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List of creators of writing systems
This is an alphabetical list of any individuals, legendary or real, who are purported by traditions to have invented
alphabets or other writing systems, whether this is proven or not.
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa - German alchemist, created the Transitus Fluvii, Malachim, and Celestial Alphabets, c. 1525.\
Guru Angad - Sikh Guru, ascribed invention of Gurmukhi script c. 1539 according to tradition.
Anigouran - Tuareg folk hero, ascribed invention of Tifinagh according to tradition. Afáka Atumisi - Surinamese, invented
Afaka script in 1908. Moubao Azong - Tibetan king, ascribed invention of Dongba script, c. 1250 (?), according to traditional Naxi genealogy.
Hussein Sheikh Ahmed Kaddare - Somali, invented Kaddare script c. 1953.
Kisimi Kamara - Sierra Leonean tailor, invented Mende syllabary, Ki-ka-ku, in 1921.
Solomana Kante - Guinean author, invented the N'Ko alphabet in 1949.
Vuk Stefanović Karadžić, Serbian linguist, developed Serbian Cyrillic alphabet c. 1818, adapting Cyrillic alphabet.
Osman Yusuf Kenadid - Somali, invented Osmanya script c. 1921.
Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī - Persian mathematician, helped codify the Hindu-Arabic numeral system c. 825
Ong Kommandam - Laotian freedom fighter, developed the Khom script, first used 1926. Tony Koyu - from Arunachal Pradesh invented Tani Lipi a scientific script of Arunachal Pradesh in 2001.
Kūkai - Japanese monk, ascribed invention of Kana syllabary c. 806, according to tradition.
Aulay Macaulay - English tea-dealer, who invented Polygraphy, a system of shorthand in 1747.
John R. Malone - American, developed the UNIFON alphabet c. 1955.
Mesrop Mashtots - Armenian monk, created the Armenian alphabet in c. 405.
Olof Melin - Swedish colonel, invented Melin Shorthand c. 1880. Ali Moslehi Moslehabadi - Iranian comparative linguist, developed IPA2, also known as Pársik in 2004.
Thomas More - English author, invented Utopian alphabet in 1516.
Adrien-Gabriel Morice - French, developed Carrier syllabary c. 1885.
Samuel F. B. Morse - American inventor, invented Morse code c. 1835. Pandit Raghunath Murmu - Indian, created Ol Chiki script in 1925.
Odin/*Wōdanaz - the chief god in Scandinavian/Germanic paganism. Associated in the Hávamál with the origins of the Runic alphabet Futhark (Later Futhorc). Ogma - legendary Irish deified chieftain, also ascribed invention of Ogham writing c. 1875 BC (?) according to tradition.
Zaya Pandita - Oirat lama, developed Todo script in 1648. Johannes Pantheus - German author, invented
Enochian alphabet (not to be confused with that of Dee) in 1478.
Paracelsus - Swiss alchemist, invented Alphabet of the Magi c. 1520.
Chögyal Phagpa - Tibetan monk, invented Phagspa script in 1269.
Pharnavaz I of Iberia - Iberian king, ascribed development of Georgian alphabet in 284 BC, according to tradition. Francisco de Pina, and other Portuguese missionaries - created the
Vietnamese alphabet c. 1620s.
Isaac Pitman - British teacher, invented Pitman shorthand in 1837.
Sam Pollard - British missionary, invented Pollard script in 1905.
Parley P. Pratt - American Mormon leader, developed Deseret alphabet with George D. Watt c. 1855. George Psalmanazar - European impostor and scholar, invented a (fraudulent) Formosan alphabet in 1704.
Carl W. Salser - American teacher, developed Personal Shorthand with C. Theo Yerian. c. 1955. Thikúng Men Salóng - Bhutanese scholar, invented
Lepcha script some time around 1700.
Bakri Sapalo - Oromo from Ethiopia, invented syllabary.
Saraswati - Indian goddess, created devanagari alphabet.
Sejong the Great of Joseon - Korean king, invented Hangul writing in c. 1443, promulgated in 1446.
Sequoyah, Cherokee silversmith, invented Cherokee syllabary c. 1819.
Saint Shahjalal - Bengali, ascribed invention of Syloti Nagri alphabet c. 1300, according to tradition.
Sheikh Abdurahman Sheikh Nuur - Somali, invented Borama script c. 1933.
Thomas Shelton - English translator, developed Short Writing, an early shorthand, in 1626.
Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche - Tibetan religious teacher of uncertain historicity, ascribed creation of the Dongba script by religious fables. Sirijonga - Nepalese king, ascribed invention of
Limbu alphabet c. 880, according to tradition.
Shong Lue Yang - Hmong, created Pahawh Hmong alphabet in 1959.
Seol Chong - inventor of the Korean Idu script and Gugyeol script (c.650 - c.730), according to tradition.
Stephen of Perm - Russian missionary, invented the Old Permic alphabet in 1372. Heron Stone - invented Phonographics in 1994
Valerie Sutton - American choreographer, developed MovementWriting for transcribing dance in 1972 and SignWriting for transcribing sign languages in 1974.
Samuel Taylor - British, invented Universal Stenography system of shorthand in 1792.
Tenevil - Chukchi reindeer herder, developed a writing system for Chukchi language c. 1931.
Charles Allen Thomas - invented Thomas Natural Shorthand in 1935.
Thonmi Sambhota - legendary Tibetan scribe, ascribed invention of Tibetan script c. 650, according to tradition.
Thoth - mythical Egyptian deity, ascribed invention of Egyptian hieroglyphics c. 3000 BC (?) according to tradition.
John William Tims - Missionary, developed Blackfoot syllabary c. 1890.
Marcus Tullius Tiro - Roman secretary, ascribed invention of Tironian notes shorthand c. 63 BC, according to tradition.
J. R. R. Tolkien - British author, invented the Tengwar, Cirth and Sarati c. 1930.
Johannes Trithemius - German cryptographer, invented an "Angelic" (magical) alphabet in 1499. Deowan Turi - possibly mythical, ascribed invention of Warang Citi alphabet c. 1250 (?) by Lako Bodra.