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Jimmy Wales and Katherine Maher at Wikimania – a gathering of Wikipedia people in Canada in 2017.

The list of Wikipedia people includes notable editors, founders and functionaries of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. The individuals here have been the subject of at least one reliable source independent of Wikipedia itself, and are generally considered to be members or former members of the Wikipedia community.

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  • Evan Amos is a New York City-based professional photographer. He is known for his numerous stock images of video game consoles, which are frequently used in Wikipedia articles.[1]
  • Amin Azzam is an American psychiatrist and clinical professor at the UCSF School of Medicine. He is known for teaching a class to medical students which consists entirely of editing Wikipedia articles.[2]


  • Nicholson Baker is an author and conservationist who "fell in love with Wikipedia".[3][4]
  • Yaroslav Blanter is a Russian nanoscientist who specializes in editing Russian-language pages.[5]


  • William Connolley is a climate modeller who edits Wikipedia using his real name.[6]



  • Ryan Jordan is a man from Kentucky who edited Wikipedia for several years, using the username Essjay. He permanently retired from contributing to the site in 2007, after it became known that he had falsely claimed to be a theology professor with expertise in canon law. The ensuing controversy became known as the Essjay controversy.[8]



  • Justin Knapp is an American Wikipedian known for being the first person to make 1 million edits to Wikipedia, a milestone he passed in 2012.[10]



  • Steven Pruitt is an American Wikipedian known for editing the English Wikipedia under the username Ser Amantio di Nicolao. He was named one of the 25 most influential people on the Internet by Time in June 2017. As of June 26, 2017, he had made about 2 million English Wikipedia edits, more than any other single human editor.[13] He began editing Wikipedia in 2006 as a senior at the College of William & Mary.[14]


  • Derek Ramsey is the programmer who created Rambot – a program which created numerous Wikipedia articles from the United States Census and World Factbook.[15][16]
  • Lane Rasberry is the Wikipedian in Residence at Consumer Reports. He has been active as a Wikipedia editor since 2008.[17][18]


  • Larry Sanger was an employee of Bomis, an internet company founded in 1996 by Jimmy Wales, Tim Shell and Michael Davis.[19] Bomis sought to build a for-profit online encyclopedia called Nupedia and hired the graduate student Sanger to head up the project in May 1999.[20] Sanger took the idea of using wiki technology for encyclopedia-writing purposes to Wales at the end of 2000 for a spin-off project,[21] Wikipedia, initially launched as an entertaining adjunct of the serious, expert-written Nupedia. He was editor of Wikipedia at the time of its launch on January 15, 2001. Together with Wales, Sanger is credited with drafting many of the core principles of Wikipedia, such as the doctrine of Neutral Point of View. Sanger was terminated by Bomis in February 2002 due to the company's declining revenues. He has subsequently emerged as a critic of Wikipedia and its culture.[21]


  • Adrianne Wadewitz (1977–2014) was an American Wikipedian and scholar of 18th-century British literature.[22]
  • Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia and Wikia.[23]


  1. Lien, Tracey (2013-10-31). "Preserving video game history one photo at a time". Polygon. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  2. Feltman, Rachel (2014-01-28). "America's future doctors are starting their careers by saving Wikipedia". Quartz. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  3. Nicholson Baker (10 April 2008), "How I fell in love with Wikipedia", The Guardian
  4. Dan O'Sullivan (2016), Wikipedia: A New Community of Practice?, Routledge, p. 82, ISBN 9781134766246, Another keen wikipedian, the novelist Nicholson Baker...
  5. Morris, Kevin (2013-04-25). "The greatest movie that never was". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  6. Dan O'Sullivan (2016), Wikipedia: A New Community of Practice?, Routledge, p. 88, ISBN 9781134766246
  7. Chris Wilson (15 Jan 2016), "Why Wikipedia Is in Trouble", TIME
  8. Cohen, Noam (2007-03-05). "A Contributor to Wikipedia Has His Fictional Side". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  9. Hannah Kuchler (8 December 2017), "Wikimedia director wants more women in online encyclopedia", Financial Times
  10. "Justin Knapp Makes History On Wikipedia". NPR. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  11. Chawla, Dalmeet Singh (2017-04-04). "Unpaywall finds free versions of paywalled papers". Nature. doi:10.1038/nature.2017.21765. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  12. "Accessing Academic Sources on Wikipedia: An interview featuring Jake Orlowitz". PLOScast. 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  13. "Meet the 25 Most Influential People on the Internet". Time. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  14. "Steven Pruitt '02". St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  15. Jennifer Joline Anderson (2011), "Ram-Man and the Rambot", Wikipedia: The Company and Its Founders, ABDO, p. 53, ISBN 9781617148125
  16. Jose van Dijck (2013), The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media, Oxford University Press, pp. 152–153, ISBN 9780199970803
  17. "Wikipedia: Health Information Lives Here". Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. 2015-10-27. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  18. "Consumer Reports Appoints Lane Rasberry as Wikipedian in Residence". Consumer Reports (Press release). 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  19. Andrew Lih, The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia. New York: Hyperion, 2009; pp. 6, 18–20, 28–32, 38–42, 63, 69, 76, 78–79.
  20. Mark Frauenfelder, "The New Encyclopedia Salesmen," The Industry Standard, vol. 3, no. 49 (Nov. 27, 2000), pg. 110.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Zachary Schwartz, "Wikipedia's Co-Founder Is Wikipedia's Most Outspoken Critic," Vice, Nov. 11, 2015.
  22. Cohen, Noam (2014-04-19). "Adrianne Wadewitz, 37, Wikipedia Editor, Dies in Rock Climbing Fall". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  23. Kiss, Jemima (2010-11-09). "Jimmy Wales makes Wikia stickier with a social revamp". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-06.

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