Famous Atheists: Miscellaneous

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Famous Atheists: Miscellaneous



John Baskerville (1706–1775): English typesetter, printing innovator and typefounder, designer of the typeface that bears his name.

Felix Dennis (1947–): British magazine publisher and philanthropist.

Larry Flynt (1942–): American publisher and the head of Larry Flynt Publications.

Stephen Girard (1750–1831): French sailor turned American banker and philanthropist.

Allan Pinkerton (1819–1884): Scottish-born American detective and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton Agency, the first detective agency of the United States.

Graeme Samuel (1946–): Australian businessman, currently serving as the chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Sir Clive Sinclair (1940–): British entrepreneur and inventor of the world’s first ‘slim-line’ electronic pocket calculator and early personal computers.

Christer Sturmark (1964–): Swedish IT entrepreneur and chairman of The Swedish Humanist Organisation.

Sir Alan Sugar (1947–): English entrepreneur, businessman, and television personality.

Will Wyatt (1942–): British media consultant and company director, formerly a journalist, television producer and senior executive at the BBC.

Mark Zuckerberg (1984–): Founder and CEO of Facebook



Dave Allen (1936–2005): Irish comedian, popular on United Kingdom and Australian television in the 1960s, 1970s and also in the 1990s.

Dara Ó Briain (1972–): Irish comedian and television presenter.

Keith Allen (1953–): British comedian, actor, singer and writer, father of Lily Allen.

Wil Anderson (1974–): Australian television, radio and stand-up comedian, former host of ABC’s The Glass House.

Matt Besser (1967–): American comedian.

Abie Philbin Bowman (19??–): Irish comedian and columnist, writer/director/performer of Jesus: The Guantanamo Years.

Marcus Brigstocke (1973–): English comedian, satirist and presenter of The Late Edition.

George Carlin (1937–2008): American comedian, actor and author; outspoken atheist who has described religion as being “the greatest bullshit story ever told.”

Adam Carolla (1964–): American comedian, actor and comedy writer.

Jimmy Carr (1972–): English-Irish comedian.

Pat Condell (1951–): English stand up comedian, writer and secularist.

Billy Connolly (1942–): Scottish comedian, musician and presenter, also known as an actor in films such as Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Man who Sued God and Mrs. Brown.

David Cross (1964–): American actor and comedian.

Larry David (1947–): American actor, writer, comedian, and producer.

Catherine Deveny (1968–): Australian comedy writer, stand-up comedian and sometimes controversial opinion columnist in the Age newspaper.

Emery Emery (1963–): American comedian, producer/director/editor and author and webshow host; outspoken atheist who is a contributing author of “The Atheist’s Guide To Christmas.” and host of webshow “Ardent Atheist with Emery Emery

Ben Elton (1959–): English comedian, writer and director.

Janeane Garofalo (1964–): American actress and comedian.

Ricky Gervais (1961–): British comedian and actor, co-creator of the original version of The Office.

Kathy Griffin (1963–): American comedian.

Andy Hamilton (1954–): English comedian, game show panellist, director and comedy scriptwriter for television and radio.

Jeremy Hardy (1961–): English alternative comedian, frequently on BBC Radio 4 shows such as The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.

Richard Herring (1967–): British comedian and writer, best known as part of Lee and Herring.

Robin Ince (1969–): English stand-up comedian, actor, writer and impressionist.

Eddie Izzard (1962–): English stand-up comedian and actor, winner of several awards.

Jim Jeffries (1977–): Australian comedian.

Dom Joly (1967–): Award-winning British television comedian and journalist, best known as the star of Trigger Happy TV.

Stewart Lee (1968–): English stand-up comedian, writer and director, best known as one half of Lee and Herring and for co-writing and directing the critically acclaimed and controversial stage show Jerry Springer: The Opera.

Bill Maher (1956–): American comedian, author, political satirist and host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Tim Minchin (1975–): Australian comedian, actor, composer, songwriter, pianist, musical director, winner of the 2005 Best Newcomer Perrier Comedy Award.

