Learn English – When did the term “scientist” overtake usage of the term “natural philosopher”


The word scientist comes from the Latin scientia, but when did its usage become more prevalent than the term natural philosopher?

Best Answer

From the data reported from the Corpus of Historical American, scientist started to be used more frequently than natural philosopher between 1860 and 1869.


The CoHA finds 538 phrases containing scientist dated 1960-1969, and 589 phrases dated 2000-2009.