Famous People Born In 1847

Discover the most famous people born in 1847. The list includes people like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Jesse James, Bram Stoker, Paul von Hindenburg and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, soldiers, novelists and military leaders born in 1847. This list includes people from United States, England, France & Germany and many more countries.
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Thomas Edison
(Inventor of Phonograph, Motion Picture Camera and Early Version of the Electric Light Bulb)
Thomas Edison
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Birthdate: 11th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States
Died: October 18, 1931

Described as America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison’s legacy is an everlasting one. He was the first to help make the incandescent light bulb commercially viable, even though he was not the first inventor of it. Quadruplex telegraph, phonograph, motion picture camera and the alkaline storage battery are some the many innovations that made him a worldwide phenomenon and an icon.

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Alexander Graham Bell
(Inventor of Telephone & Co-Founder of 'American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T)')
Alexander Graham Bell
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Birthdate: 3rd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: August 2, 1922

Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, and engineer. He is credited with inventing the first functional telephone. He is also credited with co-founding America's major telephone company AT&T, which has been going strong since 1885. Bell's later life was marked by his groundbreaking work in aeronautics, hydrofoils, and optical telecommunications. He was also an ardent supporter of compulsory sterilization.

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Bram Stoker
(Irish Author Best Known for His Horror Novel ‘Dracula’)
Bram Stoker
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 8th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland
Died: April 20, 1912
Irish author Bram Stoker wrote the iconic Gothic novel Dracula, which has inspired scores of movies over the years. The Victorian-era author also served as the personal assistant of actor Sir Henry Irving and managed the Lyceum Theatre, which was owned by Irving. He had also written many short stories.
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Annie Besant
(British Social Reformer, Theosophist and Women's Rights Activist)
Annie Besant
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clapham Town, London, United Kingdom
Died: September 20, 1933

Annie Besant was a British theosophist, socialist, writer, orator, educationist, women's rights activist, and philanthropist. Despite being British, Besant supported India's freedom movement and even joined the Indian National Congress. She is also credited with co-founding Banaras Hindu University. Besant also helped launch the Indian Home Rule movement to campaign for democracy in the country.

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Paul von Hindenburg
(President of Germany (1925-1934))
Paul von Hindenburg
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 2nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Poznań, Poland
Died: August 2, 1934
Paul von Hindenburg served as the second president of the German Weimar Republic, from 1925 to 1934. In 1933, he appointed Adolf Hitler as the Chancellor of Germany, and also signed the Enabling Act, which gave Hitler total administrative powers. Following his death, Hitler declared himself the Führer.
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Joseph Pulitzer
(Journalist & Publisher)
Joseph Pulitzer
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Birthdate: 10th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Makó
Died: October 29, 1911

Joseph Pulitzer was a newspaper publisher who became a national figure in the Democratic Party after crusading against corruption and big business. Pulitzer is also credited with founding the Columbia School of Journalism. The world-renowned Pulitzer Prizes, which are awarded annually to reward excellence in various fields, are named in his honor.

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Maria Feodorovna
(Former Empress Consort of Russia)
Maria Feodorovna
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Birthdate: 26th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yellow Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: October 13, 1928

Maria Feodorovna was a Danish princess who married Emperor Alexander III and became Empress of Russia. She was the second daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel. She grew up to be a beautiful and charming woman. She was married to Alexander Alexandrovich, the son of Emperor Alexander II and his first wife Maria Alexandrovna. 

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Millicent Fawcett
(Feminist Politcian Who Led the Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain)
Millicent Fawcett
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 11th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aldeburgh, England
Died: August 5, 1929

A pioneering leader of the women’s suffrage movement in Britain, Millicent Fawcett also co-established the Newnham College, Cambridge, which was one of the first English women’s universities. She also served as the president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and investigated British concentration camps during the South African War.