Dylan Moran (1971–): Irish comedian, most famous for the creation and role in hit British sitcom Black Books, as well as his work with Simon Pegg in movies such as Shaun of the Dead and Run Fatboy Run.

Dermot Morgan (1952–1998): Irish comedian and actor, who achieved international renown as Father Ted Crilly in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.

Patton Oswalt (1969–): American actor and comedian.

Paula Poundstone (1959–): An American stand-up comedian. She is known for her quiet, self-deprecating style, political observations, and her trademark style of dress: a suit and tie.

Joe Rogan (1967–): American stand-up comedian and Color Commentator For the UFC.

Arthur Smith (1954–): English alternative comedian and writer.

Linda Smith (1958–2006): English comedian and comedy writer, president of the British Humanist Association from 2004 until her death.

Doug Stanhope (1967–): American stand-up comedian, former host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show.

Julia Sweeney (1959–): American actor and comedian. Alumna of Saturday Night Live, author/performer of a one-woman autobiographical stage show about finding atheism: Letting Go of God.

Mark Thomas (1963–): English comedian, presenter, political activist and reporter, best known for political stunts on his show, The Mark Thomas Comedy Product on UK Channel 4.

Gene Weingarten (1951–): Humor writer for The Washington Post.



Richard Carrier (1969-): American historian and advocate for both atheism and metaphysical naturalism.

G. E. M. de Ste. Croix (1910–2000): British historian, specializing in examining the classical era from a historical materialist perspective.

Constantine Fitzgibbon (1919–1983): Irish-American historian and novelist.

George Grote (1794–1871): English classical historian, best known in the field for a major work, the voluminous History of Greece, still read.

Keith Hopkins (1934–2004): British classical historian and sociologist, professor of ancient history at the University of Cambridge 1985–2001.

Robin Lane Fox (1946–): English academic and historian, currently a Fellow of New College, Oxford, Lecturer in Ancient History at Exeter College, Oxford and University Reader in Ancient History.

James Murdoch (Scottish journalist) (1856–1921): Scottish scholar and journalist, whose three-volume History of Japan was the first comprehensive history of Japan in the English language.

Tony Parker (1923–1996): English oral historian, whose work was dedicated to giving a voice to British and American society’s most marginalised figures.

Francesca Stavrakopoulou (19??–): Senior lecturer in the University of Exeter’s department of Theology and Religion and presenter of the BBC series The Bible’s Buried Secrets.

Pierre Vidal-Naquet (1930–2006): French classical historian.



Abdul Rashid Dostum (1954–): Afghani military figure, the current leader of Uzbek-Afghan northern provinces.

William Sholto Douglas, Baron Douglas of Kirtleside, Marshal of the Royal Air Force GCB, MC, DFC (1893–1969): Distinguished British airman, a senior figure in the Royal Air Force up to and during World War II.

Jeremy Hall (1985–): American army specialist who sued the U.S. Department of Defense, alleging his atheism led to discrimination, death threats and being denied promotions.

Lakshmi Sahgal (1914–): Activist of the Indian independence movement, an ex-officer of the Indian National Army, and the Minister of Women’s affairs in the Azad Hind Government.


Social sciences

Scott Atran (1952–): American anthropologist.

Herbert de Souza (1935–1997): Brazilian sociologist and activist against economic injustice and government corruption in Brazil, and founder of the Brazilian Institute of Social Analysis and Economics (IBASE).

Émile Durkheim (1858–1917): French sociologist whose contributions were instrumental in the formation of sociology and anthropology.

Norman Finkelstein (1953–): American political scientist and author, specialising in Jewish-related issues, especially the Holocaust and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sir Raymond Firth CNZM, FBA (1901–2002): New Zealand ethnologist, considered to have singlehandedly created a form of British economic anthropology.

Michel Foucault (1926–1984): French philosopher, historian, critic and sociologist.

Thor Heyerdahl (1914–2002): Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer, famous for his Kon-Tiki expedition.

