Thales of Miletus

623 BC - 546 BC

Thales of Miletus

Thales of Miletus ( THAY-leez; Greek: Θαλῆς (ὁ Μιλήσιος), Thalēs; c. 624/623 – c. 548/545 BC) was a Greek mathematician, astronomer and pre-Socratic philosopher from Miletus in Ionia, Asia Minor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thales of Miletus has received more than 1,290,689 page views. His biography is available in 98 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 27th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Thales of Miletus ranks 26 out of 1,005Before him are Montesquieu, Epicurus, Thomas Hobbes, Arthur Schopenhauer, Heraclitus, and Erasmus. After him are Friedrich Engels, Laozi, Averroes, Søren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger, and David Hume.

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Among people born in 623 BC, Thales of Miletus ranks 1 Among people deceased in 546 BC, Thales of Miletus ranks 1After him are Anaximander and Croesus.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Thales of Miletus ranks 7 out of 901Before him are Homer (-800), Paul the Apostle (5), Herodotus (-484), Suleiman the Magnificent (1494), Heraclitus (-535), and Selim II (1524). After him are Selim I (1470), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Saint Nicholas (270), Ahmed I (1590), Murad IV (1612), and Mimar Sinan (1490).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Thales of Miletus ranks 2Before him are Heraclitus (-535). After him are Diogenes (-404), Nasreddin (1208), Anaximander (-610), Anaxagoras (-500), Epictetus (50), Gregory of Nazianzus (329), Xenophanes (-570), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Posidonius (-135), and Chrysippus (-281).

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