Famous People Who Died In 1932

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1932. This list includes people like John Philip Sousa, Nadezhda Alliluyeva, George Eastman, Peg Entwistle, Ronald Ross and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, prime ministers and novelists who died in 1932. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Molly Brown
(American Socialite, Philanthropist and Actress Who Survived the Sinking of the Titanic)
Molly Brown
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 18, 1867
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hannibal, Missouri, United States
Died: October 26

Molly Brown was an American philanthropist and socialite. She is often referred to as the Unsinkable Molly Brown for surviving the 1912 sinking of Titanic and for unsuccessfully encouraging the crew members of Lifeboat No. 6 to look for survivors by returning to the debris field. Her life and work inspired the 1960 musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

 2 
John Philip Sousa
(Conductor, Composer)
John Philip Sousa
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 6, 1854
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: March 6
 3 
George Eastman
(Inventor of Roll Film)
George Eastman
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Birthdate: July 12, 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waterville
Died: March 14

George Eastman revolutionized the world of photography with his Eastman Kodak Company and the roll film, which also came to be used in movies. Initially a banker, he later devoted himself to his camera company. A dedicated philanthropist, too, he contributed financially to music, dentistry, and medicine.

 4 
Peg Entwistle
(Actress)
Peg Entwistle
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Birthdate: February 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port Talbot, Glamorgan, England
Died: September 16
 5 
Alberto Santos Dumont
(Brazilian aviator)
Alberto Santos Dumont
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Birthdate: July 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santos Dumont
Died: July 23
Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont was born to an affluent coffee plantation owner and studied engineering in France. He was the man behind the first public flight in a winged aircraft in Europe. Later, the use of planes in warfare made him so depressed that he committed suicide.
 6 
Manuel II of Portugal
(King of Portugal from 1908 to 1910)
Manuel II of Portugal
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Birthdate: November 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: July 2
Son of King Carlos I, Manuel II, was the last king of Portugal. While he came to power after his father’s assassination, he had to flee to England after the Portuguese monarchy was dissolved by a revolution. He later devoted himself to books and published Early Portuguese Books.
 7 
Edith Cowan
(Social Campaigner)
Edith Cowan
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geraldton, Australia
Died: June 9

Edith Cowan was an Australian social reformer best remembered for serving as a member of parliament; she was the first Australian woman to do so. She is also remembered for working for the welfare and rights of children and women. In recognition of her contribution, Cowan has been depicted on Australia's fifty-dollar note since 1995.

 8 
William Wrigley, Jr.
(Industrialist)
William Wrigley, Jr.
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 30, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 26
 9 
Sophia of Prussia
(Princess of Prussia and Former Queen consort of the Hellenes (1913 - 1917))
Sophia of Prussia
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Birthdate: June 14, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Palace, Potsdam, Germany
Died: January 13

The daughter of German emperor Frederick III, Princess Sophia of Prussia was also one of the granddaughters of Queen Victoria through her mother. She later became the queen consort of the Hellenes by her marriage to King Constantine I of Greece. Following the National Schism, she spent her life in exile.

 10 
Ronald Ross
(Medical doctor)
Ronald Ross
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 13, 1857
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Almora, India
Died: September 16

Nobel Prize-winning British doctor Ronald Ross is best remembered for his pathbreaking work on malaria, which proved that the disease was caused by the Anopheles variant of mosquitoes. After his extensive research in India, he went back to London, where he was knighted. He also wrote poetry and songs.

 11 
Bill Pickett
(Cowboy)
Bill Pickett
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Birthdate: December 5, 1870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Williamson County, Texas, United States
Died: April 2
 12 
Edgar Wallace
(Multi-genre writer who is most famous for King Kong and the J. G. Reeder detective series)
Edgar Wallace
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Birthdate: April 1, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Greenwich, Kent, England, united Kingdom
Died: February 10
 13 
Paul Bern
(American Film Director, Screenwriter, and Producer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Paul Bern
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Birthdate: December 3, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wandsbek, Germany
Died: September 5

Filmmaker and producer Paul Bern was the man behind the launch of American sex symbol Jean Harlow. He, unfortunately, died of a gunshot wound only 2 months after his marriage to Bern, which gave rise to numerous theories, one of them being suicide. The handwritten suicide not found was not conclusive.

 14 
Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
(Theatrical Producer)
Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 21, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 22
 15 
Florence Kelley
(American Social and Political Reformer and the Pioneer of the Term 'Wage Abolitionism')
Florence Kelley
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 12, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 17

Florence Kelley was an American political and social reformer who pioneered the term wage abolitionism. Kelley's work for the minimum wage, children's rights, and eight-hour workdays are widely acclaimed today. After serving as the National Consumers League’s first general secretary, Florence Kelley helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.    