Mayer Hillman (1931–): British political scientist, architect and town planner, a Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Policy Studies Institute.

Baruch Kimmerling (1939–2007): Romanian-born professor of sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Kemal Kirişci (19??–): Turkish political scientist, professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.

Peter Lawrence (1921–1987): British-born Australian anthropologist, pioneer in the study of Melanesian religions noted for his work on cargo cults.

Sir Edmund Leach (1910–1989): British social anthropologist, a Fellow of the British Academy.

James H. Leuba (1868–1946): American psychologist, one of the leading figures of the early phase of the American psychology of religion movement.

Franz Leopold Neumann (1900–1954): German political scientist, known for theoretical analyses of National Socialism, and considered among the founders of modern political science in Germany.

Alfred Radcliffe-Brown (1881–1955): English social anthropologist who developed the theory of Structural functionalism.

Herbert Simon (1916–2001): American political scientist and economist, one of the most influential social scientists of the 20th century.

Robert Spitzer (19??–): American psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, a major architect of the modern classification of mental disorders.

Laurie Taylor (1936–): British sociologist and radio presenter.



Lance Armstrong, (1971–): Road racing cyclist, won the Tour de France seven consecutive times.

Brian Clough, (1935–2004): Soccer manager, of Hartlepool United, Derby County, Brighton and Hove Albion, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest. Said in his 1994 autobiography that he didn’t believe in an afterlife or a god.

Fausto Coppi (1919–1960): Italian racing cyclist, nicknamed Il Campionissimo (“the greatest champion”) one of the most successful and popular cyclists of all time.

Robin Dixon CBE (1935–): British Olympic gold medal bobsledder, army Major, businessman, British and Northern Irish politician, latterly a member of the House of Lords.

Jan Hein Donner (1927–1988): Dutch chess grandmaster and writer.

Jonathan Edwards (1966–): British triple jumper. Former Olympic, European and World champion. Holds the current world record in the event.

Hugh Falkus (1917–1996): British writer, film maker, World War II pilot, but best known as an angler, with seminal books on salmon and sea trout fishing.

David Feherty (1958–): Irish golfer, a former European Tour and PGA Tour professional who now works as a writer and broadcaster.

Olga Galchenko (1990–): Juggler.

Bruce Lee (1940–1973): American born Chinese martial artist and actor.

Jason Miller (1980–): Popular American mixed martial arts fighter and host of MTV’s Bully Beatdown. Is noted for stating “After my victory, I would like to thank science.”

Joe Simpson (1972–): British mountaineer, author and motivational speaker, famous for his book Touching the Void, subsequently filmed.

Robert Smith (1972–): former Minnesota Vikings running back and NFL Network football analyst.

Matthew Syed (1970–): English table tennis international, three times the Men’s Singles Champion at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships and competing for Great Britain in two Olympic Games, now a Times journalist.

Savielly Tartakower (1887–1956): Polish and French chess Grandmaster, the king of chess journalism in the 1920s and 30s.

Pat Tillman (1976–2004): Former NFL linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals and United States Army Ranger, killed by friendly fire in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Dana White (1969–) President of Ultimate Fighting Championship

Bob Woolmer (1948–2007): English international cricketer, professional cricket coach and commentator, playing in 19 Test matches and 6 One Day Internationals for England and later coaching South Africa, Warwickshire and Pakistan.

Fernando Alonso: Formula One racer and Two-time World Champion


Visual arts

Abu Abraham (1924–2002): Indian political cartoonist, journalist, and author.

Franko B (1960–): British performance artist who uses his own body in his art.

Francis Bacon (1909–1992): Irish-born figurative painter whose work is known for its bold, austere, and often grotesque or nightmarish imagery.

Jemima Blackburn (1957–): Scottish painter and illustrator, especially of evocative images of rural life in 19th century Scotland.

Iwona Blazwick OBE (1955–): British art gallery curator, Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.

