Famous British Philologists

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Max Müller
(Scholar, Philologist)
Max Müller
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Birthdate: December 6, 1823
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dessau, Duchy of Anhalt, German Confederation
Died: October 28, 1900

Max Müller was a German-born Orientalist and philologist. Müller is credited with co-founding the western academic disciplines of religious studies and Indian studies. In 1874, he was honored with the Pour le Mérite. He received the prestigious Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art in 1875. In India, the Goethe Institutes are named in his honor.

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Michael Ventris
(Architect, classicist and philologist who deciphered Linear B, the ancient Mycenaean Greek script)
Michael Ventris
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Birthdate: July 12, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
Died: September 6, 1956

Apart from being a renowned architect, Michael Ventris was also a skilled cryptographer. He not only deciphered the Minoan Linear B script, but also linked it to the ancient Greek script. As an architect, he was commissioned by the Ministry of Education to design schools. He died in a car crash at 34.

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E. A. Wallis Budge
(Egyptologist)
E. A. Wallis Budge
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Birthdate: July 27, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bodmin, England
Died: November 23, 1934
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 4 
William Jones
(British Philologist and Jurist Known for His Research on Oriental Languages)
William Jones
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Birthdate: September 28, 1746
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 27, 1794
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James Prinsep
(Antiquarian)
James Prinsep
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Birthdate: August 20, 1799
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: County of Essex, England
Died: April 22, 1840
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Irving Finkel
(Philologist, Writer)
Irving Finkel
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Birthdate: 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
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Henry Sweet
(English Phonetician, Philologist, and Grammarian)
Henry Sweet
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Birthdate: September 15, 1845
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: April 30, 1912
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J. R. R. Tolkien
(Author of 'The Hobbit' & 'The Lord of the Rings')
J. R. R. Tolkien
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Birthdate: January 3, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Died: September 2, 1973

Considered one of the greatest authors, JRR Tolkien is popularly called the father of the modern fantasy literature. He is best known for his high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which is set in a conceived world called the Middle-Earth. Many years after his death, Tolkien continues to be one of the best-selling writers.

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Frederic W. H. Myers
(British Poet, Classicist, Philologist, and a Founder of the Society for Psychical Research)
Frederic W. H. Myers
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Birthdate: February 6, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Keswick, England
Died: January 17, 1901

Frederic W.H. Myers was a 19th-century classicist and a Victorian psychical researcher. The essayist’s best-known work remains his posthumously published 2-volume collection Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death. He also penned award-winning poems. Rumors claim he was homosexual but also had a relationship with his cousin's wife.

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Joseph Wright
(English Philologist and Academic)
Joseph Wright
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Birthdate: October 31, 1855
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Idle, Bradford, United Kingdom
Died: February 27, 1930
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Robert Scott
(Philologist, Educator)
Robert Scott
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Birthdate: January 26, 1811
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bondleigh, England
Died: December 2, 1887
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Frederick James Furnivall
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Birthdate: February 4, 1825
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Egham, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 2, 1910
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Richard Payne Knight
(Archaeologist)
Richard Payne Knight
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Birthdate: February 11, 1751
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England
Died: April 23, 1824
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John Chadwick
(English Linguist and Academic)
John Chadwick
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Birthdate: May 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thames, England
Died: November 24, 1998
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Alan Gardiner
(English Egyptologist, Philologist, and Linguist Who Studied Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs)
Alan Gardiner
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Birthdate: March 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Eltham, London, England
Died: December 19, 1963
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Eugene Aram
(Philologist)
Eugene Aram
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Birthdate: 1704 AD
Birthplace: Ramsgill, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 16, 1759
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William Barnes
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Birthdate: February 22, 1801
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bagber, England
Died: October 7, 1886
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Alexander John Ellis
(English Mathematician, Phonetician, and Philologist Known for His Contribution to Musicology)
Alexander John Ellis
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Birthdate: June 14, 1814
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hoxton, Middlesex, England
Died: October 28, 1890

English mathematician, phonetician, and philologist Alexander John Ellis is remembered for his work on speech, song, and vocal and musical pitch. He also contributed immensely to the field of musicology. His best-known works include On Early English Pronunciation and The Alphabet of Nature.

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Jonathan Boucher
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Birthdate: May 12, 1738
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cumberland, England
Died: April 27, 1804
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Richard Garnett
(English librarian)
Richard Garnett
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Birthdate: February 27, 1835
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lichfield, England
Died: April 13, 1906
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Ralph Lilley Turner
(Philologist)
Ralph Lilley Turner
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Birthdate: October 5, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charlton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 22, 1983
 22 
Gabriel Turville-Petre
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Birthdate: March 25, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leicestershire, England
Died: February 17, 1978
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Nathaniel Brassey Halhed
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Birthdate: May 25, 1751
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: February 18, 1830
 24 
Herbert Coleridge
(Philologist)
Herbert Coleridge
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Birthdate: October 7, 1830
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: April 23, 1861
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William George Aston
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Birthdate: April 9, 1841
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Derry, Ireland
Died: November 22, 1911
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Nathan Bailey
(Pioneering English Philologist and Lexicographer )
Nathan Bailey
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Birthplace: England
Died: June 27, 1742
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Ernest Weekley
(Philologist)
Ernest Weekley
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Birthdate: April 27, 1865
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 7, 1954
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James McDonald
(Polymath)
James McDonald
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Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: London, England
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Laurence Nowell
(Linguist, Cartographer)
Laurence Nowell
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Birthdate: 1515 AD
Birthplace: Whalley, United Kingdom
Died: 1576 AD
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Samuel Birch
(Egyptologist)
Samuel Birch
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Birthdate: November 3, 1813
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St Mary Woolnoth, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 27, 1885
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Nora K. Chadwick
(Philologist)
Nora K. Chadwick
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Birthdate: January 28, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lancashire, England
Died: April 24, 1972
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K. R. Norman
(Philologist)
K. R. Norman
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Birthdate: July 21, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: England
Died: 2020 AD
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Hector Munro Chadwick
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Birthdate: October 22, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: West Yorkshire, England
Died: January 2, 1947
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Siegbert Salomon Prawer
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Birthdate: February 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: April 5, 2012
 35 
Raymond O. Faulkner
(Egyptologist, Philosopher)
Raymond O. Faulkner
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Birthdate: December 26, 1894
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
Died: March 3, 1982
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Robert Gordon Latham
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Birthdate: March 24, 1812
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: March 9, 1888
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Alaric Hall
(Philologist)
Alaric Hall
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Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: England
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Battiscombe Gunn
(Philologist, Educator)
Battiscombe Gunn
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Birthdate: June 30, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 27, 1950
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John of Garland
(British Grammarian and University Teacher)
John of Garland
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Birthdate: 1190 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1270 AD
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Norman Blake
(Philologist)
Norman Blake
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Birthdate: April 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ceará, Brazil
Died: July 29, 2012
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Joan Turville-Petre
(Philologist)
Joan Turville-Petre
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Birthdate: May 10, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: England
Died: March 9, 2006
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Allen Mawer
(Philologist)
Allen Mawer
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Birthdate: May 8, 1879
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bow, London, England
Died: July 22, 1942
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Thorlac Turville Petre
(Philologist, Educator)
Thorlac Turville Petre
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Birthdate: January 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: United Kingdom