William James Sidis

1898 - 1944

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William James Sidis (; April 1, 1898 – July 17, 1944) was an American child prodigy with exceptional mathematical and linguistic skills. He is notable for his 1920 book The Animate and the Inanimate, in which he speculates about the origin of life in the context of thermodynamics. Sidis was raised in a particular manner by his father, psychiatrist Boris Sidis, who wished his son to be gifted. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William James Sidis has received more than 3,204,861 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). William James Sidis is the 5th most popular linguist, the 236th most popular biography from United States (up from 253rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Linguist.

William James Sidis is most famous for being a child prodigy who had an IQ of 250.

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Among linguists, William James Sidis ranks 5 out of 160Before him are Ferdinand de Saussure, Noam Chomsky, Max Müller, and Roman Jakobson. After him are Mahmud al-Kashgari, Mesrop Mashtots, Patanjali, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Franz Bopp, Edward Sapir, and August Schleicher.

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Among people born in 1898, William James Sidis ranks 15Before him are Enzo Ferrari, George Gershwin, Zhou Enlai, C. S. Lewis, Herbert Marcuse, and Umm Kulthum. After him are Trofim Lysenko, Liu Shaoqi, Tamara de Lempicka, Henry Moore, Rudolf Dassler, and Alexander Calder. Among people deceased in 1944, William James Sidis ranks 13Before him are Claus von Stauffenberg, Abdulmejid II, Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, Richard Sorge, Günther von Kluge, and Reza Shah. After him are Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, Michael Wittmann, Ludwig Beck, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Alexis Carrel, and Marc Bloch.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William James Sidis ranks 236 out of 15,968Before him are Benjamin Harrison (1833), Henry Miller (1891), Tommy Lee Jones (1946), Andrew Jackson (1767), Robert K. Merton (1910), and Robert Fulton (1765). After him are Mario Puzo (1920), Lawrence Kohlberg (1927), Gene Hackman (1930), Miles Davis (1926), Scatman John (1942), and Harvey Keitel (1939).

Among LINGUISTS In United States

Among linguists born in United States, William James Sidis ranks 2Before him are Noam Chomsky (1928). After him are Benjamin Lee Whorf (1897), Joseph Greenberg (1915), Leonard Bloomfield (1887), George Lakoff (1941), William Labov (1927), Noah Webster (1758), Joshua Fishman (1926), Morris Swadesh (1909), George Kingsley Zipf (1902), and Stephen Krashen (1941).