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Gertrude Jekyll
(Horticulturist, Painter, Gardener, Non-fiction writer, Botanist, Architect)
Gertrude Jekyll
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: November 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: December 8

Landscape architect Gertrude Jekyll was born into an affluent family and grew up in a refined environment, learning music and traveling. Initially interested in painting, she gave it up to focus on gardening when she developed eyesight problems. She built around 400 gardens and also collaborated with Sir Edwin Lutyens.

 17 
Wilhelm Ostwald
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 2, 1853
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga
Died: April 4

Wilhelm Ostwald was a Baltic German philosopher and chemist who is credited with co-founding the field of physical chemistry. A polymath, Ostwald made significant contributions to philosophy, art, and politics, especially after his retirement from academic life. His contributions to the fields of reaction velocities, chemical equilibria, and catalysis earned him the 1909 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

 18 
Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov
(Biologist)
Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov
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Birthdate: August 1, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shchigry
Died: March 20
 19 
King Camp Gillette
(Businessman)
King Camp Gillette
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 5, 1855
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States
Died: July 9
 20 
Hart Crane
(Poet)
Hart Crane
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Garrettsville, Ohio, United States
Died: April 27
 21 
Albert Jacka
(Victoria Cross Winner)
Albert Jacka
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winchelsea
Died: January 17

Albert Jacka was the first Australian to be decorated with the Victoria Cross during the First World War. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a young man and fought in the Gallipoli Campaign during the First World War. He became a businessman after the conclusion of the war but never recovered fully from his wartime injuries.  

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Aristide Briand
(Prime Minister)
Aristide Briand
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 28, 1862
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nantes
Died: April 7

Nobel Peace Prize-winning French stateman Aristide Briand had been the prime minister of his country for 11 terms, apart from holding 26 ministerial posts throughout his career. He played major roles in the drafting of the Pact of Locarno and Kellogg-Briand Pact, and had founded journals such as l’Humanité.

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Dorabji Tata
(Key figure in the history and development of the Tata Group)
Dorabji Tata
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: June 3
 24 
Major Taylor
(One of the Greatest American Sprinters of All Time)
Major Taylor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 26, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: June 21

Major Taylor was a professional cyclist who set many world records between 1898 and 1899. In 1899, he became the first African American to win the sprint event at the world track championships and only the second black athlete to emerge victorious in a world championship irrespective of the sport.

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Reginald Aubrey Fessenden
(Canadian-born American Inventor)
Reginald Aubrey Fessenden
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Birthdate: October 6, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: East Bolton, Canada
Died: July 22
 26 
Julius Rosenwald
(Businessman)
Julius Rosenwald
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 12, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Died: January 6
 27 
Giuseppe Peano
(Italian Mathematician and Glottologist)
Giuseppe Peano
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 27, 1858
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cuneo, Italy
Died: April 20

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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Henry M. Leland
(American Machinist, Inventor, Automotive Entrepreneur and Founder of Automotive Brands ‘Cadillac’ and ‘Lincoln')
Henry M. Leland
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: February 16, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vermont, United States
Died: March 26

While initially working in the machine plants and firearms industries, Henry M. Leland gradually mastered the art of toolmaking and manufacturing. He later revolutionized the auto industry and was the man behind the car brands Cadillac and Lincoln. He introduced inventions such as the electric starter and the V-8 engine.

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Aḥmad Shawqī
(Arabic Poet Laureate, Playwright, and Writer)
Aḥmad Shawqī
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 17, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: October 14

Aḥmad Shawqī was an Arabic poet laureate who worked at the court of the Khedive. He also wrote plays and prose, including five tragedies. On 17 June 1977, Aḥmad Shawqī's Giza residence was converted into a museum. His work is celebrated even today at a cultural center called the El Sawy Culture Wheel.

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Frederick Augustus III of Saxony
(King)
Frederick Augustus III of Saxony
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 25, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: February 18
 31 
Frederick Jackson Turner
(American Historian During the Early 20th Century)
Frederick Jackson Turner
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Birthdate: November 14, 1861
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portage, Wisconsin, United States
Died: March 14

Frederick Jackson Turner was an American historian who was closely associated with the University of Wisconsin as well as Harvard University. Turner is credited with training and mentoring several PhDs who went on to become respected historians in their own right. Best remembered for his Frontier Thesis, Frederick Jackson Turner had a strong influence on historians, novelists, and filmmakers.

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Pritilata Waddedar
(Former Indian Revolutionary Nationalist Known for Pahartali European Club Attack (1932))
Pritilata Waddedar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dhalghat, Patiya, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Died: September 24
Pritilata Waddedar was a prominent Indian revolutionary leader who was an integral part of India’s freedom movement. She joined Surya Sen’s revolutionary group and led the 1932 armed raid on Chittagong’s Pahartali European Club. She died by consuming cyanide to avoid arrest. The Birkannya Pritilata Trust was later established in her honor.
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Mabel Loomis Todd
(Editor)
Mabel Loomis Todd
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Birthdate: November 10, 1856
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 14
 34 
William Williams Keen
(American Physician and the First Brain Surgeon in the United States)
William Williams Keen
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: January 19, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 7

William Williams Keen pioneered brain surgery in the U.S. Working on neurological injuries as an army surgeon, he discovered many previously unknown neurological ailments. He was also part of a secret operation on a yacht to remove a tumor from the upper jaw of U.S. president Grover Cleveland.

