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.
Brad PittBrad Pitt
(Actor)

18 December 1963

American

Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson

15 April 1959

British

James CameronJames Cameron
(Filmmaker)

16 August 1954

Canadian

Woody AllenWoody Allen
(American bass guitarist)

01 December 1935

American

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

14 November 1889

Indian

Daniel RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe

23 July 1989

British

Mao ZedongMao Zedong
(Communist Leader of China)

26 December 1893

Chinese

Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
(Television Producer & Film-maker)

26 October 1973

American

Paul BettanyPaul Bettany
(Actor)

27 May 1971

British

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
(Birth Control Activist)

14 September 1879

American

Jodie FosterJodie Foster
(Actress & Director)

19 November 1962

American

Stanley KubrickStanley Kubrick
(Film Director)

26 July 1928

American

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Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
(Philosopher and Philologist)

15 October 1844

German

Jack BlackJack Black
(Actor)

28 August 1969

American

Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
(Linguist)

07 December 1928

American

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

20 August 1890

American

Javier BardemJavier Bardem
(Actor)

01 March 1969

Spanish

Richard FeynmanRichard Feynman
(Physicist)

11 May 1918

American

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Stephen FryStephen Fry
(Comedian, Actor)

24 August 1957

British

Patton OswaltPatton Oswalt

27 January 1969

American

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

02 February 1905

American,Russian

Gene WilderGene Wilder

11 June 1933

American

Louis TherouxLouis Theroux
(Documentary Filmmaker)

20 May 1970

British,American

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon
(Screenwriter, Director & Producer)

23 June 1964

American

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

11 August 1950

American

Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens
(Author)

13 April 1949

British,American

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

13 February 1961

American

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
(American writer)

11 November 1922

American

Brian EnoBrian Eno

15 May 1948

British

Bill MaherBill Maher
(Talk Show Host)

20 January 1956

American

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David CrossDavid Cross

04 April 1964

American

Tony ParkerTony Parker
(Basketball Player)

17 May 1982

Belgian,French

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
(Philosopher)

18 May 1872

British,Welsh

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

06 January 1960

British

Jesse VenturaJesse Ventura

15 July 1951

American

Francis BaconFrancis Bacon
(Philosopher)

22 January 1561

British

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Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
(Philosopher)

21 June 1905

French

Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins
(Evolutionary Biologist)

26 March 1941

British

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
(Actress & Singer)

27 December 1901

German,French

George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw
(Playwright)

26 July 1856

Irish

Diego RiveraDiego Rivera
(Painter, Muralist)

08 December 1886

Mexican

Amartya SenAmartya Sen
(Economist & Philosopher)

03 November 1933

Indian

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Janeane GarofaloJaneane Garofalo
(American actress)

28 September 1964

American

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
(Novelist, Poet)

13 November 1850

Scottish

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
(Painter, Sculptor)

31 December 1869

French

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
(Erotic Novelist)

02 June 1740

French

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
(Writer)

09 January 1908

French

Kathy GriffinKathy Griffin
(American comedian)

04 November 1960

American

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Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
(Philosopher)

22 February 1788

German

Linus TorvaldsLinus Torvalds
(Software Engineer)

28 December 1969

Finnish,American

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams
(Writer)

11 March 1952

British,American

Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman
(Writer)

27 June 1869

American

Johannes BrahmsJohannes Brahms
(Composer and pianist)

07 May 1833

German

James CallaghanJames Callaghan

27 March 1912

British

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

26 May 1971

American

Marcel DuchampMarcel Duchamp
(Artist)

28 July 1887

French,American

Geddy LeeGeddy Lee

29 July 1953

Canadian

Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov

26 September 1849

Russian

Camille PagliaCamille Paglia
(Cultural critic)

02 April 1947

American

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

13 November 1969

American

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Linus PaulingLinus Pauling
(Chemist, Biochemist)

28 February 1901

American

Stieg LarssonStieg Larsson
(Swedish Journalist & Writer)

15 August 1954

Swedish

Subrahmanyan ChandrasekharSubrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

19 October 1910

Indian

John RawlsJohn Rawls
(American Philosopher)

21 February 1921

American

Robert AltmanRobert Altman
(Film Director)

20 February 1925

American

Peter SingerPeter Singer
(Philosopher)

06 July 1946

Australian

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Tom WolfeTom Wolfe
(American author)

02 March 1931

American

Alan DaviesAlan Davies
(Comedian)

06 March 1966

British

Louis de BroglieLouis de Broglie
(Physicist)

15 August 1892

French

H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken

12 September 1880

American

Daniel DennettDaniel Dennett

28 March 1942

American

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy

23 December 1955

British

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Richard RodgersRichard Rodgers
(Composer, songwriter, playwright)

28 June 1902

American

Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
(Philosopher)

30 May 1814

Swiss,Russian

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
(Writer)

16 June 1938

American

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

18 March 1844

Russian

David SuzukiDavid Suzuki
(Academic, Enviromental Activist)

24 March 1936

Canadian

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

16 December 1863

Spanish,Italian

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Allan PinkertonAllan Pinkerton
(American Detective)

25 August 1819

British,American,Scottish

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

15 April 1889

American

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

22 August 1908

French