Famous Atheists

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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
(Philosopher)
Bertrand Russell
23
Birthdate: May 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trellech, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: February 2, 1970
 2 
Eddie Izzard
(Comedian, Voice actor, Stage actor, Film actor)
Eddie Izzard
22
Birthdate: February 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aden, Yemen
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 3 
Jack London
(Novelist & Journalist)
Jack London
14
Birthdate: January 12, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: November 22, 1916
 4 
Brian Eno
(Musician, Record producer)
Brian Eno
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melton, Suffolk, England
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 5 
Jawaharlal Nehru
(First PM of India & Freedom Fighter)
Jawaharlal Nehru
76
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 14, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Allahabad
Died: May 27, 1964
 6 
Robert Smith
(Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist)
Robert Smith
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Blackpool, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 7 
Björn Ulvaeus
(Composer, Pop Singer and a Member of the Musical Group 'Abba')
Björn Ulvaeus
15
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 8 
Jeremy Bentham
(British Philosopher, Social Activist and One of the Founders of 'Modern Utilitarianism')
Jeremy Bentham
3
Birthdate: February 15, 1748
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 6, 1832
 9 
Mao Zedong
(Communist Leader of China)
Mao Zedong
66
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shaoshan, Xiangtan, China
Died: September 9, 1976
 10 
Ivan Pavlov
(Physiologist)
Ivan Pavlov
7
Birthdate: September 26, 1849
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia
Died: February 27, 1936
 11 
Nigella Lawson
(Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer)
Nigella Lawson
23
Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 12 
Tom Wolfe
(American author)
Tom Wolfe
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: March 14, 2018
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 13 
Roger Waters
(Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Screenwriter, Singer, Pianist, Record producer)
Roger Waters
16
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Surrey
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 14 
Jim Jefferies
(Known for His Comedy Central Show ‘The Jim Jefferies Show')
Jim Jefferies
7
Birthdate: February 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 15 
Terry Pratchett
(Humorist)
Terry Pratchett
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beaconsfield, England
Died: March 12, 2015
 16 
Alex Lifeson
(Guitarist and Backing Vocalist of the Progressive Rock Band 'Rush')
Alex Lifeson
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fernie, Canada
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 17 
Nick Frost
(Actor Known for His Work in the Film 'The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy')
Nick Frost
4
Birthdate: March 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hornchurch, London, England
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 18 
Todd McFarlane
(Comic book artist best known as the creator of the popular Spawn comics.)
Todd McFarlane
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 19 
Joyce Carol Oates
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lockport, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 20 
Till Lindemann
(Lead Vocalist and Lyricist of 'Neue Deutsche Härte' Band 'Rammstein')
Till Lindemann
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 21 
Jamie Hyneman
(Television presenter, Journalist, Linguist, Wrangler, Machinist)
Jamie Hyneman
5
Birthdate: September 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marshall
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 22 
Fran Lebowitz
(Writer Known for Her Sardonic Social Commentary on American Life and Her Defiant Grouchiness and Wit)
Fran Lebowitz
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States
 23 
Valentina Nappi
(Italian Pornographic Actress and Model)
Valentina Nappi
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scafati, Campania, Italy
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 24 
Kari Byron
(Television presenter, Artist)
Kari Byron
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: California
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 25 
Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Photographer and Painter)
Henri Cartier-Bresson
2
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: August 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chanteloup-en-Brie, France
Died: August 3, 2004
 26 
Richard Stallman
(Free Software Movement Activist and Programmer)
Richard Stallman
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: March 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 27 
Butterfly McQueen
3
Birthdate: January 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: December 22, 1995
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 28 
Alan Davies
(Comedian)
Alan Davies
2
Birthdate: March 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Loughton
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 29 
Louis de Broglie
(Physicist)
Louis de Broglie
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dieppe
Died: March 19, 1987
 30 
Iris Murdoch
(Irish & British Novelist Best Known for Her Novels: 'Under the Net', 'The Sea, the Sea' and 'The Bell')
Iris Murdoch
3
Birthdate: July 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 8, 1999
 31 
Montel Vontavious Porter
(Professional Wrestler)
Montel Vontavious Porter
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 32 
Tim Heidecker
(Comedians)
Tim Heidecker
4
Birthdate: February 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 33 
Wes Borland
(Guitarist for the Rap Metal Band ‘Limp Bizkit’ & Lead Vocalist of the Industrial Band ‘Black Light Burns’)
Wes Borland
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 34 
Clive James
(Writer, Journalist, Literary critic)
Clive James
2
Birthdate: October 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kogarah, Australia
Died: November 24, 2019
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 35 
Gaspar Noé
(Director best known for his acclaimed but highly controversial 2002 film Irreversible)
Gaspar Noé
1
Birthdate: December 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 36 
J. Michael Straczynski
(Screenwriter, Film producer, Novelist, Journalist, Writer, Playwright, Science fiction writer)
J. Michael Straczynski
2
Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paterson
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 37 
Dave Allen
(Comedian Best Known for His Observational Comedy)
Dave Allen
1
Birthdate: July 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: March 10, 2005
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 38 
Russell T Davies
(Screenwriter, Television producer, Science fiction writer)
Russell T Davies
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Swansea
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 39 
Javed Akhtar
(Screenwriter, poet, and lyricist known for his contributions to Indian music and Bollywood films)
Javed Akhtar
6
Birthdate: January 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 40 
Michael Ian Black
0
Birthdate: August 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 41 
Bernardo Bertolucci
(The First Italian filmmaker to Win the Academy Award for Best Director)
Bernardo Bertolucci
0
Birthdate: March 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Parma, Italy
Died: November 26, 2018
 42 
Kamal Haasan
(Actor, Director & Producer, Who Primarily Works in Tamil Cinema)
Kamal Haasan
23
Birthdate: November 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 43 
Jerry Wexler
(Record producer, Journalist, Composer)
Jerry Wexler
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 15, 2008
 44 
Georges Bataille
(French Philosopher and Intellectual)
Georges Bataille
2
Birthdate: September 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Billom, France
Died: July 9, 1962
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 45 
Dan Savage
(One of the World's Most Influential Sex Columnists)
Dan Savage
2
Birthdate: October 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 46 
Nick Clegg
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)
Nick Clegg
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 47 
Allan Pinkerton
(Founder of Pinkerton National Detective Agency)
Allan Pinkerton
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 25, 1819
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: July 1, 1884
 48 
Joss Whedon
(Screenwriter, Director & Producer)
Joss Whedon
20
Birthdate: June 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 49 
Harvey Fierstein
(Actor Best Known for His Work in the 'Torch Song Trilogy' and 'Hairspray')
Harvey Fierstein
5
Birthdate: June 6, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 50 
Jorge Ramos
(Best-Known Spanish-Language News Anchor in the United States of America)
Jorge Ramos
4
Birthdate: March 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico