Esperantist is a person who speaks or uses Esperanto. Etymologically, an Esperantist is someone who hopes (from Esperanto esperanto "a hoping one", "someone who hopes", from esperi "to hope"). Although definitions of "Esperantist" vary, according to the Declaration of Boulogne, a document agreed at the first World Congress of Esperanto, an Esperantist is someone who speaks Esperanto and uses it for any purpose. An Esperantist is also a person who participates in Esperanto culture.
Lists of famous Esperantists [ edit ]
Important Esperantists [ edit ]
Muztar Abbasi, Pakistani Scholar, Patron in chief of PakEsA, translated the Qur'an into Esperanto and many other works.
William Auld, eminent Scottish Esperanto poet and nominee for the Nobel Prize for Literature
Julio Baghy, poet, member of the Academy of Esperanto and "Dad" of the Esperanto movement.
Henri Barbusse, French writer, honorary president of the first congress of the Sennacieca Asocio Tutmonda.
Kazimierz Bein, "Kabe", prominent Esperanto activist and writer who suddenly left the Esperanto movement
Émile Boirac, French writer and first president of the Esperanto language committee (later the Academy of Esperanto)
Antoni Grabowski, the father of Esperanto poetry
Boris Kolker, Esperantist scholar and key member of the Academy of Esperanto
Georges Lagrange, French Esperantist writer
John Edgar McFadyen
Frederic Pujulà i Vallés, pioneer of Esperanto in Spain
Sándor Szathmári, leading figure of Esperanto literature
Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof, Polish oculist and doctor, inventor of Esperanto.
Politicians [ edit ]
Kazimierz Badowski, founder of the Communist Party of Poland, promoted Esperanto as part of Trotskyist movement
Richard Bartholdt, U.S. Representative from Missouri
Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, one of the architects of the League of Nations, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Parley Parker Christensen, Utah and California politician
Willem Drees, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1948–1958)
Małgorzata Handzlik, member of the European Parliament
Jean Jaurès, French politician
He proposed to the International Socialist Congress at Stuttgart in 1907 the use of Esperanto for the information diffused by the Brussels Office of the organization.
Secretary of the Austrian Laborist Esperantist League and founder of
Internacio de Socialistaj Esperantistoj ("International of Socialist Esperantists")
Writers [ edit ]
Nadija Hordijenko Andrianova, Ukrainian writer and translator
Ragnar Jaðimbalgsøn, Brazilian writer
Ba Jin, prolific Chinese novelist and chairman of Chinese Writer Association
Henri Barbusse, French writer, and honorary president of the first congress of the Sennacieca Asocio Tutmonda
Louis de Beaufront, Esperantist writer
Gerrit Berveling, Dutch Esperantist poet, translator and editor of the Esperanto literary review, Fonto
Marjorie Boulton, British writer and poet in English and Esperanto; researcher and writer
Jorge Camacho, Spanish Esperantist writer
Vasili Eroshenko, Russian writer, Esperantist, linguist, and teacher
Petr Ginz, native Esperanto speaking boy who wrote an Esperanto-Czech dictionary but later died in a concentration camp at age 16. His drawing of the Moon was carried aboard Space Shuttle . His diary appears in Czech, Spanish, Catalan and Esperanto, and was recently published in English. Columbia
Don Harlow, Esperantist writer and webmaster of the United States
Hector Hodler, Swiss journalist, translator, organizer, and philanthropist
Hans Jakob, Swiss writer
Kálmán Kalocsay, Hungarian surgeon, poet, translator, and editor
Georges Lagrange, French Esperanto writer, member of Academy of Esperanto
Nikolai Vladimirovich Nekrasov, Esperantist writer and translator of the Soviet Union
Mauro Nervi, Italian poet in the Esperanto language
Edmond Privat, Swiss author, journalist, university professor, and movement activist
Cezaro Rossetti, Scottish Esperantist writer
René de Saussure, Swiss writer and activist
Teodoro Schwartz, Hungarian Jewish doctor, lawyer, author and editor
William Thomas Stead, well-known philanthropist, journalist and pacifist who was aboard the RMS when it sank. Titanic
Þórbergur Þórðarson (Thorbergur Thortharson), Icelandic writer and Esperantist
J. R. R. Tolkien
Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer and philosopher, who claimed he learned how to write Esperanto after two hours of study
Vladimir Varankin, Russian writer
Jules Verne, French author, incorporated Esperanto into his last unfinished work
Scientists [ edit ]
Daniel Bovet, Italian pharmacologist and winner of the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, learned Esperanto as a first language
Sidney S. Culbert, American linguist and psychologist
Bertalan Farkas, Hungarian cosmonaut
Louis Lumière, French inventor of cinema
Said: "The use of Esperanto could have one of the happiest consequences in its effects on international relations and the establishment of peace."
Wilhelm Ostwald, Latvian Nobel laureate for his seminal work in chemical catalysis
Claude Piron, Esperantist, psychologist, and linguist, translator for the United Nations
Reinhard Selten, German economist and winner of the 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics because of his work on game theory. He has authored two books in Esperanto on that subject.
Leonardo Torres y Quevedo, Spanish civil engineer and mathematician.
Yrjö Väisälä, Finnish astronomer, discovered asteroids 1421 Esperanto and 1462 Zamenhof
John C. Wells, British phonetician and Esperanto teacher
Vladimir Köppen, Russian geographer of German descent
Marcel Minnaert, Belgian astronomer who worked in Utrecht
Bahá'í adherents, many of whom have been involved with Esperanto – see Bahá'í Faith and auxiliary language. Lidia Zamenhof was a Bahá'í, and several leading Baha'is have spoken Esperanto. Most notably the Son of Bahá'u'lláh, `Abdu'l-Bahá, learned Esperanto (see John Esslemont).
Onisaburo Deguchi, one of the chief figures of the Oomoto religious movement in Japan and president of the Universala Homama Asocio ("Universal Human-love Association")
Alfred Fried, recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize and author of a textbook on Esperanto
Ebenezer Howard, known for his publication (1898), the description of a Garden Cities of To-morrow utopian city in which people live harmoniously together with nature
Pope John Paul II, gave several speeches using Esperanto during his career [2 ] [3 ]
Franko Luin, Swedish type designer of Slovene nationality
John Eyton Bickersteth Mayor, English classical scholar, gave a historic speech against Esperanto reformists at the World Congress of Esperanto held at Cambridge
Alexander Nedoshivin, tax specialist, one of the founders of the Esperanto Society at Kaunas, Lithuania
Seok Joo-myung, Korean ecologist who studied and identified native butterflies of Korea
William Main Page, Secretary of Edinburgh Esperanto Society, editor and author
László Polgár, Hungarian chess teacher
Susan Polgar, Hungarian-American chess grandmaster, taught Esperanto by her father László
William Shatner, a Canadian actor, recording artist, and author  
George Soros, Hungarian-American billionaire and son of Esperantist parents ("Soros", a name selected by his father to avoid persecution, in Esperanto means "will soar")
Daniel Tammet, British autistic savant, stated Esperanto as one of the ten languages he speaks
See also [ edit ]
This page has been translated from the article
fr:Espérantiste on the French Wikipedia, accessed on June 13, 2006.
William Thomas Stead from the Esperanto Vikipedio article.
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