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List of famous linguists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top linguists in the world? This includes the most prominent linguists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also enjoy the world's strangest languages and 30 Eastern language words English doesn't have. This list of notable linguists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic linguists 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 linguists.

This list of great people of linguistics include Noam Chomsky, Larry Wall, J. R. R. Tolkien, and more. 

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

Noam Chomsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. Sometimes described as the "father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy. He has spent ...more

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Age: 88

Birthplace: USA, East Oak Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Linguist, Cognitive scientist, Historian, Logician Screenwriter, + more

Credits: L'encerclement - La démocratie dans les rets du néolibéralisme, The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Noam Chomsky: Distorted Morality, Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause

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Pier Paolo Pasolini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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Pier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian film director, poet, writer and intellectual. Pasolini distinguished himself as a poet, journalist, philosopher, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, newspaper and magazine columnist, actor, painter and political figure. He demonstrated a unique and extraordinary ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1922-1975)

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe Province of Bologna, + more

Nationality: Italy

Profession: Linguist, Painter, Poet, Politician Journalist, + more

Credits: La Dolce Vita, The Gospel According to St. Matthew, Nights of Cabiria, Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom, + more

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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, he eventually became one of the best known English literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth ...more

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Age: Died at 76 (1917-1993)

Birthplace: Harpurhey, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Profession: Educationalist, Linguist, Poet, Librettist Novelist, + more

Credits: A Clockwork Orange, Moses the Lawgiver, Cyrano de Bergerac, Vinyl 1984: A Personal View of Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty Four', + more

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#14 on The Best Catholic Authors

#98 on The Best Science-Fiction Authors

#67 on The Best Historical Fiction Writers of All Time

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Al-Biruni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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Abū al-Rayhān Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Bīrūnī, known as Al-Biruni in English, was a Persian Muslim scholar and polymath from the Khwarezm region. Al-Biruni is regarded as one of the greatest scholars of the medieval Islamic era and was well versed in physics, mathematics, astronomy, and natural ...more

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Age: Died at 75 (973-1048)

Birthplace: Khwarezm

Nationality: Iran

Profession: Linguist, Mathematician, Anthropologist, Scholar Physicist, + more

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Larry Wall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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Larry Wall is a computer programmer and author, most widely known as the creator of the Perl programming language. ...more

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Linguist, Computer scientist, Author

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#16 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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Desiderius Erasmus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian. Erasmus was a classical scholar who wrote in a pure Latin style. Amongst humanists, he enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (1466-1536)

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

Profession: Theologian, Philosopher

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Leone Battista Alberti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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Leon Battista Alberti was an Italian humanist author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher and cryptographer; he epitomised the Renaissance Man. Although he is often characterized as an "architect" exclusively, as James Beck has observed, "to single out one of Leon Battista's ...more

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Age: Died at 68 (1404-1472)

Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Profession: Priest, Linguist, Painter, Poet Architect, + more

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Steven Pinker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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Steven Arthur Pinker is a Canadian-born American experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author. He is a Harvard College Professor and the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and is known for his advocacy of ...more

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Age: 62

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Profession: Linguist, Cognitive scientist, Professor, Psychologist Scientist, + more

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