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 Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 2 Mao Zedong

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

 3 Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kent, Connecticut, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 4 Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky.
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: December 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 5 Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 15, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Röcken, Lützen, Germany
Died: August 25, 1900
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 6 Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster.
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Famous As: Actress & Director
Birthdate: November 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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 7 Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: July 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: March 7, 1999
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 8 Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak.
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Famous As: Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)
Birthdate: August 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 9 James Cameron

James Cameron.
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: August 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kapuskasing, Canada
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 10 H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Editor
Birthdate: August 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: March 15, 1937
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 11 Jawaharlal Nehru

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

 12 Woody Allen

Woody Allen.
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Famous As: American bass guitarist
Birthdate: December 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 13 Bjork

Bjork.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Icelandic singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 14 Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 2, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: March 6, 1982
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 15 Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Municipality of Las Palmas, Spain
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 16 Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Prague, Austria-Hungary
Died: June 3, 1924

 17 Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 18 Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: May 11, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 15, 1988
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 19 Eddie Izzard

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

 20 Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: January 22, 1561
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Strand, London, England
Died: April 9, 1626

 21 Jack Black

Jack Black.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 22 Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins .
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Evolutionary Biologist
Birthdate: March 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 23 Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt.
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: January 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 24 Bertrand Russell

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

 25 Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American writer
Birthdate: November 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana,, United States
Died: April 11, 2007

 26 George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: July 26, 1856
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portobello, Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 2, 1950
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 27 Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder.
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Birthdate: June 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milwaukee
Died: August 29, 2016
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 28 Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux.
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Famous As: Filmmaker & Journalist
Birthdate: May 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 29 Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 30 Jack London

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

 31 Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich.
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Famous As: Actress & Singer
Birthdate: December 27, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Schöneberg
Died: May 6, 1992
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 32 Tony Parker

Tony Parker.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bruges
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 33 Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Poet
Birthdate: November 13, 1850
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: December 3, 1894

 34 Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre.
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Famous As: Philosopher, Novelist
Birthdate: June 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 15, 1980

 35 Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: February 22, 1788
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gdańsk
Died: September 21, 1860

 36 Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 14, 1986

 37 Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 38 Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer, pianist
Birthdate: May 7, 1833
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: April 3, 1897
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 39 Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cambridge
Died: May 11, 2001
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 40 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)

 41 David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film producer, Film editor
Birthdate: March 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 42 Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portsmouth
Died: December 15, 2011

 43 Linus Pauling

Linus Pauling.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Chemist, Biochemist
Birthdate: February 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: August 19, 1994

 44 Jim Jefferies

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

 45 Brian Eno

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

 46 Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins.
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Famous As: Musician, Actor, Writer, Radio Host
Birthdate: February 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 47 Ivan Pavlov

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

 48 Geddy Lee

Geddy Lee.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 49 David Cross

David Cross.
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Birthdate: April 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 50 Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 28, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Blainville-Crevon
Died: October 2, 1968