People born and die every day but there are some who deliver so much in their lifetime that their glory is sung for decades and centuries after. They leave a lasting imprint of their knowledge which the people not just adopt but adapt into their lifestyle for a better living. Turn the pages of history and you would be astonished to know that each century has had a stream of intellectuals and academicians who through their learning, critical thinking and analysis, research and reasoning made new discoveries in different fields such as literature, medicine, law and scientific research. While earlier the intellectuals or the thinking class was reserved to a privileged few, mostly those belonging to the upper rich class, with a change in time, education became accessible to all and intellectuals and academicians came from different background and cultures. In the 20th century, the world witnessed the largest influx of intellectuals and academicians who presented new theories and philosophies based on their knowledge, understanding and learning. These intellectuals played a critical role in the development of the world. Few names that adorn the list include Alva Myrdal, BF Skinner, Alan Watts, Albert Camus and so on. Check this segment to find out information regarding famous intellectuals and academics of the 20th century.
Jordan PetersonJordan Peterson
12 June 1962, Canadian
Clinical Psychologist
Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
22 April 1870, Russian
Former Premier of the Soviet Union

Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
07 December 1928, American
Linguist

Osho RajneeshOsho Rajneesh
11 December 1931, Indian
Spiritual leader and Public speaker, Philosopher

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
07 May 1861, Indian
Poet

Sigmund FreudSigmund Freud
06 May 1856, Austrian
Neurologist
Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev
03 September 1957, Indian
Yoga Guru

Carl JungCarl Jung
26 July 1875, Swiss
Psychiatrist

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905, American, Russian
Writer
Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh
26 September 1932, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Swami VivekanandaSwami Vivekananda
12 January 1863, Indian
Indian Monk
Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
07 November 1879, Ukrainian, Russian
Politician

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920, Polish
Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
15 October 1926, French
French philosopher

Jane GoodallJane Goodall
03 April 1934, British
Primatologist

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping
22 August 1904, Chinese
Politician
L Ron HubbardL Ron Hubbard
13 March 1911, American
Founder of Church of Scientology

T. E. LawrenceT. E. Lawrence
16 August 1888, British
Archaeologist

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913, Algerian, French
Philosopher & Novelist

Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915, British, American
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker
Slavoj ŽižekSlavoj Žižek
21 March 1949, Slovenian
Philosopher

Sam HarrisSam Harris
09 April 1967, American
Philosopher, Author
Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883, Indian
Independence Activist, Reformer

Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
21 June 1905, French
Philosopher, Novelist

Timothy Francis LearyTimothy Francis Leary
22 October 1920, American
American psychologist
Anthony BluntAnthony Blunt
26 September 1907, British
Art Historian, University Teacher

Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman
31 July 1912, American
Economist, Statistician
Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
09 January 1908, French
Writer

Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt
14 October 1906, German
Philosopher

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11 December 1918, Russian
Novelist, Philosopher, Historian, Short story
Amartya SenAmartya Sen
03 November 1933, Indian
Economist & Philosopher

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Gerald DurrellGerald Durrell
07 January 1925, British
Naturalist, Conservationist
Ann DunhamAnn Dunham
29 November 1942, American
Barack Obama's Mother

Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864, German
Sociologist

Nassim Nicholas TalebNassim Nicholas Taleb
1960 AD, Lebanese, British, American
Essayist

Terence McKennaTerence McKenna
16 November 1946, American
Philosopher, Psychonaut, Ethnobotanist, Author
Viktor FranklViktor Frankl
26 March 1905, Austrian
Psychiatrist
Cornel WestCornel West
02 June 1953, American
Philosopher

Desmond TutuDesmond Tutu
07 October 1931, South African
Anti-Apartheid Activist

David KahnemanDaniel Kahneman
05 March 1934, Israeli, American
American-Israeli psychologist

B. F. SkinnerB. F. Skinner
20 March 1904, American
American psychologist
Jacques DerridaJacques Derrida
15 July 1930, Algerian, French
Philosopher

