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William Jones

1746 - 1794

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Sir William Jones (28 September 1746 – 27 April 1794) was a British philologist, orientalist and a puisne judge on the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal, and a scholar of ancient India. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Jones has received more than 52,710 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). William Jones is the 19th most popular linguist (up from 20th in 2019), the 657th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 720th in 2019) and the most popular British Linguist.

William Jones was the founder of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is most famous for his translations of Persian and Indian texts, as well as his work on Hindu law.

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Among linguists, William Jones ranks 19 out of 161Before him are August Schleicher, Georges Dumézil, Algirdas Julien Greimas, Rasmus Rask, Kūkai, and Antoine Meillet. After him are Johann Martin Schleyer, Otto Jespersen, Nikolai Trubetzkoy, Ignác Goldziher, Nicholas Marr, and Georg Friedrich Grotefend.

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Among people born in 1746, William Jones ranks 10Before him are Carlo Buonaparte, Gustav III of Sweden, Gaspard Monge, Giuseppe Piazzi, Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria, and Maurice Benyovszky. After him are Sophia Magdalena of Denmark, Giovanni Battista Venturi, Antoine Quentin Fouquier-Tinville, Tiradentes, George XII of Georgia, and Frederick Louis, Prince of Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen. Among people deceased in 1794, William Jones ranks 14Before him are Edward Gibbon, Jacques Hébert, Élisabeth of France, Alexandre de Beauharnais, Georges Couthon, and André Chénier. After him are Augustin Robespierre, Gregory Skovoroda, Nicolas Chamfort, Wenzel Anton, Prince of Kaunitz-Rietberg, Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Georg Forster.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Jones ranks 657 out of 7,765Before him are Ernest Thompson Seton (1860), Brook Taylor (1685), Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (1428), Christopher Tolkien (1924), Muriel Spark (1918), and Stanley Rous (1895). After him are Jane Hawking (1944), Nigel Farage (1964), Bernard Lewis (1916), Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (1864), E. H. Carr (1892), and William Pitt the Younger (1759).

Among LINGUISTS In United Kingdom

Among linguists born in United Kingdom, William Jones ranks 1After him are Michael Halliday (1925), Robert Morrison (1782), John Chadwick (1920), Daniel Jones (1881), John Florio (1553), Brian Houghton Hodgson (1800), Jane Ellen Harrison (1850), James Legge (1815), John Eliot (1604), Henry Liddell (1811), and John Rupert Firth (1890).