Famous People Born In 1858

Discover the most famous people born in 1858. The list includes people like Theodore Roosevelt, Emmeline Pankhurst, Emile Durkheim, Max Planck, Jagadish Chandra Bose and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, philosophers, physicists and sculptors born in 1858. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Theodore Roosevelt
(26th President of the United States (1901-1909))
Theodore Roosevelt
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 27th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: January 6, 1919

The 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt is generally ranked as one of the five best presidents of the country. A man of many talents, he was a politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer. He supported  Progressive Era policies in the early 20th century and championed his "Square Deal" domestic policies.

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Max Planck
(German Theoretical Physicist and Originator of 'Quantum Theory')
Max Planck
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 23rd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kiel, Germany
Died: October 4, 1947

German theoretical physicist Max Planck is remembered for originating the quantum theory of physics, which earned him the 1918 Nobel Prize in Physics. He laid down concepts such as the Planck constant and the Planck postulate. The Kaiser Wilhelm Society was later renamed Max Planck Society in his honor.

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Emmeline Pankhurst
(English Political Activist Who Organised the UK Suffragette Movement)
Emmeline Pankhurst
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Birthdate: 15th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moss Side, Manchester, United Kingdom
Died: June 14, 1928
Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist best remembered for helping women earn the right to vote in elections by organizing the UK suffragette movement. For playing a major role in achieving women's suffrage in the UK, Pankhurst was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century list in 1999.
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Giacomo Puccini
(Italian Composer Known for His Works ‘La Bohème’, ‘Tosca’ and ‘Madama Butterfly’)
Giacomo Puccini
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 22nd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
Died: November 29, 1924

Born into a musical dynasty, composer Giacomo Puccini lost his father at age 5. Some of his best opera pieces include Madama Butterfly and La Bohème. The suicide of his maid, who was wrongly accused by his wife of being in an affair with him, affected his later career adversely.

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Emile Durkheim
(French Sociologist Who Established the 'Academic Discipline of Sociology')
Emile Durkheim
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Listed In: Sociologists
Birthdate: 15th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Épinal, France
Died: November 15, 1917

Emile Durkheim was a French sociologist. He is credited with establishing the discipline of sociology for academic purposes and is widely regarded as the chief architect of modern social science. During his lifetime, Emile Durkheim published several works on topics like morality, religion, and education. He also played a major role in the development of sociology and anthropology as disciplines.

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Rudolf Diesel
(Inventor of Diesel Engine)
Rudolf Diesel
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Birthdate: 18th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 29, 1913

Rudolf Diesel was a German mechanical engineer and inventor best remembered for inventing the Diesel engine. After Diesel's demise, his engine became an important substitution for the steam piston engine. The engine became widespread in applications, such as agricultural machines, submarines, ships, and trucks. His life inspired the 1942 biographical film Diesel, in which he was played by Willy Birgel.

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Jagadish Chandra Bose
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 30th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bikrampur, Bengal Presidency, British India (Now Munshiganj District of Bangladesh)
Died: November 23, 1937

Indian physicist, biologist, and plant physiologist Jagadish Chandra Bose revolutionized science with his research on how plants and animals react to external stimuli. He founded the Bose Institute, made pioneering contribution to the field of radio and microwave optics, and also penned one of the first works of Bengali science fiction.

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Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria
(Heir Apparent of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, Who Died by a Suicide Pact With His Mistress)
Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 21st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Laxenburg castles, Austria
Died: January 30, 1889

Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria was heir apparent to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The only son of Elisabeth in Bavaria and Emperor Franz Joseph I, Rudolf died at the age of 30 at the Mayerling hunting lodge in an assumed suicide pact with his lover Mary Vetsera. The incident has inspired several works of art, such as cinema.

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John L. Sullivan
(Boxer recognized as the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing)
John L. Sullivan
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Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 2, 1918
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Andrew Bonar Law
(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1922-23))
Andrew Bonar Law
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 16th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rexton, Canada
Died: October 30, 1923
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Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein
(Queen)
Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein
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Birthdate: 22nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubsko, Poland
Died: April 11, 1921
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Selma Lagerlöf
(First Woman to Win the Nobel Prize in Literature)
Selma Lagerlöf
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 20th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mårbacka, Värmland, Sweden
Died: March 16, 1940

Selma Lagerlöf was a Swedish teacher and author. In 1909, Lagerlöf became the first woman to receive the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1914, she became the first woman to be elected as a member by the Swedish Academy. In 1991, Selma Lagerlöf was depicted on a Swedish banknote, becoming the first woman to enjoy this honor, albiet posthumously.

