Check out the list of famous people who are/were atheists. The list includes people from all walks of life and from all over the world.

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.
Stanley KubrickStanley Kubrick
(Film Director)

26 July 1928

07 March 1999

Manhattan

American

Leo

Brad PittBrad Pitt
(Actor)

18 December 1963

Shawnee

American

Sagittarius

Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
(Linguist)

07 December 1928

East Oak Lane

American

Sagittarius

James CameronJames Cameron
(Filmmaker)

16 August 1954

Kapuskasing

Canadian

Leo

Jawaharlal NehruJawaharlal Nehru
(First PM of India & Freedom Fighter)

14 November 1889

27 May 1964

Allahabad

Indian

Scorpio

Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak
(Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.))

11 August 1950

San Jose, California, U.S.

American

Leo

Daniel RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe

23 July 1989

Fulham

British

Cancer

Mao ZedongMao Zedong
(Communist Leader of China)

26 December 1893

09 September 1976

Shaoshan

Chinese

Capricorn

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
(Philosopher and Philologist)

15 October 1844

25 August 1900

Röcken-bei-Lützen, Kingdom of Prussia

German

Libra

Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens
(Author)

13 April 1949

15 December 2011

Portsmouth

British,American

Aries

Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
(Television Producer & Film-maker)

26 October 1973

Kent

American

Scorpio

Jesse VenturaJesse Ventura

15 July 1951

Minneapolis, Minnesota

American

Cancer

Woody AllenWoody Allen

01 December 1935

The Bronx, New York City

American

Sagittarius

Jack BlackJack Black
(Actor)

28 August 1969

Santa Monica

American

Virgo

Jodie FosterJodie Foster
(Actress & Director)

19 November 1962

Los Angeles

American

Scorpio

H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft
(Writer)

20 August 1890

15 March 1937

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

American

Leo

Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins
(Evolutionary Biologist)

26 March 1941

Nairobi

British

Aries

Ayn RandAyn Rand
(Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, Developer of a philosophical system named by her as Objectivism)

02 February 1905

06 March 1982

Saint Petersburg

American,Russian

Aquarius

Javier BardemJavier Bardem
(Actor)

01 March 1969

Las Palmas

Spanish

Pisces

Richard FeynmanRichard Feynman
(Physicist)

11 May 1918

15 February 1988

Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States

American

Taurus

Bill MaherBill Maher

20 January 1956

New York City

American

Capricorn

Stephen FryStephen Fry
(Comedian, Actor)

24 August 1957

Hampstead, London, England, UK

British

Virgo

Gene WilderGene Wilder

11 June 1933

Milwaukee

American

Gemini

Francis BaconFrancis Bacon
(Philosopher)

22 January 1561

09 April 1626

Strand, London, England

British

Aquarius

Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson

15 April 1959

Paddington

British

Aries

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
(Philosopher)

18 May 1872

02 February 1970

Trellech, Monmouthshire, UK

British,Welsh

Taurus

Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
(Philosopher)

21 June 1905

15 April 1980

Paris

French

Gemini

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut

11 November 1922

11 April 2007

Indianapolis, Indiana,, United States

American

Scorpio

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon
(Screenwriter, Director & Producer)

23 June 1964

New York City

American

Cancer

Marcel DuchampMarcel Duchamp
(Artist)

28 July 1887

02 October 1968

Blainville-Crevon

French,American

Leo

Linus TorvaldsLinus Torvalds
(Software Engineer)

28 December 1969

Helsinki

Finnish,American

Capricorn

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
(Birth Control Activist)

14 September 1879

06 September 1966

Corning, New York, United States

American

Virgo

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
(Painter, Sculptor)

31 December 1869

03 November 1954

Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Nord

French

Capricorn

George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw
(Playwright)

26 July 1856

02 November 1950

Dublin

Irish

Leo

Brian EnoBrian Eno

15 May 1948

Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, UK

British

Taurus

Henry RollinsHenry Rollins
(Musician, Actor, Writer, Radio Host)

