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Rasmus Rask

1787 - 1832

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Rasmus Kristian Rask (Danish: [ˈʁɑsmus ˈkʰʁestjæn ˈʁɑsk]; born Rasmus Christian Nielsen Rasch; 22 November 1787 – 14 November 1832) was a Danish linguist and philologist. He wrote several grammars and worked on comparative phonology and morphology. Rask traveled extensively to study languages, first to Iceland, where he wrote the first grammar of Icelandic, and later to Russia, Persia, India, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rasmus Rask has received more than 95,813 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Rasmus Rask is the 16th most popular linguist (up from 17th in 2019), the 79th most popular biography from Denmark (up from 83rd in 2019) and the most popular Danish Linguist.

Rasmus Rask is most famous for his work in the field of plant physiology. He was the first to apply the term "photosynthesis" to the process of converting light energy into chemical energy.

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Among linguists, Rasmus Rask ranks 16 out of 161Before him are Franz Bopp, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Edward Sapir, August Schleicher, Georges Dumézil, and Algirdas Julien Greimas. After him are Kūkai, Antoine Meillet, William Jones, Johann Martin Schleyer, Otto Jespersen, and Nikolai Trubetzkoy.

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Among people born in 1787, Rasmus Rask ranks 8Before him are Shaka, Joseph von Fraunhofer, Jan Evangelista Purkyně, François Guizot, Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, and Vuk Karadžić. After him are Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, Franz Xaver Gruber, Alexander Sergeyevich Menshikov, Otto von Kotzebue, Johann Nicolaus von Dreyse, and Guillaume Henri Dufour. Among people deceased in 1832, Rasmus Rask ranks 11Before him are Walter Scott, Évariste Galois, Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, Georges Cuvier, Jean-Baptiste Say, and Muzio Clementi. After him are Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, Friedrich Kuhlau, Maria Theresa of Austria-Este, Queen of Sardinia, Archduchess Marie Caroline of Austria, Manuel García, and Carl Friedrich Zelter.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Rasmus Rask ranks 79 out of 893Before him are Princess Benedikte of Denmark (1944), Sven Hassel (1917), Canute Lavard (1096), Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted (1879), Eric I of Denmark (1055), and Christopher II of Denmark (1276). After him are Maximilian von Spee (1861), Eric VI of Denmark (1274), Princess Louise Auguste of Denmark (1771), Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864), Eric IV of Denmark (1216), and Michael Laudrup (1964).

Among LINGUISTS In Denmark

Among linguists born in Denmark, Rasmus Rask ranks 1After him are Otto Jespersen (1860), Louis Hjelmslev (1899), Vilhelm Thomsen (1842), Holger Pedersen (1867), Johan Nicolai Madvig (1804), and Johan Ludvig Heiberg (1854).