Famous Atheists

Being an atheist in a world obsessed with God and religions is surely something that sets one apart! To the layman, an atheist is simply someone who lacks belief in the existence of God or gods. But did you know that atheists are also often very rational, practical and have a scientific approach towards the happenings in the world? One such famous rational atheist is Stephen Hawking, the famed theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology. Ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins is another prominent scientist known for his atheism. While atheism is a serious issue for many, comedian Woody Allen often jokes about God and calls himself a “Jewish-Atheist!” Richard Branson, another well-known atheist states that a belief in God is not necessary to be a good human; it’s the humanitarian values that count. With more and more people choosing to denounce religion, atheism is surely gaining in prominence! Read on for more information about the life and works of famous atheists.

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 1 Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell
20
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: May 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trellech, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: February 2, 1970

 2 Jack London

Jack London
12
Famous As: Novelist & Journalist
Birthdate: January 12, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: November 22, 1916

 3 Brian Eno

Brian Eno
4
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician, Record producer
Birthdate: May 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melton, Suffolk, England
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 4 Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard
21
Famous As: Comedian, Voice actor, Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aden, Yemen
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 5 Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru
71
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First PM of India & Freedom Fighter
Birthdate: November 14, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Allahabad
Died: May 27, 1964

 6 Björn Ulvaeus

Björn Ulvaeus
11
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 7 Robert Smith

Robert Smith
8
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist
Birthdate: April 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Blackpool, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 8 Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong
48
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Communist Leader of China
Birthdate: December 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shaoshan, Xiangtan, China
Died: September 9, 1976

 9 Ivan Pavlov

Ivan Pavlov
4
Famous As: Physiologist
Birthdate: September 26, 1849
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia
Died: February 27, 1936

 10 Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies
3
Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: February 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 11 Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson
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Famous As: Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer
Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 12 Roger Waters

Roger Waters
15
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Screenwriter, Singer, Pianist, Record producer
Birthdate: September 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Surrey
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 13 Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe
3
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American author
Birthdate: March 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: March 14, 2018
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 14 Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett
1
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Humorist
Birthdate: April 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beaconsfield, England
Died: March 12, 2015

 15 Todd McFarlane

Todd McFarlane
0
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Comic book artist best known as the creator of the popular Spawn comics.
Birthdate: March 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 16 Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates
1
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lockport, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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 17 Nick Frost

Nick Frost
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hornchurch, Essex, England, UK
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 18 Jamie Hyneman

Jamie Hyneman
3
Famous As: Television presenter, Journalist, Linguist, Wrangler, Machinist
Birthdate: September 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marshall
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 19 Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson
2
Listed In: Photographers
Famous As: Photographer and Painter
Birthdate: August 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chanteloup-en-Brie, France
Died: August 3, 2004

 20 Kari Byron

Kari Byron
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Television presenter, Artist
Birthdate: December 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: California
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 21 Butterfly McQueen

Butterfly McQueen
1
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: December 22, 1995
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 22 Louis de Broglie

Louis de Broglie
1
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dieppe
Died: March 19, 1987

 23 Alan Davies

Alan Davies
2
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Loughton
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 24 Woody Allen

Woody Allen
46
Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: December 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 25 Montel Vontavious Porter

Montel Vontavious Porter
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: October 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 26 Clive James

Clive James
2
Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Literary critic
Birthdate: October 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kogarah, Australia
Died: November 24, 2019
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 27 Tim Heidecker

Tim Heidecker
4
Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: February 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 28 Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black
0
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 29 J. Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski
1
Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Novelist, Journalist, Writer, Playwright, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paterson
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 30 Russell T Davies

Russell T Davies
1
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Screenwriter, Television producer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: April 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Swansea
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)

 31 Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan
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Famous As: One and Only Indian Actor Bagging More Than 19 Filmfare Awards
Birthdate: November 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 32 Yael Stone

Yael Stone
2
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)

 33 Jerry Wexler

Jerry Wexler
1
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Record producer, Journalist, Composer
Birthdate: January 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 15, 2008

 34 Gaspar Noé

Gaspar Noé
1
Famous As: Director best known for his acclaimed but highly controversial 2002 film Irreversible
Birthdate: December 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 35 Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar
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Famous As: Screenwriter, poet, and lyricist known for his contributions to Indian music and Bollywood films
Birthdate: January 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 36 Georges Bataille

Georges Bataille
2
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Billom, France
Died: July 9, 1962

 37 Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg
1
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: January 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 38 Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich
1
Famous As: Writer & Activist
Birthdate: August 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Butte, Montana, United States

 39 Allan Pinkerton

Allan Pinkerton
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Founder of Pinkerton National Detective Agency
Birthdate: August 25, 1819
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: July 1, 1884

 40 Kerry King

Kerry King
2
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician
Birthdate: June 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 41 Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone
4
Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: December 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 42 Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell
0
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 43 Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Director & Producer
Birthdate: June 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 44 Frederick Delius

Frederick Delius
0
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 29, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bradford, England
Died: June 10, 1934

 45 Craig Venter

Craig Venter
0
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Biotechnologist known for leading the first draft sequence of the human genomeand assembled the first team to transfect a cell with a synthetic chromosome
Birthdate: October 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

 46 Iain Banks

Iain Banks
3
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dunfermline, Scotland
Died: June 9, 2013

 47 A. Philip Randolph

A. Philip Randolph
2
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Leader of the African-American civil-rights movement,
Birthdate: April 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crescent City
Died: May 16, 1979

 48 David Baddiel

David Baddiel
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Comedian, Novelist
Birthdate: May 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Troy, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 49 Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein
4
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 6, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 50 Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis
2
Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: October 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States