13 February 1961

Washington, D.C., U.S

American

Aquarius

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson
(Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer)

06 January 1960

London, United Kingdom

British

Capricorn

Amartya SenAmartya Sen
(Economist & Philosopher)

03 November 1933

Santiniketan

Indian

Scorpio

Diego RiveraDiego Rivera
(Painter, Muralist)

08 December 1886

24 November 1957

Guanajuato, Mexico

Mexican

Sagittarius

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
(Novelist, Poet)

13 November 1850

03 December 1894

Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish

Scorpio

Patton OswaltPatton Oswalt

27 January 1969

Portsmouth, Virginia

American

Aquarius

David CrossDavid Cross

04 April 1964

Atlanta, Georgia, U.S

American

Aries

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
(Actress & Singer)

27 December 1901

06 May 1992

Schöneberg

German,American

Capricorn

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
(Erotic Novelist)

02 June 1740

02 December 1814

Paris

French

Gemini

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
(Philosopher)

22 February 1788

21 September 1860

Gdańsk

German

Pisces

Ayaan Hirsi AliAyaan Hirsi Ali
(Writer, Politician, Activist, Feminist)

13 November 1969

Mogadishu

American

Scorpio

Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov

26 September 1849

27 February 1936

Ryazan, Russia

Russian

Libra

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
(Writer)

09 January 1908

14 April 1986

Paris

French

Capricorn

Johannes BrahmsJohannes Brahms
(Composer and pianist)

07 May 1833

03 April 1897

Hamburg

German

Taurus

Matt StoneMatt Stone
(Actor, Animator, Producer, Director, Songwriter)

26 May 1971

Houston

American

Gemini

Janeane GarofaloJaneane Garofalo
(American actress)

28 September 1964

Newton, New Jersey, United States

American

Libra

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams
(Writer)

11 March 1952

11 May 2001

Cambridge

British,American

Pisces

Peter SingerPeter Singer
(Philosopher)

06 July 1946

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australian

Cancer

Linus PaulingLinus Pauling
(Chemist, Biochemist)

28 February 1901

19 August 1994

Portland

American

Pisces

John RawlsJohn Rawls
(American Philosopher)

21 February 1921

24 November 2002

Baltimore

American

Pisces

Kathy GriffinKathy Griffin
(American comedian)

04 November 1960

Oak Park, Illinois, U.S

American

Scorpio

Stieg LarssonStieg Larsson
(Swedish Journalist & Writer)

15 August 1954

09 November 2004

Skelleftehamn, Sweden

Leo

Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman
(Writer)

27 June 1869

14 May 1940

Kaunas

American

Cancer

Henri Cartier-BressonHenri Cartier-Bresson
(Photographer and Painter)

22 August 1908

03 August 2004

Chanteloup-en-Brie, France

French

Leo

Geddy LeeGeddy Lee

29 July 1953

Toronto

Canadian

Leo

Camille PagliaCamille Paglia
(Cultural critic)

02 April 1947

Endicott

American

Aries

Daniel DennettDaniel Dennett

28 March 1942

Boston, Massachusetts

American

Aries

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
(Writer)

16 June 1938

Lockport, New York, U.S.

American

Gemini

Subrahmanyan ChandrasekharSubrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

19 October 1910

21 August 1995

Lahore, British India

Indian

Libra

Robert AltmanRobert Altman
(Film Director)

20 February 1925

20 November 2006

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

American

Pisces

Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
(Music composer, teacher and editor)

18 March 1844

21 June 1908

Tikhvin

Soviet Russian,Russian

Pisces

David SuzukiDavid Suzuki

24 March 1936

Vancouver

Canadian

Aries

José SaramagoJosé Saramago
(Writer)