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Omar Mukhtar
(Ruler of Zawiyat Ayn Kalk)
Omar Mukhtar
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Listed In: Revolutionaries
Birthdate: 20th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zawiyat Zanzur, Libya
Died: September 16, 1931
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Archibald Gracie IV
(American Historian, Writer and Investor)
Archibald Gracie IV
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 15th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: December 4, 1912

Best known as the author of The Truth About The Titanic (currently Titanic: A Survivor's Story), Archibald Gracie IV was one of the few who survived the sinking of RMS Titanic. Beginning his career as colonel of the 7th New York Militia, he later became a real estate agent, concurrently carrying out researches on history, particularly the Battle of Chickamauga.

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Georg Simmel
(One of the First Generation of German Sociologists and Neo-Kantian Philosopher)
Georg Simmel
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Birthdate: 1st March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 26, 1918

Georg Simmel was a German sociologist, philosopher, and critic considered a forerunner to structuralist styles of reasoning in the social sciences. He was neo-Kantian in his approach and laid the foundations for sociological antipositivism. He broadly rejected academic standards and wrote extensively on the philosophy of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. He was married to philosopher Gertrud Kinel and had one son. 

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Franz Boas
(German–American Anthropologist and a Pioneer of Modern Anthropology)
Franz Boas
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Listed In: Anthropologists
Birthdate: 9th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minden, Germany
Died: December 21, 1942

Remembered for his research on cultural relativism, German-born American anthropologist Franz Boas is often referred to as the Father of American Anthropology. The son of a merchant, he was a sickly child who grew up reading a lot. He also studied folklore and developed it as an academic discipline.

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Anna Julia Cooper
(One of the Most Important African-American Scholars in US History)
Anna Julia Cooper
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 10th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Died: February 27, 1964

Anna Julia Cooper was an American author, sociologist, educator, Black liberation activist, and speaker. She was one of the most important African-American scholars in US history. In 1924, Anna Julia Cooper earned her PhD from the University of Paris, becoming only the fourth African-American woman to receive a doctoral degree.

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Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin
(Serbian Physicist Who Had Numerous Patents to His Name)
Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 9th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Serbia
Died: March 12, 1935

Physicist Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin developed what is now known as pupinization, a mechanism which extended the range of long-distance telephonic communication with the use of loading coils. Born to illiterate parents, he was a Serbian immigrant in the U.S. and later wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, From Immigrant to Inventor.

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Prince Henry of Battenberg
(Prince)
Prince Henry of Battenberg
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 5th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: January 20, 1896

Prince Henry of Battenberg was a morganatic descendant of the Grand Ducal House of Hesse. He was the son of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by the Rhine, and his wife, Countess Julia von Hauke. He married Queen Victoria's youngest child, Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, and became a member of the British Royal Family. 

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Eleonora Duse
(Actress)
Eleonora Duse
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 3rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vigevano, Italy
Died: April 21, 1924
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Dhondo Keshav Karve
(Social Reformer and Educator)
Dhondo Keshav Karve
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 18th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ratnagiri
Died: November 9, 1962

Dhondo Keshav Karve was an Indian social reformer who worked for women's welfare in India. A pioneer in supporting widows' education, Karve also promoted widow remarriage. He also walked the talk by marrying a widow. Karve is credited with founding SNDT Women's University, India's first women's university. In 1958, he was honored with India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.

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Katharine Drexel
(American Heiress, Philanthropist, Religious Sister, and Educator)
Katharine Drexel
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 26th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 3, 1955

Roman Catholic saint Katharine Drexel, the founder of Xavier University, was born to Philadelphia banker Francis Anthony Drexel and picked up he philanthropic habits from her father. In spite of inheriting a massive fortune, she devoted her life to building schools and churches for the racially underprivileged.

