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Thomas Sebeok

1920 - 2001

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Thomas Albert Sebeok (Hungarian: Sebők Tamás, pronounced [ˈʃɛbøːk ˈtɒmaːʃ]; November 9, 1920 – December 21, 2001) was a Hungarian-born American polymath, semiotician, and linguist. As one of the founders of the biosemiotics field, he studied non-human and cross-species signaling and communication. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Sebeok has received more than 120,475 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Thomas Sebeok is the 1,085th most popular philosopher (down from 1,011th in 2019), the 487th most popular biography from Hungary (down from 430th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Hungarian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Thomas Sebeok ranks 1,085 out of 1,081Before him are Julián Marías, Rosi Braidotti, Ion Dragoumis, Hendrik Adamson, J. L. Mackie, and Eduardo Lourenço. After him are Uku Masing, Hermann Gunkel, Josiah Royce, Luciano Floridi, Dariush Shayegan, and David Ray Griffin.

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Among people born in 1920, Thomas Sebeok ranks 289Before him are Kenneth E. Iverson, Konstantin Beskov, Natalya Kovshova, An Wang, Anton Malatinský, and João Cabral de Melo Neto. After him are Jacques Noël, Robert Lamoureux, Roy Jenkins, Ehsan Yarshater, Irving Kristol, and Eugênio Sales. Among people deceased in 2001, Thomas Sebeok ranks 210Before him are Mario Perazzolo, Boris Rybakov, Salahuddin of Selangor, Juan Acuña, Eudora Welty, and Bill Roberts. After him are Édouard Artigas, Luise Krüger, Joe Fagan, Michael Dertouzos, Christl Haas, and Francis Bebey.

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Among people born in Hungary, Thomas Sebeok ranks 487 out of 866Before him are George Mikes (1912), István Énekes (1911), Ferenc Sipos (1932), Sándor Simonyi-Semadam (1864), Gordon Bajnai (1968), and József Háda (1911). After him are Márta Rudas (1937), István Kozma (1939), Sándor Tarics (1913), Lajos Werkner (1883), Andreas Alföldi (1895), and György Piller (1899).


Among philosophers born in Hungary, Thomas Sebeok ranks 7Before him are Rudolf Steiner (1861), György Lukács (1885), Imre Lakatos (1922), Ágnes Heller (1929), Ervin László (1932), and George Gerbner (1919). After him are Stanley Jaki (1924).