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List of Famous Philologists

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List of famous philologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top philologists in the world? This includes the most prominent philologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable philologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic philologists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned philologists.

Examples include J. R. R. Tolkien and Jean-François Champollion.

From reputable, prominent, and well known philologists to the lesser known philologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the philologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous philologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous philologists?" then you're in the right place. (104 items)

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    Friedrich Nietzsche is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, composer and Latin and Greek scholar. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor and irony. Nietzsche's key ideas include ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1844-1900)
    • Birthplace: Röcken, Germany
    • Profession: Cultural critic, Philologist, Poet, Composer, Philosopher
    • Credits: The Divine Comedy, Die Nacht, Road to Rio, Carbon Elvis, Thus Spake Zarathustra
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    J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE FRSL was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1892-1973)
    • Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa
    • Profession: Philologist, Poet, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Lord of the Rings, + more
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    Elias Lönnrot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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    Elias Lönnrot was a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry. He is best known for compiling Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, from national folk tales that he gathered during several expeditions in Finland, Russian Karelia, the Kola Peninsula and Baltic ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1802-1884)
    • Birthplace: Scandinavia, Europe, Northern Europe, Sammatti, Nordic countries, + more
    • Profession: Philologist, Scientist, Botanist
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    Elmore D is a Belgian blues musician. His is also a professor at the University of Liège, where he gives lectures on the history and culture of Wallonia. The name Elmore is a reference to Elmore James, whose slide guitar sound he used to imitate at the beginning of his career. In 1988, he was nominated ...more

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    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Liège, Belgium
    • Profession: Philologist
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    Jean-François Champollion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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    Jean-François Champollion was a French scholar, philologist and orientalist, known primarily as the decipherer of the Egyptian hieroglyphs and a founding figure in the field of egyptology. A child prodigy in philology he gave his first public paper on the decipherment of demotic in 1806, and already as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1790-1832)
    • Birthplace: Figeac, France
    • Profession: Philologist, Author, Translator
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    Ivar Aasen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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    Ivar Andreas Aasen was a Norwegian philologist, lexicographer, playwright, and poet. He is best known for having created one of Norway's official languages, Nynorsk.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1813-1896)
    • Birthplace: Åsen, Norway
    • Profession: Philologist, Lexicographer, Poet, Playwright
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    Abraham Valdelomar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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    Pedro Abraham Valdelomar Pinto was a Peruvian narrator, poet, journalist, essayist and dramatist; he is considered the founder of the avant-garde in Peru, although more for his dandy-like public poses and his founding of the journal Colónida than for his own writing, which is lyrically posmodernista ...more

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    • Age: Died at 31 (1888-1919)
    • Birthplace: Pisco, Peru
    • Profession: Philologist, Author, Writer
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    Laurence Waddell

    Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Austine Waddell, CB, CIE, F.L.S., L.L.D, M.Ch., I.M.S. RAI, F.R.A.S was a British explorer, Professor of Tibetan, Professor of Chemistry and Pathology, British army surgeon, collector in Tibet, and amateur archaeologist. Waddell also studied Sumerian and Sanskrit; he made ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1854-1938)
    • Profession: Philologist, Surgeon, Explorer
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