Larry Sanger

Philosopher, Website Owner

1968 –


Who is Larry Sanger?

Lawrence Mark "Larry" Sanger is an American Internet project developer, co-founder of Wikipedia, and the founder of Citizendium. He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. From an early age he has been interested in philosophy. Sanger received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Reed College in 1991 and a Doctor of Philosophy in philosophy from Ohio State University in 2000. Most of his philosophical work has focused on epistemology, the theory of knowledge.

He has been involved with various online encyclopedia projects. He is the former editor-in-chief of Nupedia, chief organizer of its successor, Wikipedia, and founding editor-in-chief of Citizendium. From his position at Nupedia, he assembled the process for article development. Sanger proposed implementing a wiki, which led directly to the creation of Wikipedia. Initially Wikipedia was a complementary project for Nupedia. He was Wikipedia's early community leader and established many of its original policies.

Sanger left Wikipedia in 2002, and has since been critical of the project. He states that, despite its merits, Wikipedia lacks credibility due to, among other things, a lack of respect for expertise.

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Jul 16, 1968
Also known as
  • Сэнгер, Ларри
  • United States of America
  • Ohio State University
  • Bachelor's degree, Reed College
    (1986 - 1991)
  • Bachelor of Arts
Lived in
  • Anchorage

on July 23, 2013


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