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Thales of Miletus

623 BC - 546 BC

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Thales of Miletus ( THAY-leez; Greek: Θαλῆς; c. 624/623 – c. 548/545 BC) was a Greek mathematician, astronomer, statesman, and pre-Socratic philosopher from Miletus in Ionia, Asia Minor. He was one of the Seven Sages of Greece. Many, most notably Aristotle, regarded him as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition, and he is otherwise historically recognized as the first individual known to have entertained and engaged in scientific philosophy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thales of Miletus has received more than 2,268,552 page views. His biography is available in 106 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 102 in 2019). Thales of Miletus is the 16th most popular philosopher (up from 25th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 7th in 2019) and the most popular Turkish Philosopher.

Thales of Miletus is most famous for his belief that everything in the world is made up of water, air, earth, and fire.

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Among philosophers, Thales of Miletus ranks 16 out of 1,081Before him are Avicenna, John Locke, Niccolò Machiavelli, Friedrich Nietzsche, Francis Bacon, and Augustine of Hippo. After him are Thomas Aquinas, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Montesquieu, Thomas Hobbes, Democritus, and Arthur Schopenhauer.

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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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Among people born in Turkey, Thales of Miletus ranks 4 out of 1,301Before him are Herodotus (-484), Paul the Apostle (5), and Suleiman the Magnificent (1494). After him are Saint Nicholas (270), Osman I (1254), Selim II (1524), Saint George (280), Ahmed I (1590), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Heraclitus (-535), and Murad III (1546).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Thales of Miletus ranks 1After him are Heraclitus (-535), Anaximander (-610), Diogenes (-404), Anaxagoras (-500), Epictetus (50), Xenophanes (-570), Gregory of Nazianzus (329), Anaximenes of Miletus (-585), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Chrysippus (-281), and Posidonius (-135).