49 Most Influential Historian of All-Time


1. Herodotus (-484, Halicarnassus, 🇹🇷) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


2. Xenophon (-431, Athens, 🇬🇷) ⭐⭐⭐⭐


3. Thucydides (-460, Alimos, 🇬🇷) ⭐⭐⭐⭐


4. Tacitus (56, Gaul, 🇫🇷) ⭐⭐⭐⭐


5. Sima Qian (-139, Hancheng, 🇨🇳) ⭐⭐⭐⭐


6. Josephus (37, Jerusalem, 🇮🇱) ⭐⭐⭐⭐


7. Polybius (-203, Megalopolis, 🇬🇷) ⭐⭐⭐⭐


8. Suetonius (70, Rome, 🇮🇹) ⭐⭐⭐⭐


9. Ibn Khaldun (1332, Tunis, TUNISIA) ⭐⭐⭐


10. Diodorus Siculus (-90, Agira, 🇮🇹) ⭐⭐⭐


11. Manetho (-300, Other, 🇪🇬) ⭐⭐⭐

12. Sallust (-86, Amiternum, 🇮🇹) ⭐⭐


13. Dio Cassius (155, İznik, 🇹🇷) ⭐⭐

14. Bede (672, Jarrow, 🇬🇧) ⭐⭐


15. Procopius (500, Caesarea, 🇮🇱) ⭐⭐

16. Arrian (92, Nicomedia, 🇹🇷) ⭐⭐


17. Alexis de Tocqueville (1805, Paris, 🇫🇷) ⭐⭐


18. Pierre de Coubertin (1863, Paris, 🇫🇷) ⭐⭐


19. Hecataeus (-550, Other, 🇬🇷) ⭐⭐

20. Saxo Grammaticus (1150, Zealand, 🇩🇰) ⭐⭐


21. Livy (-59, Padua, 🇮🇹) ⭐⭐


22. Thomas Samuel Kuhn (1922, Cincinnati, 🇺🇸 ) ⭐


23. Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717, Stendal, 🇩🇪) ⭐


24. Fernand Braudel (1902, Luméville-en-Ornois, 🇫🇷) ⭐

25. Edward Gibbon (1737, Putney, 🇬🇧) ⭐


26. Junianus Justinus (300, Other, Unknown) ⭐

27. Jacob Burckhardt (1818, Basel, 🇨🇭) ⭐


28. Marc Bloch (1886, Lyon, 🇫🇷) ⭐


29. Quintus Curtius Rufus (41, Other, Unknown) ⭐


30. Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari (838, Amol, 🇮🇷) ⭐


31. Johan Huizinga (1872, Groningen, 🇳🇱) ⭐


32. Leopold von Ranke (1795, Wiehe, 🇩🇪) ⭐


33. Arnold J. Toynbee (1889, London, 🇬🇧) ⭐


34. Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779, Frankfurt, 🇩🇪) ⭐


35. Eutropius (-400, Other, Unknown) ⭐

36. Hippolyte Taine (1828, Vouziers, 🇫🇷) ⭐


37. Francesco Guicciardini (1483, Florence, 🇮🇹) ⭐


38. Nicetas Choniates (1155, Honaz, 🇹🇷) ⭐


39. François Guizot (1787, Nîmes, 🇫🇷) ⭐


40. Jacques Le Goff (1924, Toulon, 🇫🇷) ⭐


41. Lucien Febvre (1878, Nancy, 🇫🇷) ⭐


42. Eric Hobsbawm (1917, Alexandria, 🇪🇬)


43. William of Tyre (1130, Jerusalem, 🇮🇱)


44. Jared Diamond (1937, Boston, 🇺🇸 )


45. Mircea Eliade (1907, Bucharest, 🇷🇴)


46. Henry Wilson (1812, Farmington, 🇺🇸 )


47. Bernard Lewis (1916, London, 🇬🇧)


48. Georgi Parvanov (1957, Sirishtnik, BULGARIA)


49. Howard Zinn (1922, New York, 🇺🇸 )


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Source:

Yu, A. Z., et al. (2016). Pantheon 1.0, a manually verified dataset of globally famous biographies. Scientific Data 2:150075. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2015.75

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