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
18 December 1963, American
Actor
Daniel RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe
23 July 1989, British
Actor

Mao ZedongMao Zedong
26 December 1893, Chinese
Communist Leader of China

Jodie FosterJodie Foster
19 November 1962, American
Actress & Director

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist

Gene WilderGene Wilder
11 June 1933, American
 
Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
07 December 1928, American
Linguist

Patton OswaltPatton Oswalt
27 January 1969, American
 

Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
26 October 1973, American
Actor
Jack BlackJack Black
28 August 1969, American
Actor

James CameronJames Cameron
16 August 1954, Canadian
Filmmaker
Stanley KubrickStanley Kubrick
26 July 1928, British, American
Film Director

Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson
15 April 1959, British
Actress

Paul BettanyPaul Bettany
27 May 1971, British
Actor

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
15 October 1844, German
Philosopher

Jawaharlal NehruJawaharlal Nehru
14 November 1889, Indian
First PM of India & Freedom Fighter
H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft
20 August 1890, American
Writer

Javier BardemJavier Bardem
01 March 1969, Spanish
Actor

Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak
11 August 1950, American
Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905, American, Russian
Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, Developer of a
Jesse VenturaJesse Ventura
15 July 1951, American
 

Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957, British
Comedian, Actor
Louis TherouxLouis Theroux
20 May 1970, British, American
Documentary Filmmaker

Richard FeynmanRichard Feynman
11 May 1918, American
Physicist

Bill MaherBill Maher
20 January 1956, American
Talk Show Host
Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens
13 April 1949, British, American
Author

Francis BaconFrancis Bacon
22 January 1561, British
Philosopher
Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901, German, French
Actress & Singer

George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw
26 July 1856, Irish
Playwright

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon
23 June 1964, American
Screenwriter, Director & Producer
Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
18 May 1872, British, Welsh
Philosopher

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Henry RollinsHenry Rollins
13 February 1961, American
Musician, Actor, Writer, Radio Host
Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
11 November 1922, American
American writer

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

Brian EnoBrian Eno
15 May 1948, British
 

Tony ParkerTony Parker
17 May 1982, Belgian, French
Basketball Player
Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins
26 March 1941, British
Evolutionary Biologist
David CrossDavid Cross
04 April 1964, American
 

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson
06 January 1960, British
Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
14 September 1879, American
Educator

Janeane GarofaloJaneane Garofalo
28 September 1964, American
American actress
Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740, French
Erotic Novelist

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
31 December 1869, French
Painter, Sculptor

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
13 November 1850, Scottish
Novelist, Poet

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
09 January 1908, French
Writer

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
22 February 1788, German
Philosopher
James CallaghanJames Callaghan
27 March 1912, British
 

Linus TorvaldsLinus Torvalds
28 December 1969, Finnish, American
Software Engineer
Amartya SenAmartya Sen
03 November 1933, Indian
Economist & Philosopher

Kathy GriffinKathy Griffin
04 November 1960, American
American comedian

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams
11 March 1952, British, American
Writer
Diego RiveraDiego Rivera
08 December 1886, Mexican
Painter, Muralist

Matt StoneMatt Stone
26 May 1971, American
Actor, Animator, Producer, Director, Songwriter
Johannes BrahmsJohannes Brahms
07 May 1833, German
Composer and pianist

Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman
27 June 1869, American
Writer

Robert AltmanRobert Altman
20 February 1925, American
Film Director

Geddy LeeGeddy Lee
29 July 1953, Canadian
 

Marcel DuchampMarcel Duchamp
28 July 1887, French, American
Artist
Ayaan Hirsi AliAyaan Hirsi Ali
13 November 1969, American
Writer, Politician, Activist, Feminist

Tom WolfeTom Wolfe
02 March 1931, American
American author

Alan DaviesAlan Davies
06 March 1966, British
Comedian

Stieg LarssonStieg Larsson
15 August 1954, Swedish
Swedish Journalist & Writer
Linus PaulingLinus Pauling
28 February 1901, American
Chemist, Biochemist

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938, American
Writer
John RawlsJohn Rawls
21 February 1921, American
American Philosopher

Peter SingerPeter Singer
06 July 1946, Australian
Philosopher

Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
30 May 1814, Swiss, Russian
Philosopher
Richard RodgersRichard Rodgers
28 June 1902, American
Composer, songwriter, playwright

Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov
26 September 1849, Russian
 
George SantayanaGeorge Santayana
16 December 1863, Spanish, Italian
Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, & Novelist

H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken
12 September 1880, American
 

Camille PagliaCamille Paglia
02 April 1947, American
Cultural critic
Daniel DennettDaniel Dennett
28 March 1942, American
 

Nikolai RimskyNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
18 March 1844, Russian
Composer
Subrahmanyan ChandrasekharSubrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
19 October 1910, Indian
 

Allan PinkertonAllan Pinkerton
25 August 1819, British, American, Scottish
American Detective

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

José SaramagoJosé Saramago
16 November 1922, Portuguese
Writer
Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy
23 December 1955, British
 
Henri Cartier-BressonHenri Cartier-Bresson
22 August 1908, French
Photographer and Painter

A. Phillip RandolphA. Philip Randolph
15 April 1889, American
Leader of the African-American civil-rights

StendhalStendhal
23 January 1783, French
Writer

Angela CarterAngela Carter
07 May 1940, British
 
Louis de BroglieLouis de Broglie
15 August 1892, French
Physicist

Frank WhittleFrank Whittle
01 June 1907, British
Inventor of Turbojet Engine

Steven WeinbergSteven Weinberg
03 May 1933, American
 

Baba AmteBaba Amte
26 December 1914, Indian
 

A. E. HousmanA. E. Housman
26 March 1859, British
Poet
Barbara EhrenreichBarbara Ehrenreich
26 August 1941, American
Writer & Activist

Frederick DeliusFrederick Delius
29 January 1862, British
Composer
Ingrid NewkirkIngrid Newkirk
11 June 1949, British, American
President of People for the Ethical Treatment of

Meghnad SahaMeghnad Saha
06 October 1893, Indian
Physicist
George GamowGeorge Gamow
04 March 1904, Russian
Physicist
BjorkBjork
21 November 1965, Icelander
Icelandic singer-songwriter