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Kate Sheppard
(The Most Prominent Member of the Women's Suffrage Movement in New Zealand)
Kate Sheppard
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Birthdate: 10th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: July 13, 1934

Born in England and educated in Scotland, Kate Sheppard later moved with her family to New Zealand. A fiery feminist, she led the WCTU women’s suffrage campaign, making New Zealand the first country that granted its women the right to vote. She also encouraged women to participate in physical activities.

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James A. Bailey
(American Owner and Manager of Several 19th-Century Circuses)
James A. Bailey
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Listed In: Entertainers
Birthdate: 4th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: April 11, 1906

James A. Bailey was an American impresario and circus ringmaster. He is credited with co-founding one of the greatest circus companies of all time, Barnum and Bailey's Circus. A year after his death, his widow sold the circus to the Ringling brothers, resulting in the formation of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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Ellen Terry
(Actress)
Ellen Terry
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 27th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coventry, United Kingdom
Died: July 21, 1928
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Benjamin R. Tillman
(Politician)
Benjamin R. Tillman
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Birthdate: 11th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Trenton, South Carolina, United States
Died: July 3, 1918
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Anna Howard Shaw
(Leader of the women's suffrage movement in the United States.)
Anna Howard Shaw
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 14th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
Died: July 2, 1919
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Bolesław Prus
(Polish Novelist and One of the Leading Figures of the Positivist Period in Polish Literature)
Bolesław Prus
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 20th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hrubieszow, Poland
Died: May 19, 1912

Orphaned at age 9, Bolesław Prus had a tough childhood. He later participated in the January Insurrection and then became a successful journalist. A talented author of short stories, such as The Waistcoat, and novels, such as The Doll, he was part of the Polish positivist literary movement.

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Koos de la Rey
(Military officer)
Koos de la Rey
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 22nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Doornfontein, Winburg, South Africa
Died: September 15, 1914
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Camille Doncieux
(French Painter, Model and First Wife of Painter Claude Monet)
Camille Doncieux
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Listed In: Family Members
Birthdate: 15th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: September 5, 1879
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Sergey Nechayev
(Revolutionary)
Sergey Nechayev
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Listed In: Revolutionaries
Birthdate: 2nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ivanovo, Russia
Died: December 3, 1882
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John Chard
(Engineer, Military personnel)
John Chard
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Listed In: Soldiers
Birthdate: 21st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plymouth
Died: November 1, 1897

Royal Engineers army officer John Chard was one of the 11 men to receive the Victoria Cross for defeating a Zulu army of 4,000 warriors at the battle of Rorke's Drift, with a British army of 135. His handwritten account of the war was later auctioned off for £175,000.

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Georges Sorel
(Social Thinker, Political Theorist & Historian Known for His Advocacy of 'Sorelianism')
Georges Sorel
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Birthdate: 2nd November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cherbourg, France
Died: August 29, 1922

Georges Sorel was a French political theorist, social thinker, journalist, and historian. He is credited with inspiring Sorelianism, a support system for his ideologies. Georges Sorel is also credited with inspiring several socialists, Fascists, Marxists, and anarchists. In 1891, Georges Sorel was honored with the prestigious Légion d'honneur.

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Frank E. Butler
(American Marksman)
Frank E. Butler
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Listed In: Shooters
Birthdate: 30th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Longford, Ireland
Died: November 21, 1926
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John Forrest
(Australian Politician, Explorer and the First Premier of Western Australia)
John Forrest
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 22nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bunbury, Australia
Died: September 2, 1918

John Forrest was an Australian politician and explorer. He is best remembered for his service as the first premier of Western Australia from 1890 to 1901. He also served as the Treasurer of Australia on four occasions between 1905 and 1918. A prominent politician, John Forrest also served as the Minister for Defence from 1901 to 1903.

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Maria Pia of Savoy
(Consort)
Maria Pia of Savoy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 16th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Turin, Sardinia
Died: July 5, 1911

Maria Pia of Savoy was an Italian princess who became the Queen of Portugal after marrying King Luís I of Portugal in 1862. She was the third queen to represent the House of Savoy. Maria Pia is best remembered for her compassion and charitable works. She was often referred to as the mother of the poor and angel of charity.

