Viktor Frankl

1905 - 1997

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Viktor Emil Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychologist, philosopher, and Holocaust survivor, who founded logotherapy, a school of psychotherapy that describes a search for a life's meaning as the central human motivational force. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Viktor Frankl has received more than 4,752,960 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Viktor Frankl is the 11th most popular psychologist (up from 13th in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Austria (down from 38th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Austrian Psychologist.

Viktor Frankl is most famous for his theory of logotherapy, which is a form of existential psychotherapy that is based on the belief that man's main motivation is to find meaning in life.

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Among psychologists, Viktor Frankl ranks 11 out of 235Before him are Abraham Maslow, Erich Fromm, Lev Vygotsky, Wilhelm Wundt, Jacques Lacan, and John Dewey. After him are William James, Erik Erikson, Carl Rogers, Gustave Le Bon, Albert Bandura, and John B. Watson.

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Among people born in 1905, Viktor Frankl ranks 7Before him are Jean-Paul Sartre, Ayn Rand, Howard Hughes, Simo Häyhä, Albert Speer, and Elias Canetti. After him are Greta Garbo, Henry Fonda, Dag Hammarskjöld, Christian Dior, Carl David Anderson, and Faustina Kowalska. Among people deceased in 1997, Viktor Frankl ranks 6Before him are Mother Teresa, Deng Xiaoping, James Stewart, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Jacques Cousteau. After him are Jeanne Calment, Mobutu Sese Seko, Toshiro Mifune, Victor Vasarely, Gianni Versace, and Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.

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Among people born in Austria, Viktor Frankl ranks 39 out of 1,424Before him are Herbert von Karajan (1908), Friedrich Hayek (1899), Egon Schiele (1890), Niki Lauda (1949), Konrad Lorenz (1903), and Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor (1557). After him are Maximilian I of Mexico (1832), Alois Hitler (1837), Wolfgang Pauli (1900), Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (1608), Lise Meitner (1878), and Arnold Schoenberg (1874).


Among psychologists born in Austria, Viktor Frankl ranks 2Before him are Alfred Adler (1870). After him are Anna Freud (1895), Melanie Klein (1882), Bruno Bettelheim (1903), Otto Rank (1884), Paul Watzlawick (1921), Otto Gross (1877), René Spitz (1887), Heinz Kohut (1913), Otto F. Kernberg (1928), and Walter Mischel (1930).