The terminologist today and tomorrow: An interview with Rodolfo Maslias

I am honored to interview Rodolfo Maslias, Head of the Terminology Coordination Unit (TermCoord) of the European Parliament (EP), this time to talk about his presentation on the changing role of the terminologist titled The new terminologist. An… Read More

Who is Who in Terminology: William Whewell (1794 – 1866)

William Whewell was an English polymath, scientist, Anglican priest, philosopher, theologian and historian of science. He was the author of a major philosophy book entitled “The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences, Founded Upon Their History”, published in two… Read More

Who is Who in Terminology: Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564)

Andreas Vesalius was born in Brussels (Belgium) on December 31, 1514. Considered the founder of modern human anatomy, he was an anatomist, a physician, a professor, and served as Imperial physician at the Court of Emperor Charles V…. Read More

The Classical Schools of Terminology

If you have been reading my blog for a while or already know about the history of terminology, you are probably aware of the fact that terminology didn’t start with linguists but rather with subject-matter experts who started… Read More

Who is Who in Terminology: John Edwin Holmstrom (1898-19-)

“Technical terms are to language what the contents of a builder’s yard are to architecture”, said John Edwin Holmstrom in 1959. An English engineer and translator, he worked in close collaboration with Eugen Wüster. Actually, according to Wüster,… Read More

Who is Who in Terminology: Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (1746-1794)

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier was a “prominent French chemist and leading figure in the 18th-century chemical revolution who developed an experimentally based theory of the chemical reactivity of oxygen and coauthored the modern system for naming chemical substances.”1/ Lavoisier was… Read More

Who is Who in Terminology: Sergej Alekseevič Čaplygin (1869-1942)

Sergej Alekseevič Čaplygin was an aerodynamics specialist, author of works related to theoretical mechanics on water, air and gas and approximation methods to solve differential equations. Like other scientists of his time, he became interested in terminology after… Read More

Who’s Who in Terminology: Ingrid Meyer (1957-2004)

A renowned lexicographer and terminologist, Ingrid Meyer held a BA in French and German from McMaster University (Canada), an MA in Translation and a PhD in Linguistics, both from the University of Montreal (Canada). She worked as a… Read More

Who is Who in Terminology Dmitrij Semënovič Lotte (1898-1950)

Two major developments in the former Soviet Union gave rise to the Russian School of Terminology: scientific and technological progress (and, consequently, little exchange with other countries) and multilingualism. Dmitrij Lotte, the main proponent and an engineer just… Read More

Who is who in Terminology: Heinrich Paasch (1853-1904)

I had the honor to have been recently contacted by Marc Van Campenhoudt, from the Belgian Terminology Research, Termisti, to forward me some interesting information about Captain Heinrich Paasch (born in Germany but naturalized Belgian). The following is… Read More

Who is Who in Terminology: Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) – A guest post by Bart Bulens

This post has been written by Bart Bulens (, who also took Pompeu Fabra’s Course on Foundations of Terminology. He wrote this excellent biography and summarized Linnaeus contribution to Terminology and I just had to ask him to allow me to… Read More

Who is Who in Terminology: Helmut Felber (1925-2005)

Eugen Wüster’s long-time colleague, Helmut Felber was an Austrian terminologist who studied Civil Engineering and Philosophy, spoke English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian, and worked as librarian, teacher, translator, and interpreter. From 1964 to 1970 he was research… Read More