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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.
Adrien-Gabriel Morice - French, developed Carrier syllabary c. 1885. Afáka Atumisi - Surinamese, invented
Afaka script in 1908.
Alexandre de Rhodes - French missionary, developed Vietnamese alphabet c. 1624, adapting the Roman alphabet
Alexander Melville Bell - American teacher, invented Visible Speech in 1867 Ali Moslehi Moslehabadi - Iranian comparative linguist, developed IPA2, also known as Pársik in 2004.
Anton Bezenšek - Slovenian linguist, developed Bezenšek Shorthand c. 1879 Aulay Macaulay - English tea-dealer, who invented Polygraphy, a system of shorthand in 1747.
J. R. R. Tolkien - British author, invented the Tengwar, Cirth and Sarati c. 1930.
James Evans - Canadian missionary, invented a syllbary used for Ojibwe and Cree c. 1840, these days referred to as Cree syllabics. James Hill - British, developed
Teeline Shorthand in 1970.
James O. Fraser - Scottish missionary, invented Fraser alphabet c. 1915.
Jeremiah Rich - English, invented a system of shorthand in 1654. J.M.R. LeJeune - Canadian, created
Chinook writing, 1893, an adaptation and expansion of Duployan. Johannes Pantheus - German author, invented
Enochian alphabet in 1478.
Johannes Trithemius - German cryptographer, invented an "Angelic" (magical) alphabet in 1499.
John Byrom - British poet, invented a system of shorthand c. 1715.
John Dee - English alchemist, invented another Enochian alphabet c. 1582.
John R. Malone - American, developed the UNIFON alphabet c. 1955.
John Robert Gregg - Irish author, invented Gregg Shorthand c. 1888.
John William Tims - American, developed Blackfoot syllabary c. 1890. John Willis - English, invented a system of shorthand in 1602.
Mangei Gomango - Indian, invented Sorang Sompeng script in 1936.
Marcus Tullius Tiro - Roman secretary, ascribed invention of Tironian notes shorthand c. 63 BC, according to tradition.
Mesrop Mashtots - Armenian monk, created the Armenian alphabet in c. 405. Moubao Azong - Tibetan king, ascribed invention of
Dongba script, c. 1250 (?), according to tradition. Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī was born in Central Asia (c.778 - c.850) created the notations of: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0.
Nurhaci (king), or possibly his translators Erdeni and Gagai ? - Manchurians, created Manchu alphabet in 1599.
Saint Clement of Ohrid - Archbishop, ascribed invention of Cyrillic c. 900, according to tradition.
Saint Cyril - Greek monk, believed to have created Glagolitic alphabet c. 863.
Saint Shahjalal - Bengali, ascribed invention of Syloti Nagri alphabet c. 1300, according to tradition.
Sam Pollard - British missionary, invented Pollard script in 1905.
Samuel F. B. Morse - American inventor, invented Morse code c. 1835.
Samuel Taylor - American, invented Universal Stenography system of shorthand in 1792.
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.
Sheikh Abdurahman Sheikh Nuur - Somali, invented Borama script c. 1933.
Shong Lue Yang - Laotian, created Pahawh Hmong alphabet in 1959. Sirijonga - Nepalese king, ascribed invention of
Limbu alphabet c. 880, according to tradition.
Stephen of Perm - Russian missionary, invented the Old Permic script alphabet in 1372.
Sol Chong - inventor of the Korean Idu script and Gugyeol script (c.650 - c.730), according to tradition.
Solomana Kante - Guinean author, invented the N'Ko alphabet in 1949. Heron Stone - invented Phonographics in 1994
Tenevil - Chukchi reindeer herder, developed a writing system for Chukchi language c. 1931. Thikúng Men Salóng - Bhutanese scholar, invented
Lepcha script some time around 1700.
Thomas Harriot - English mathematician, invented phonetic alphabet for transcribing Carolina Algonquian language in 1584.
Thomas More - English author, invented Utopian alphabet in 1516.
Thomas Shelton - English translator, developed Short Writing, an early shorthand, in 1626.
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.
Timothy Bright - English, invented Characterie shorthand in 1588. Tony Koyu - from Arunachal Pradesh invented Tani Lipi a scientific script of Arunachal Pradesh in 2001.