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Maria Christina of Austria
(Queen Consort of Spain (1879 – 1885))
Maria Christina of Austria
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Birthdate: 21st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia
Died: February 6, 1929

María Cristina De Habsburgo-Lorena is better known as the Spanish king Alfonso XII’s queen consort, who acted as the queen regent after her husband’s death and before her son came of age to rule on his own. Her regency was the longest in the history of Spanish royalty.

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Giuseppe Peano
(Italian Mathematician and Glottologist)
Giuseppe Peano
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 27th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cuneo, Italy
Died: April 20, 1932

Remembered as the founder of symbolic logic, Giuseppe Peano laid down the symbols of union and intersection of sets. He also worked on geometric calculus and taught at institutes such as the University of Turin. His works are written in a simplified version of Latin. He was knighted by Italy.

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Eugène Ysaÿe
(Belgian Virtuoso Violinist and Composer Regarded as 'The King of the Violin')
Eugène Ysaÿe
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 16th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liège, Belgium
Died: May 12, 1931

Eugène Ysaÿe was a Belgian virtuoso violinist, conductor, and composer. Referred to as The King of the Violin, Ysaÿe is best remembered for his finely honed technique which was without the shortcomings of violinists before Eugène Ysaÿe. He is also remembered for his great interpretations of Bach and Beethoven as well as early modern composers like César Franck.

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Beatrice Webb
(British Sociologist, Economist, Socialist, Labour Historian and Social Reformer)
Beatrice Webb
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 22nd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gloucestershire, England
Died: April 30, 1943

Sociologist Beatrice Webb is best remembered for coining the term collective bargaining. Along with her husband, Sidney Webb, whom she met at the Fabian Society, and others, Beatrice co-founded the London School of Economics. In spite of her lack of formal education, she was a prominent educator and an avid diarist.

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Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia
(Grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia, and a poet)
Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 22nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 15, 1915
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Alessandro Moreschi
(Singer, Opera singer)
Alessandro Moreschi
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Listed In: Opera Singers
Birthdate: 11th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Monte Compatri
Died: April 21, 1922
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Gerard Philips
(Entrepreneur)
Gerard Philips
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Birthdate: 9th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zaltbommel
Died: January 26, 1942
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Howard Atwood Kelly
(Surgeon, Writer, Gynaecologist, University teacher)
Howard Atwood Kelly
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 20th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Camden
Died: January 12, 1943

American obstetrician/gynaecologist and professor Howard Atwood Kelly was among the four outstanding physicians, known as the Big Four, along with William Welch, William Halsted and William Osler, who became founding professors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Kelly established gynaecology as a specialty, and developed a systematic approach to gynaecological medicine and surgery as well as new surgical techniques and devices.

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Gustaf V
(Former King of Sweden (1907 - 1950))
Gustaf V
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 16th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: October 29, 1950

Swedish king Gustaf V was the eldest son of King Oscar II. His motto was “With the people for the Fatherland.” Post-World War I, he became a mere constitutional monarch, as the parliamentary government came into full-fledged effect. He was also the first Swedish king to not have a formal coronation.

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George Washington Goethals
(Former 1st Governor of Panama Canal Zone (1914 - 1917))
George Washington Goethals
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 29th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 21, 1928

George Washington Goethals was an American civil engineer and US-Army General remembered for his role as an overseer of the construction of the Panama Canal. He also served as the first Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1914 to 1917. Goethals has been honored with several tributes, including the Society of American Military Engineers' establishment of the Goethals Medal.

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Elías García Martínez
(Painter)
Elías García Martínez
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 20th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Requena, Valencia, Spain
Died: August 1, 1934

Spanish painter Elías García Martínez was trained at an art academy in Barcelona and then served as a professor of ornamental and portrait painting throughout his life. One of his popular frescos in Borja, Ecce Homo, was destroyed by a woman because it needed to be restored, causing international uproar.

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Gaetano Mosca
(Former Member of Italian Chamber of Deputies for Palermo (1909 - 1919))
Gaetano Mosca
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Birthdate: 1st April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: November 8, 1941

Gaetano Mosca was an Italian journalist, political scientist, and public servant. He developed the elite theory and is credited with co-founding the Italian school of elitism along with Robert Michels and Vilfredo Pareto. As a political journalist, Gaetano Mosca contributed immensely to popular Italian publications like the Corriere della Sera and the Tribuna.

