100 great Estonians of the 20th century

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100 great Estonians of the 20th century is a list of notable Estonians compiled in 1999 by Eesti Entsüklopeediakirjastus, Eesti Päevaleht, National Library of Estonia, Radio Kuku, and TV3.[1]

The list includes 20 scientists, 20 social figures, 15 writers, 13 in theater, film and journalism, 12 musicians, 10 artists, and 10 sportsmen. The best known scientist of the century was semiotician Yuri Lotman,[2] politician was Lennart Meri,[3] musician Gustav Ernesaks,[4] and sportsman was chess grandmaster Paul Keres.[5]

100 great Estonians of the 20th century in alphabetical order:


  1. ^ A hundred great Estonians of the 20th century [compiled by Tiit Kändler; translated by Küllike Lengi-Cooper; foreword: Ülo Kaevats] Estonian Encyclopaedia Publishers, 2002. 214 pages. ISBN 9985701038
  2. ^ Sajandi Eesti teadlaseks valiti semiootik Juri Lotman Eesti Päevaleht, October 27, 1999
  3. ^ Lennart Meri osutus 20. sajandi suuremaks poliitikuks Eesti Päevaleht, September 7, 1999
  4. ^ Sajandi muusik Gustav Ernesaks Õhtuleht, Aprill 9, 1999
  5. ^ Paul Keres valiti sajandi tunnustatuimaks Eesti sportlaseks Delfi, November 30, 1999. Accessed 2015-02-06. Archived 2015-03-25.