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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)

Friedrich Nietzsche is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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, ...more

J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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 ...more

Elias Lönnrot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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 ...more

Elmore D is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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 ...more

Jean-François Champollion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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 ...more

Ivar Aasen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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.

Abraham Valdelomar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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 ...more

Laurence Waddell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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 ...more

Ármin Vámbéry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Ármin Vámbéry, also known as Arminius Vámbéry, was a Hungarian Turkolog and traveller.

Tadeusz Stefan Zieliński is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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 ...more

Yoani Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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 ...more

Johannes de Garlandia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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 ...more

Arthur Spanier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Philologists

Pavao Pavličić is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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 ...more

E. V. Gordon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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.

Johan Ludvig Heiberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Johan Ludvig Heiberg 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 ...more

Mikhail Gasparov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Mikhail Gasparov 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 ...more

Gaston Boissier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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 ...more

K. Bhagyanath is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Philologists
K. Bhagyanath was a professor of English, philologist and magician.

Hans E. Kinck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Philologists
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 ...more

Richard Loewe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Philologists

Rafael Lapesa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Rafael Lapesa Melgar was a Spanish philologist, a historian of language and of Spanish literature.

Francesco d´Ovidio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Francesco d´Ovidio is an Italian philologist and literary critic.

Skirmantas Valiulis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Skirmantas Valiulis Skirmantas Valiulis was an actor, philologist and film, television and photography critic.

Maria Mavroudi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Maria Mavroudi is a history professor at University of California, Berkeley. Fluent in classical Greek and Arabic, she also understands Coptic, Latin, and Syriac, and speaks modern Greek and ...more

Axel von Harnack is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Axel von Harnack Axel von Harnack was a German library scientist, historian and philologist. He was the cousin of Arvid and Falk Harnack and worked to get Arvid and his wife, Mildred Harnack released from Nazi ...more

Jesper Svenbro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Jesper Svenbro Jesper Svenbro is a Swedish poet, classical philologist, and member of the Swedish Academy. Svenbro was educated at Lund University, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1976 for his dissertation La ...more

Khalil ibn Ahmad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Khalil ibn Ahmad Abu ‘Abd ar-Raḥmān al-Khalīl ibn Aḥmad ibn ‘Amr ibn Tammām al-Farāhīdī al-Azdī al-Yaḥmadī, more commonly known as Al-Farahidi or simply Al-Khalīl, was one of the earliest Arab lexicographers and ...more

Joseph Reider is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Philologists

Gérald Antoine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Gérald Antoine

Roland Beyen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Roland Beyen

Joseph Wright is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Joseph Wright Joseph Wright FBA was an English philologist who rose from humble origins to become Professor of Comparative Philology at Oxford University.

Martin P. Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Martin P. Nilsson Martin Persson Nilsson was a Swedish philologist, mythographer, and a scholar of the Greek, Hellenistic and Roman religious systems. In his prolific studies he combined the literary evidence ...more

Christopher Beckwith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Christopher I. Beckwith is a professor of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He has a B.A. in Chinese from Ohio State University, a M.A. in Tibetan from ...more

Jacques Charles Lemaire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Jacques Charles Lemaire

Raymond Trousson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Raymond Trousson Raymond Trousson appeared in the 2012 film The Armenian Coat of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Elise Richter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Elise Richter Elise Richter was a philologist. Born in Vienna to a middle-class Jewish family, the daughter of Dr. Maximilian and Emelie Richter, sister of Helene Richter who wrote on and translated English ...more

Ramón Menéndez Pidal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Ramón Menéndez Pidal was a Spanish philologist and historian. He worked extensively on the history of the Spanish language and Spanish folklore and folk poetry. One of his main ...more

Luís Lindley Cintra is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Luís Lindley Cintra Luís Lindley Cintra was a philologist and a linguist.

Nestor Malecha is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Nestor Malecha

Heinrich Wilhelm Josias Thiers... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Heinrich Wilhelm Josias Thiersch, usually known as H. W. J. Thiersch, was a German philologist, initially a Protestant theologian, then minister in the short-lived Catholic Apostolic Church.

Sándor Kőrösi Csoma is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Sándor Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Csoma de Kőrös, born Csoma Sándor was a Hungarian philologist and Orientalist, author of the first Tibetan-English dictionary and grammar book. He was called ...more

Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Philologists

Willy Bal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Willy Bal

Myles Dillon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Myles Dillon Myles Dillon was an Irish historian, philologist and celticist. Myles Dillon was born in Dublin; he was one of six children of John Dillon and his wife Elizabeth Mathew; James Matthew Dillon, ...more

Dámaso Alonso is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Dámaso Alonso y Fernández de las Redondas was a Spanish poet, philologist and literary critic. Though a member of the Generation of '27, his best-known work dates from the 1940s

Eric Bertrand Ceadel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Eric Bertrand Ceadel Eric Bertrand Ceadel was a philologist and cryptographer. He was a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge from 1962-1979, Reader in Japanese, and Librarian of the Cambridge University ...more

Nikola Andrić is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Nikola Andrić Nikola Andrić was a Croatian writer, philologist and translator.

Mihailo Stevanović is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Mihailo Stevanović Mihailo Stevanović was a Serbian linguist and philologist, professor at the University of Belgrade and a full member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was born in Stijena Piperska. ...more

Marc Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Philologists
Marc Rosenberg German art historian, philologist, privy councillor and collector.