Berkeley Breathed (1957–): American cartoonist, children’s book author/illustrator, director, and screenwriter, best known for the cartoon strip Bloom County.

Joan Brossa (1919–1998): Catalan graphic designer and plastic artist, one of the leading early proponents of visual poetry in Catalan literature.

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004): French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography, who helped develop the influential “street photography” style.

Mitch Clem (1982–): American cartoonist and webcomic author.

Walter Crane (1845–1915): English artist and book illustrator, a main contributor to the child’s nursery motif in English children’s illustrated literature of the latter 19th century.

Eric de Maré (1910–2002): British architectural photographer.

Vincent Deporter (1959–): Writer/illustrator and cartoonist. Published in Europe (Spirou, Glenat, Dupuis…) and the United States (DC Comics, Nickelodeon Magazine…), and writer-illustrator for the SpongeBob Comics.

Barry Driscoll (1926–2006): British painter, wildlife artist and sculptor.

John Ernest (1922–1994): American-born artist, a key member of the British constructivist art movement.

Ernst Ludwig Freud (1892–1970): German/Austrian architect, the youngest son of Sigmund Freud.

Sam Fullbrook (1922–2004): Prize-winning Australian artist.

Peter Fuller (1947–1990): British art critic and magazine editor, founding editor of the art magazine Modern Painters and art critic of The Sunday Telegraph.

Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854–1934): English sculptor and goldsmith, central participant in the New Sculpture movement.

Sir Ernst Gombrich OM, CBE (1909–2001): Austrian-born British art historian.

Antony Gormley OBE, RA (1950–): English sculptor, famous for his Angel of the North.

George Grosz (1893–1959): German draughtsman and painter, a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group.

Damien Hirst (1965–): English artist, internationally renowned and the most prominent member of the group known as “Young British Artists”.

Alfred Hrdlicka (1928–2009): Austrian sculptor, draughtsman, painter and artist, whose 2008 religious work about the Apostles, Religion, Flesh and Power, attracted criticism over its homoerotic theme.

Mark Hofmann (1954–): Prolific counterfeiter and ex-Mormon who murdered two people in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sebastian Horsley (1962–2010): English artist and writer, best known for having undergone a voluntary crucifixion.

Waldemar Januszczak (1954–): British art critic, former Guardian arts editor and maker of television arts documentaries.

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, known as Le Corbusier (1887–1965): Swiss-born architect, designer, urbanist, writer and also painter, famous for his contributions to what now is called Modern Architecture.

Giulio Mancini (1558–1630): Italian biographer and writer on art, art collector and noted physician.

Alexander McQueen CBE (1969–2010): English fashion designer.

Oscar Niemeyer (1907–): Brazilian architect, considered one of the most important names in international modern architecture.

Jorge Oteiza (1908–2003): Basque sculptor, painter, designer and writer, renowned for being one of the main theorists on Basque modern art.

Grayson Perry (1960–): English artist, best known for his ceramics and for cross-dressing, the first ceramic artist and public transvestite to win the Turner Prize.

Gwen Raverat (1885–1957): English wood engraving artist who co-founded the Society of Wood Engravers in England.

Gerhard Richter (1932–): German artist, considered one of the most important German artists of the post-World War II period.

Bryan Robertson OBE (1925–2002): English curator and arts manager, “the greatest Director the Tate Gallery never had”.

Mark Rothko (1903–1970): Latvian-born American painter and printmaker, classified as an abstract expressionist, although he rejected the label.

Martin Rowson (1959–): British political cartoonist, novelist and satirist.

Maurice Sinet, known as Siné (1928–): French radical left-wing cartoonist.

Brendan Powell Smith (19??–): American artist, author, and creator of The Brick Testament, which illustrates stories from the Bible by dioramas of LEGO bricks.

“Normal” Bob Smith (1969–): American graphic artist, who prompted controversy with his creation of Jesus Dress Up.

Kurt Westergaard (1935–): Danish cartoonist, creator of a controversial cartoon of the Muslim prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb as a turban which was part of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy.

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