List of Famous Philologists People

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
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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
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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
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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: Sammatti, Finland
    • 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: age 69
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Belgium, Liège, Wallonia, Liège
    • Profession: Philologist
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    Jean-François Champollion
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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
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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
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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: DVD Region 4, South America, 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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    Ármin Vámbéry
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    Ármin Vámbéry, also known as Arminius Vámbéry, was a Hungarian Turkolog and traveller.more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1832-1913)
    • Birthplace: Dunajská Streda, Slovakia
    • Profession: Philologist, Traveller
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    Tadeusz Stefan Zieliński
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    Tadeusz Stefan Zieliński was a prominent Polish classical philologist, historian, translator of Sophocles, Euripides and other classical authors into Russian. Author of works on history of ancient Greek culture and religion, classical education, and popularizaton of classical studies. Professor at the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1859-1944)
    • Profession: Philologist, Historian, Translator
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    Yoani Sánchez
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    Yoani María Sánchez Cordero is a Cuban blogger who has achieved international fame and multiple international awards for her critical portrayal of life in Cuba under its current government. Sanchez attended primary school during the affluent time when the Soviet Union was providing considerable aid to ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
    • Profession: Programmer, Philologist
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    Johannes de Garlandia or John of Garland was a philologist and university teacher. His dates of birth and death are unknown, but he probably lived from about 1190 to about 1270. Of English origin, he studied at Oxford and then at the medieval University of Paris, where he was teaching by 1220; he lived ...more

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    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Philologist, Educator, Writer
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    • Age: Died at 55 (1889-1944)
    • Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany
    • Profession: Philologist, Librarian
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    Pavao Pavličić

    Pavao Pavličić is a Croatian writer, literary historian and translator whose main focus are crime novels. He writes for both adults and children. Since 1997, Pavličić is a full member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Vukovar, Croatia
    • Profession: Philologist, Historian, Screenwriter, Translator, Writer
    • Credits: Stela, The Third Key, Ritam zločina, Eagle, Vukovar: The Way Home, + more
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    Eric Valentine Gordon was a philologist, known as an editor of medieval Germanic texts and a teacher of medieval Germanic languages at the University of Leeds and the University of Manchester.more

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1896-1938)
    • Birthplace: Salmon Arm, Canada
    • Profession: Philologist, Educator
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    Johan Ludvig Heiberg

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    Johan Ludvig Heiberg
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    Johan Ludvig Heiberg was a Danish philologist and historian. He is best known for his discovery of previously unknown texts in the Archimedes Palimpsest, and for his edition of Euclid's Elements that T. L. Heath translated into English. He also published an edition of Ptolemy's Almagest. Heiberg was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1854-1928)
    • Birthplace: Denmark
    • Profession: Philologist, Historian
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    Mikhail Gasparov

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    Mikhail Gasparov
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    Mikhail Leonovich Gasparov was a Russian philologist and translator, renowned for his studies in classical philology and the history of versification, and a member of the informal Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School. He graduated from Moscow State University in 1957 and worked at the Institute of World ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1935-2005)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Profession: Philologist, Translator
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    Gaston Boissier
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    Marie-Louis-Antoine-Gaston Boissier, French classical scholar, and secretary of the Académie française, was born at Nîmes. The Roman monuments of his native town very early attracted Gaston Boissier to the study of ancient history. He made epigraphy his particular theme, and at the age of twenty-three ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1823-1908)
    • Birthplace: Nîmes, France
    • Profession: Philologist, Historian, Writer
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    K. Bhagyanath was a professor of English, philologist and magician.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1916-1999)
    • Profession: Philologist, Professor, Magician
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    Hans E. Kinck
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    Hans Ernst Kinck was a Norwegian author and philologist who wrote novels, short stories, dramas, and essays. He was born in Øksfjord in Loppa, Finnmark, where his father was the local health inspector. He died in Oslo.more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1865-1926)
    • Birthplace: Øksfjord, Norway
    • Profession: Philologist, Writer
    • Credits: Bat Wings
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