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John R. Lynch
(American Writer, Attorney and Military Officer)
John R. Lynch
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vidalia, Louisiana, United States
Died: November 2, 1939
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Max Liebermann
(German Painter Who Is Known for His Naturalistic Studies of the Life and Labour of the Poor)
Max Liebermann
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 20th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 8, 1935

Although considered the foremost promoter of Impressionism in Germany, painter and printmaker Max Liebermann never fully detached himself from his subject matters.  Known for his works on the life and labor of the poor, including peasants, urban laborers, and orphans, portraying their plight through paintings like The Flax Spinners., he successfully maintained the narrative tradition of the German art.   

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Albert Pinkham Ryder
(Painter)
Albert Pinkham Ryder
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 19th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 28, 1917
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Catherine Dolgorukov
(Russian Aristocrat and the Daughter of Prince Michael Dolgorukov)
Catherine Dolgorukov
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Listed In: Family Members
Birthdate: 2nd November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Volhynian Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: February 15, 1922
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Vinnie Ream
(Sculptor)
Vinnie Ream
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Birthdate: 25th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: January 12, 1914
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Philipp, Prince of Eulenburg
(Diplomat)
Philipp, Prince of Eulenburg
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 12th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kaliningrad, Prussia
Died: September 17, 1921
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Frits Thaulow
(Painter)
Frits Thaulow
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 20th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oslo Christiania, Norway
Died: November 5, 1906

One of the earliest Skagen painters, Norwegian artist Frits Thaulow was a pioneering figure of Impressionist painting in Norway. Best remembered for his marine landscape painting, he later received the French Legion of Honor. Picquigny, Ambiance Du Soir, and Dordrecht remain some of his best-known works.

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Otto Wallach
(German Chemist Who was Awarded Nobel Prize for His Work on Alicyclic Compounds)
Otto Wallach
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 27th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Königsberg
Died: February 26, 1931

Otto Wallach was a German chemist best remembered for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1910. He won the award for his work on alicyclic compounds. Wallach is also remembered for developing the Wallach rearrangement, the Leuckart-Wallach reaction, Wallach degradation, and Wallach's rule. In 1912, Otto Wallach was honored with the prestigious Davy Medal.

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Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery
(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from March 1894 to June 1895)
Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery
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Birthdate: 7th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: May 21, 1929
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Charles Follen McKim
(Architect)
Charles Follen McKim
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Birthdate: 24th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 14, 1909

Nineteenth-century Beaux-Arts architect Charles Follen McKim was a major part of the Neoclassical revival. The Harvard alumnus became a master architect and specialized in making houses out of shingles. He co-founded the firm McKim, Mead & White, and his notable works include the Columbia University and the Boston Public Library.

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Radomir Putnik
(Serbia's First Field Marshal and Chief of the General Staff)
Radomir Putnik
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 24th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kragujevac, Serbia
Died: May 17, 1917

Serbian army commander Radomir Putnik was the country’s first Field Marshal and Chief of the General Staff. He led the Serbs in the Balkan Wars and World War I. One of his most significant wins was against the Austro-Hungarian army in the battles of Cer and Kolubara in 1914.

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William Terriss
(Actor)
William Terriss
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 20th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 16, 1897
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Julia A. Moore
(American poet)
Julia A. Moore
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 1st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plainfield charter Township, Michigan, United States
Died: June 5, 1920
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Jens Peter Jacobsen
(Danish Novelist, Poet, and Scientist)
Jens Peter Jacobsen
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 7th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thisted, Denmark
Died: April 30, 1885

Danish author Jens Peter Jacobsen is remembered for pioneering the Naturalist mode of writing in Danish literature. While he initially translated some of Charles Darwin’s works, he later penned novels such as Marie Grubbe: A Lady of the Seventeenth Century. He is also known for his poems, which were released posthumously.