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Saitō Makoto
(Political leader)
Saitō Makoto
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 27th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Isawa District, Iwate, Japan
Died: February 26, 1936

Japanese naval officer Saitō Makoto had initially worked as a naval attaché in the U.S. He later served as the governor of Korea and the minister of the Japanese navy, eventually becoming the prime minister of Japan. He was assassinated by members of the February 26 rebellion in 1936.

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Charles de Foucauld
(French Soldier, Explorer, Catholic Priest and Hermit)
Charles de Foucauld
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 15th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: December 1, 1916

Charles de Foucauld was a cavalry officer in the French Army in the late 19th century. He later became an explorer and geographer, eventually adopting the life of a hermit and a Catholic priest. He was assassinated in 1916 and is listed as a martyr in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. 

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Prince Valdemar of Denmark
(Third son and youngest child of Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel)
Prince Valdemar of Denmark
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 27th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gentofte, Denmark
Died: January 14, 1939
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Christiaan Eijkman
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Listed In: Bacteriologists
Birthdate: 11th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nijkerk
Died: November 5, 1930

Nobel Prize-winning Dutch physician and pathologist Christiaan Eijkman was the first to prove that poor diet is the cause of the disease beriberi, which in turn led to the discovery of vitamins. While he initially worked in the Dutch East Indies, he later collaborated with Robert Koch in his Berlin laboratory.

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Henry Scott Tuke
(Painter)
Henry Scott Tuke
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 12th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: York
Died: March 13, 1929
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Joséphin Péladan
(Novelist)
Joséphin Péladan
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 28th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: June 27, 1918
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Julia Lathrop
(American Social Reformer and 1st Director of United States Children's Bureau)
Julia Lathrop
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 29th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States
Died: April 15, 1932

Born to a well-known lawyer, Julia Lathrop initially worked in her father’s law office and later turned into a full-fledged social reformer working on areas such as education and children’s welfare. She also created history by serving as the first director of the U.S. Children’s Bureau.

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Charles W. Chesnutt
(Author)
Charles W. Chesnutt
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 20th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: November 17, 1932
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Horace Smith-Dorrien
(Autobiographer, Military personnel)
Horace Smith-Dorrien
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 26th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berkhamsted
Died: August 12, 1930
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William Sims
(Admiral)
William Sims
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port Hope, Canada
Died: September 25, 1936
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Gustav Stickley
Gustav Stickley
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Birthdate: 9th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Osceola
Died: April 21, 1942

Furniture designer Gustav Stickley, best known for the Mission style of design, grew up on a farm and worked at his father’s stonemasonry. He was then apprenticed at his uncle’s Pennsylvania chair factory. He later launched the Craftsman Workshops and The Craftsman magazine and led the Arts and Crafts movement.

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Graham Wallas
(British Psychologist, Sociologists and Political Scientist)
Graham Wallas
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 31st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, England
Died: August 9, 1932

Political scientist and Fabian Society leader Graham Wallas is best known for his iconic work Human Nature in Politics. He contributed to the development of the London School of Economics and was one of its first professors. He also proposed one of the first models of the creative process.

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E. Nesbit
(Author)
E. Nesbit
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 15th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kennington, London, United Kingdom
Died: May 4, 1924
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Lovis Corinth
(German Artist)
Lovis Corinth
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Birthdate: 21st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gvardeysk, Russia
Died: July 17, 1925

Lovis Corinth was a German writer and artist whose work as a printmaker and painter realized a synthesis of expressionism and impressionism. An important member of the Berlin Secession group, Corinth went on to serve as the group's president as Max Liebermann's successor. Apart from creating landscapes and portraits of extraordinary vitality, Lovis Corinth also painted biblical scenes and nudes.

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Henry Watson Fowler
(Lexicographer)
Henry Watson Fowler
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 10th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tonbridge, England
Died: December 26, 1933
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Isaac Newton Lewis
(Officer)
Isaac Newton Lewis
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 12th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Salem Borough, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 9, 1931