16 November 1922

18 June 2010

Azinhaga

Portuguese

Scorpio

James CallaghanJames Callaghan

27 March 1912

26 March 2005

Portsmouth

British

Aries

George SantayanaGeorge Santayana
(Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, & Novelist)

16 December 1863

26 September 1952

Madrid

Spanish,American

Sagittarius

Tom WolfeTom Wolfe

02 March 1931

Richmond, Virginia, USA

American

Pisces

H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken

12 September 1880

29 January 1956

Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

American

Virgo

Baba AmteBaba Amte

26 December 1914

09 February 2008

Wardha, Maharashtra

Indian

Capricorn

Alan DaviesAlan Davies
(Comedian)

06 March 1966

Loughton

British

Pisces

Louis de BroglieLouis de Broglie
(Physicist)

15 August 1892

19 March 1987

Dieppe

French

Leo

Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
(Philosopher)

30 May 1814

01 July 1876

Russia

Soviet Russian,Russian

Gemini

Richard RodgersRichard Rodgers
(Composer, songwriter, playwright)

28 June 1902

30 December 1979

New York City

American

Cancer

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy

23 December 1955

Glasgow

British

Capricorn

Andre BretonAndre Breton
(Founder of Surrealism)

19 February 1896

28 September 1966

Tinchebray, Orne, France

French

Aquarius

Angela CarterAngela Carter

07 May 1940

16 February 1992

Eastbourne, England

British

Taurus

StendhalStendhal
(Writer)

23 January 1783

23 March 1842

Grenoble

French

Aquarius

Steven WeinbergSteven Weinberg

03 May 1933

New York City, USA

American

Taurus

A. Phillip RandolphA. Philip Randolph
(Leader of the African-American civil-rights movement,)

15 April 1889

16 May 1979

Crescent City

American

Aries

Frank WhittleFrank Whittle
(Inventor of Turbojet Engine)

01 June 1907

09 August 1996

Earlsdon

British

Gemini

Allan PinkertonAllan Pinkerton
(American Detective)

25 August 1819

01 July 1884

Glasgow, Scotland

American,Scottish

Virgo

Meghnad SahaMeghnad Saha
(Physicist)

06 October 1893

16 February 1956

Shaoratoli, Dhaka, Bangladesh, British India

Indian

Libra

BjorkBjork
(Icelandic singer-songwriter)

21 November 1965

Reykjavik

Icelander

Scorpio

A. E. HousmanA. E. Housman
(Poet)

26 March 1859

30 April 1936

Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

British

Aries

Barbara EhrenreichBarbara Ehrenreich
(Writer & Activist)

26 August 1941

Butte

American

Virgo

Frederick DeliusFrederick Delius
(Composer)

29 January 1862

10 June 1934

Bradford

British

Aquarius

George GamowGeorge Gamow
(Physicist)

04 March 1904

19 August 1968

Odessa

Russian

Pisces

Robert SmithRobert Smith
(Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist)

21 April 1959

Blackpool

British,American

Taurus

Ingrid NewkirkIngrid Newkirk
(President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

11 June 1949

United Kingdom

British,American

Gemini

Ferruccio BusoniFerruccio Busoni
(Composer)

01 April 1866

01 January 1970

Empoli

German,Italian

Aries

Wilhelm OstwaldWilhelm Ostwald
(Chemist)

02 September 1853

04 April 1932

Riga

German

Virgo

Cyril ConnollyCyril Connolly
(Literary Critic & Writer)

10 September 1903

26 November 1974

Warwickshire, United Kingdom

British

Virgo

Michael TippettMichael Tippett
(Composer)

02 January 1905

08 January 1998

London

British

Capricorn

Mark ThomasMark Thomas
(Comedian)

11 April 1963

South London

British

Aries

Igor Yevgenyevich TammIgor Tamm
(Physicist)

08 July 1895

12 April 1971

Vladivostok, Russian Empire

Soviet Russian

Cancer

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