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John Bates Clark
(Economist)
John Bates Clark
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Birthdate: 26th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: March 21, 1938
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Jacob Schiff
(German-born American Banker & Philanthropist Who Financed the Expansion of American Railroads)
Jacob Schiff
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Listed In: Bankers
Birthdate: 10th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: September 25, 1920

Jacob Schiff was a German-born American banker, philanthropist, and businessman. He is credited with financing the expansion of American railroads. Jacob Schiff also played an important role during the Russo-Japanese War where he helped finance the Japanese military efforts.  

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Nakae Chōmin
(Journalist)
Nakae Chōmin
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Birthdate: 8th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kōchi, Japan
Died: December 13, 1901
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Oscar Swahn
(Sport Shooter)
Oscar Swahn
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Listed In: Shooters
Birthdate: 20th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Götaland, Sweden
Died: May 1, 1927
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Kobayashi Kiyochika
(Japanese Artist Best Known for His Colour Woodblock Prints and Newspaper Illustrations)
Kobayashi Kiyochika
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edo, Japan
Died: November 28, 1915

Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock printer Kobayashi Kiyochika had also mastered oil painting and photography. He pioneered the kōsen-ga technique, which included Western traditions and a play of light and shade. Cat on the Canvas and Tokyo and Its Suburbs remain two of his best-known series of paintings.

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Mary Watson Whitney
(American Astronomer Who Built Vassar College’s Research Program in Astronomy Into One of the Nation’s Finest)
Mary Watson Whitney
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Listed In: Astronomers
Birthdate: 11th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 21, 1921

American astronomer Mary Watson Whitney served as a professor and director of the Vassar Observatory for over two decades. Her teaching and research work were related to comets, asteroids, double stars and variable stars and also on measurements by photographic plates. The Vassar Observatory published 102 scientific papers under her direction. She became the first president of Maria Mitchell Association.

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Alice Meynell
(British Poet and Essayist)
Alice Meynell
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 11th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barnes, London, England
Died: November 27, 1922

British writer and poet Alice Meynell was mostly raised in Italy. Her sonnet My Heart Shall Be Thy Garden impressed publisher Wilfrid Meynell, whom she later married. Remembered for works such as Preludes, she used simple words. She was also an ardent supporter of equal suffrage for women.

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Henry Demarest Lloyd
(Journalist)
Henry Demarest Lloyd
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Birthdate: 1st May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 28, 1903
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Sidney Sonnino
(Statesman)
Sidney Sonnino
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 11th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
Died: November 24, 1922
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Nikolai Zhukovsky
(Russian Scientist, Mathematician and Engineer)
Nikolai Zhukovsky
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Birthdate: 17th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Orekhovo, Moscow, Russia
Died: March 17, 1921
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Mary Anna Hallock Foote
(Author)
Mary Anna Hallock Foote
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Birthdate: 9th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milton, New York, United States
Died: June 25, 1938
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Pavel Yablochkov
(Electrical engineer)
Pavel Yablochkov
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Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ouïezd de Serdobsk, Russia
Died: March 31, 1894
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Sarah Frances Whiting
(American Physicist, Astronomer and First Director of the 'Whitin Observatory' at 'Wellesley College')
Sarah Frances Whiting
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 23rd August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wyoming, New York, United States
Died: September 12, 1927

Born to a teacher father, Sarah Frances Whiting created history by becoming the first physics professor of Wellesley College, an institute that revolutionized higher education for women, and also established America's second undergraduate and first women’s physics lab. She remains a pioneer of women’s education in science.

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Castro Alves
(Brazilian Poet and Playwright Famous for His Abolitionist and Republican Poems)
Castro Alves
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 14th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Castro Alves, State of Bahia, Brazil
Died: July 6, 1871

Known as The Poet of the Slaves because of his support for abolitionism, Castro Alves was one of the major figures of Brazilian literature. In spite of being trained as a lawyer, he became one of the icons of Brazilian romantic poetry and Condorism. He died of tuberculosis worsened by an amputated foot.