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Karl Fazer
(Finnish Confectioner and Businessman, Who Was Also a Sharp Shooter and an Olympian)
Karl Fazer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1866
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: October 9

Initially a businessman, who redefined the confectionery and chocolate industry of Finland and led to the development of the innovative chocolate brand Fazer Blue, Karl Fazer was also a talented sport shooter. He was part of the Finnish shooting team at the 1912 Olympic games. He also established several natural parks.

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Gustav Meyrink
(Austrian Novelist Famous for His Novel 'The Golem')
Gustav Meyrink
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 4

Austrian author, novelist, dramatist, translator, and banker, Gustav Meyer, who used the pseudonym Gustav Meyrink, is best-known for his novel The Golem. Gustav established his own bank but was eventually charged with fraud and jailed for two months. He depicted his jailhouse experiences in The Golem. A prolific translator, Gustav’s translation works include translating fifteen-volumes of Charles Dickens into German.

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Inukai Tsuyoshi
(Politician, Prime Minister)
Inukai Tsuyoshi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 4, 1855
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Okayama, Japan
Died: May 15
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Karl Blossfeldt
(German Photographer and Sculptor Best Known for His Close-up Photographs of Plants and Living Things)
Karl Blossfeldt
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Birthdate: June 13, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Schielo, Germany
Died: December 9

Karl Blossfeldt was a German photographer, artist, sculptor, and teacher. He is best remembered for his work Urformen der Kunst, a collection of close-up photos of animals and plants. The book became highly influential and Blossfeldt's works were used as teaching tools in Berlin. Blossfeldt also served as a professor at the United State Schools for Fine and Applied Art. 

 39 
Louis Anquetin
(Was a French Painter)
Louis Anquetin
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Birthdate: January 26, 1861
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Étrépagny, France
Died: August 19
 40 
Ellen Churchill Semple
(American Geographer Who Made Immense Contributions to the Development of Geography as Discipline in the US)
Ellen Churchill Semple
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Birthdate: January 8, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 8

Ellen Churchill Semple was an American geographer best remembered for her association with the Association of American Geographers, where she served as the first female president. Semple made immense contributions to the development of geography as discipline in the US, especially studies of human geography. In 1914, Semple was honored by the American Geographical Society with the Cullum Geographic Medal.

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Patrick Geddes
(Scottish Biologist, Sociologist and Pioneering Town Planner Who Coined the Term 'Conurbation')
Patrick Geddes
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 2, 1854
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died: April 17

Apart from being a sociologist and biologist, Patrick Geddes was known for his impeccable sense of town planning. While he initially taught botany in Dundee, he later turned to sociology and conducted studies in India, Mexico, and other countries. He was eventually knighted for his achievements.

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Anna Elizabeth Dickinson
(Orator)
Anna Elizabeth Dickinson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 28, 1842
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 22
 43 
Maironis
(Poet)
Maironis
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 2, 1862
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Raseiniai District Municipality, Lithuania
Died: June 28
 44 
Max Wolf
(Astronomer)
Max Wolf
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 21, 1863
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Heidelberg
Died: October 3

Born to a doctor father, German astronomer Max Wolf had an observatory in his backyard, as a child. He is best remembered for pioneering astrophotography and for discovering comets. He was also the first to use the stereocomparator, which helps locate motion in celestial photos.

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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: June 29, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States
Died: April 15

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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Franz von Hipper
(Admiral in the German Imperial Navy)
Franz von Hipper
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 13, 1863
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Weilheim in Oberbayern, Germany
Died: May 25
 47 
Augusta, Lady Gregory
(Dramatist)
Augusta, Lady Gregory
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 15, 1852
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Galway, Ireland
Died: May 22
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Charles W. Chesnutt
(Author)
Charles W. Chesnutt
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: November 17
 49 
Christian von Ehrenfels
(Philosopher)
Christian von Ehrenfels
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Birthdate: June 20, 1859
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 8

One of the pioneers of Gestalt psychology, Austrian philosopher Christian von Ehrenfels also made a significant contribution to the value theory. Apart from his pathbreaking work System of Value Theory, he had also penned plays and pamphlets. He also believed Asians were a threat to the European race.

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Dugald Clerk
(Scottish Engineer Known for Designing the World’s First Successful 'Two-Stroke Engine')
Dugald Clerk
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Birthdate: March 31, 1854
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: November 12

Scottish engineer Dugald Clerk is best known for his invention of the two-stroke engine, used widely in motorcycles and other machines. He also headed engineering research of the British Admiralty as its director and was knighted, too. He also co-established the intellectual property service provider Marks & Clerk.