Althusser, and Jakob Böhme.

Most Popular Philosophers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1911, Marshall McLuhan ranks 13Before him are Juan Manuel Fangio, Emil Cioran, Nino Rota, Władysław Szpilman, Võ Nguyên Giáp, and William Golding. After him are Jack Ruby, Todor Zhivkov, Mikhail Botvinnik, Robert Johnson, Czesław Miłosz, and Tennessee Williams. Among people deceased in 1980, Marshall McLuhan ranks 14Before him are Erich Fromm, Jesse Owens, Steve McQueen, Roland Barthes, Bon Scott, and Oskar Kokoschka. After him are Henry Miller, Colonel Sanders, Tamara de Lempicka, Romain Gary, Joe Dassin, and Oswald Mosley.

Others Born in 1911

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1980

Go to all Rankings

In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Marshall McLuhan ranks 6 out of 1,130Before him are Leonard Cohen (1934), Leslie Nielsen (1926), Albert Bandura (1925), Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874), and Donald Sutherland (1935). After him are James Naismith (1861), Erving Goffman (1922), Alice Munro (1931), Frank Gehry (1929), Justin Trudeau (1971), and Christopher Plummer (1929).


Among philosophers born in Canada, Marshall McLuhan ranks 1After him are Charles Taylor (1931), Ian Stevenson (1918), Ian Hacking (1936), Northrop Frye (1912), G. A. Cohen (1941), Bernard Lonergan (1904), Patricia Churchland (1943), Paul Churchland (1942), Leonard Peikoff (1933), and Will Kymlicka (1962).