Philologists

Philologists study the history of language. We have compiled a list of prominent philologists, living and dead, from all over the world. The list includes famous philologists like Max Muller, James Prinsep, E.A. Wallis Budge, John Philoponus and many more.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Max Müller

Max Müller
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Famous As: Scholar, Philologist
Birthdate: December 6, 1823
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German, British
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.

 2 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 1, 1646
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: November 14, 1716
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 3 William Jones

William Jones
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: September 28, 1746
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: April 27, 1794

 4 James Prinsep

James Prinsep
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Famous As: Antiquarian
Birthdate: August 20, 1799
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: April 22, 1840
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 5 E. A. Wallis Budge

E. A. Wallis Budge
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Famous As: Egyptologist
Birthdate: July 27, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: November 23, 1934

 6 Sibawayh

Sibawayh
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Famous As: Grammarian
Birthdate: 0760 AD
Nationality: Iranian
Died: 0796 AD
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 7 George Perkins Marsh

George Perkins Marsh
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Famous As: Environmentalist
Birthdate: March 15, 1801
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 23, 1882
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 8 William F. Albright

William F. Albright
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: May 24, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 19, 1971
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 9 Justus Lipsius

Justus Lipsius
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 18, 1547
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Belgian
Died: March 23, 1606

 10 John Philoponus

John Philoponus
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0490 AD
Nationality: Egyptian
Died: 0570 AD
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 11 Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi

Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: 0718 AD
Nationality: Iraqi
Died: 0791 AD

 12 J.B. Bury

J.B. Bury
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: October 16, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Irish
Died: June 1, 1927

 13 Samuel ibn Naghrillah

Samuel ibn Naghrillah
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 0993 AD
Nationality: Spanish
Died: 1056 AD

 14 Friedrich Schlegel

Friedrich Schlegel
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 10, 1772
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: January 12, 1829
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 15 Isaac Casaubon

Isaac Casaubon
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: February 18, 1559
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Swiss
Died: July 1, 1614

 16 Motoori Norinaga

Motoori Norinaga
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: June 21, 1730
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese
Died: October 5, 1801
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 17 Johann Jakob Bachofen

Johann Jakob Bachofen
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Famous As: Antiquarian
Birthdate: December 22, 1815
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Swiss
Died: November 25, 1887

 18 Frederic W. H. Myers

Frederic W. H. Myers
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 6, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: January 17, 1901

 19 Germà Colón

Germà Colón
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: November 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Spanish
Died: March 22, 2020

 20 Leopoldo Lugones

Leopoldo Lugones
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 13, 1874
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Argentinian
Died: February 18, 1938

 21 Fujiwara no Teika

Fujiwara no Teika
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1162 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: September 26, 1241

 22 Ludwig Uhland

Ludwig Uhland
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 26, 1787
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: November 13, 1862

 23 Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange

Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 18, 1610
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: October 23, 1688

 24 Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff

Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 22, 1848
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German, Prussian
Died: September 25, 1931

 25 Frederick James Furnivall

Frederick James Furnivall
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Famous As: Philologists
Birthdate: February 4, 1825
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: July 2, 1910

 26 Rasmus Rask

Rasmus Rask
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: November 22, 1787
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Danish
Died: November 14, 1832

 27 Eugene Aram

Eugene Aram
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: 1704 AD
Nationality: British
Died: August 16, 1759

 28 Eldad ha-Dani

Eldad ha-Dani
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: 0851 AD
Died: 0900 AD

 29 Louis Lucien Bonaparte

Louis Lucien Bonaparte
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 4, 1813
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: November 3, 1891

 30 Ramón Menéndez Pidal

Ramón Menéndez Pidal
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: March 13, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: November 14, 1968

 31 Pedro Henriquez Urena

Pedro Henriquez Urena
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Famous As: Essayist
Birthdate: June 29, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Dominican
Died: May 11, 1946

 32 Antoine Meillet

Antoine Meillet
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: November 11, 1866
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: September 21, 1936

 33 Zhang Binglin

Zhang Binglin
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Famous As: Philologists
Birthdate: January 12, 1869
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Chinese
Died: June 14, 1936

 34 William Dwight Whitney

William Dwight Whitney
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: February 9, 1827
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: June 7, 1894

 35 Jonathan Boucher

Jonathan Boucher
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: May 12, 1738
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: April 27, 1804

 36 Josef Dobrovský

Josef Dobrovský
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: August 17, 1753
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Czech, Hungarian
Died: January 6, 1829

 37 Pavel Josef Šafařík

Pavel Josef Šafařík
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 13, 1795
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Slovak
Died: June 26, 1861

 38 Henri II Estienne

Henri II Estienne
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: 1528 AD
Nationality: French
Died: 1598 AD

 39 Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu

Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 26, 1838
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Romanian
Died: September 7, 1907

 40 Al-Asmaʿi

Al-Asmaʿi
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0740 AD
Nationality: Iraqi
Died: 0828 AD

 41 Bedřich Hrozný

Bedřich Hrozný
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Famous As: Orientalist
Birthdate: May 6, 1879
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Czech
Died: December 12, 1952

 42 Shao Yong

Shao Yong
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: January 20, 1012
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Chinese
Died: July 27, 1077

 43 Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo

Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: November 3, 1856
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Spanish
Died: May 19, 1912

 44 Friedrich August Wolf

Friedrich August Wolf
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: February 15, 1759
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: August 8, 1824

 45 Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg

Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: November 30, 1802
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: January 24, 1872

 46 Vincas Krėvė-Mickevičius

Vincas Krėvė-Mickevičius
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: July 7, 1954

 47 Richard Garnett

Richard Garnett
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Famous As: English librarian
Birthdate: February 27, 1835
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: April 13, 1906

 48 Matthias Castrén

Matthias Castrén
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Famous As: Ethnologist
Birthdate: December 2, 1813
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Finnish, Swedish
Died: May 7, 1852

 49 Gu Yanwu

Gu Yanwu
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Famous As: Geographer
Birthdate: July 15, 1613
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Chinese
Died: February 15, 1682

 50 Franz Cumont

Franz Cumont
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: January 3, 1868
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Belgian
Died: August 20, 1947
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