Antonio GramsciAntonio Gramsci
22 January 1891, Italian
Politician, Philosopher

Judith ButlerJudith Butler
24 February 1956, American
Philosopher

Kurt GödelKurt Gödel
28 April 1906, American
Mathematician, Philosopher

Raghuram RajanRaghuram Rajan
03 February 1963, Indian
Adviser
António de Oliveira SalazarAntónio de Oliveira Salazar
28 April 1889, Portuguese
Former Acting President of Portugal

Alan GreenspanAlan Greenspan
06 March 1926, American
American economist
John DeweyJohn Dewey
20 October 1859, American
Philosopher

Enoch PowellEnoch Powell
16 June 1912, British
 

Karl PopperKarl Popper
28 July 1902, British
Philosopher
Steven PinkerSteven Pinker
18 September 1954, Canadian, American
Psychologist, Linguists

David IrvingDavid Irving
24 March 1938, British
Writer
William Moulton MarstonWilliam Moulton Marston
09 May 1893, American
Psychologist

Mario Vargas LlosaMario Vargas Llosa
28 March 1936, Peruvian
Writer

Abraham MaslowAbraham Maslow
01 April 1908, American
 

Samantha PowerSamantha Power
21 September 1970, American
Writer

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
05 January 1932, Italian
Italian Semiotician, Philosopher
Steve BackshallSteve Backshall
21 April 1973, British
Naturalist

 Peter KropotkinPeter Kropotkin
09 December 1842, Russian
Philosopher & Activist

Ben BernankeBen Bernanke
13 December 1953, American
Economist

Jacques LacanJacques Lacan
13 April 1901, French
Psychoanalyst, Psychiatrist
Camille PagliaCamille Paglia
02 April 1947, American
Cultural critic

Ramana MaharshiRamana Maharshi
30 December 1879, Indian
Philosopher
Herbert MarcuseHerbert Marcuse
18 July 1898, German, American
Philosopher

John CageJohn Cage
05 September 1912, American
Composer, Writer

Alice RobertsAlice Roberts
19 May 1973, British
Anthropologist
Albert SchweitzerAlbert Schweitzer
14 January 1875, French
Philosopher, Theologian

Julius EvolaJulius Evola
19 May 1898, Italian
Philosopher
Howard CarterHoward Carter
09 May 1874, British
Archaeologist

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928, Polish, American
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

John RawlsJohn Rawls
21 February 1921, American
American Philosopher
Richard ProennekeRichard Proenneke
04 May 1916, American
Naturalist

Peter SingerPeter Singer
06 July 1946, Australian
Philosopher
Ahmed Raza Khan BarelviAhmed Raza Khan Barelvi
14 June 1856, Indian
Islamic Scholar, Reformer

Marshall McLuhanMarshall McLuhan
21 July 1911, Canadian
Philosopher

Margaret MeadMargaret Mead
16 December 1901, American
Cultural Anthropologist

Carlos CastanedaCarlos Castaneda
25 December 1925, American
Author
Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
30 April 1916, American
Mathematician, Cryptographer
Abhijit BanerjeeAbhijit Banerjee
21 February 1961, Indian, American
Economist

Peter DruckerPeter Drucker
19 November 1909, American
Management Consultant

Carl RogersCarl Rogers
08 January 1902, American
Psychologist

Erik EriksonErik Erikson
15 June 1902, Canadian, German, American
American-German psychologist
Simone WeilSimone Weil
03 February 1909, French
Philosopher, mystic and social activist

David SuzukiDavid Suzuki
24 March 1936, Canadian
Academic, Enviromental Activist

Carlos Salinas de GortariCarlos Salinas de Gortari
03 April 1948, Mexican
President

Paulo FreirePaulo Freire
19 September 1921, Brazilian
Educator and Philosopher

Muhammad YunusMuhammad Yunus
28 June 1940, Bangladeshi
 
Benjamin GrahamBenjamin Graham
09 May 1894, American
Economist, Investor

Ferdinand de SaussureFerdinand de Saussure
26 November 1857, Swiss
Linguist
Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
11 September 1903, German
Philosopher

Roland BarthesRoland Barthes
12 November 1915, French
French Literary Theorist & Philosopher
Edmund HusserlEdmund Husserl
08 April 1859, Austrian, German
Philosopher
Daniel DennettDaniel Dennett
28 March 1942, American