Bernard of Chartres  

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Bernard of Chartres (Bernardus Carnotensis) (died after 1124) was a twelfth-century French Neo-Platonist philosopher, scholar, and administrator.

The earliest attribution of the phrase "standing on the shoulders of giants" is to Bernard (by John of Salisbury):

"We are like dwarfs standing [or sitting] upon the shoulders of giants, and so able to see more and see farther than the ancients."

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