Famous People Who Died In 1958

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1958. This list includes people like Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rosalind Franklin, Pope Pius XII, Ronald Colman, Harry Warner and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, poets, novelists and physicists who died in 1958. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Italy and many more countries.
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 1 
Rosalind Franklin
16
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: July 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Notting Hill, London, England
Died: April 16
Chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin is remembered for her pathbreaking X-ray diffraction studies of DNA, which helped in the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the double helix structure of DNA by Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins later. She also worked on the molecular structures of viruses. 
 2 
John B. Watson
(Psychologist)
John B. Watson
10
Birthdate: January 9, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Travelers Rest, South Carolina, United States
Died: September 25

John B. Watson was the first to introduce the theory of behaviorism to psychology. He believed human behavior, like animal behavior, should be studied under objective and experimental conditions. One of his experiments included conditioning the fear of white rats into an 11-year-old boy he named Little Albert.

 3 
Ralph Vaughan Williams
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 12, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Down Ampney, England
Died: August 26
 4 
Wolfgang Pauli
(One of the Pioneers of Quantum Physics and Winner of 1945 Nobel Prize for Physics)
Wolfgang Pauli
6
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 25, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 15

Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli is remembered for his contribution to quantum physics and for laying down the Pauli principle. While he was initially married to a cabaret dancer, the marriage ended in a divorce after a year. His written works are considered classics in science.

 5 
Ronald Colman
2
Birthdate: February 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Surrey, England
Died: May 19
 6 
Marie Stopes
(Paleobotanist & Women’s Rights Activists)
Marie Stopes
4
Birthdate: October 15, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: October 2

Apart from being a successful botanist, Marie Stopes was also a popular activist, known for her contribution to the feminist cause. A leading supporter of birth control, she established the UK’s first clinic for family planning. She was also known for her books Married Love and Wise Parenthood.

 7 
W. C. Handy
(Composer)
W. C. Handy
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 16, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence, Alabama, United States
Died: March 28
 8 
Robert W. Service
(Poet & Writer)
Robert W. Service
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 16, 1874
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England
Died: September 11

Robert W. Service was a British-Canadian poet and writer. Popularly called "the Bard of the Yukon," he wrote some of the most commercially successful poetry of his era. A bank clerk by profession, he often wrote while traveling for work. Besides poetry, he also wrote fiction and non-fiction. He was often compared to English writer and novelist Rudyard Kipling. 

 9 
Douglas Mawson
(Explorer, Geologist)
Douglas Mawson
2
Birthdate: May 5, 1882
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shipley
Died: October 14

Douglas Mawson was an Australian Antarctic explorer, geologist, and academic. Counted among the most important leaders of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Mawson was honored with a knighthood in 1914. Best remembered for his contribution to Australian geology, Mawson was featured on the Australian one-hundred-dollar note from 1984 to 1996.

 10 
Tris Speaker
(Baseball Player)
Tris Speaker
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 4, 1888
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hubbard, Texas, United States
Died: December 8
 11 
Edward Weston
(Photographer)
Edward Weston
1
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: March 24, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Died: January 1

Edward Weston was an American photographer and archer. Regarded as one of the most influential and innovative American photographers of all time, Weston became the first photographer to be honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1937. Some of his photographs, such as Nude, 1925 and Nautilus, are among the most expensive photographs ever sold.

 12 
Edna Purviance
(Actress)
Edna Purviance
4
Birthdate: October 21, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paradise Valley, Nevada, United States
Died: January 11
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 13 
Big Bill Broonzy
(Singer)
Big Bill Broonzy
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lake Dick, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 15
 14 
Mel Ott
(Baseball Player)
Mel Ott
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 2, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gretna, Louisiana, United States
Died: November 21
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 15 
Duncan Edwards
(Football player)
Duncan Edwards
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Woodside, Dudley, England
Died: February 21
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 16 
Claire Lee Chennault
(US Military Aviator Who Commanded the US Army Air Forces in China)
Claire Lee Chennault
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 6, 1893
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Commerce, Texas, United States
Died: July 27

US major general and military aviator Claire Lee Chennault is remembered for commanding the US Army Air Forces in China during WWII. He also formed the American Volunteer Group known as the Flying Tigers. He launched the commercial airline Civil Air Transport, which later became known as Air America.

 17 
Ole Kirk Christiansen
(Inventor)
Ole Kirk Christiansen
3
Birthdate: April 1, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Filskov, Denmark
Died: March 11
 18 
Charles F. Kettering
(Inventor, Engineer & Businessman)
Charles F. Kettering
5
Birthdate: August 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Loudonville, Ohio
Died: November 25

Charles F. Kettering was an American engineer, inventor, and businessman. Kettering is credited with founding Delco Electronics Corporation. Holder of 186 patents, Kettering is also credited with the invention of Freon refrigerant for air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Over the course of his career, Charles F. Kettering won prestigious awards like the IEEE Edison Medal, Hoover Medal, and Franklin Medal. 

 19 
Ernest Lawrence
(Physicist)
Ernest Lawrence
1
Birthdate: August 8, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canton, South Dakota, United States
Died: August 27
 20 
Robert Donat
10
Birthdate: March 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Withington, Manchester, England
Died: June 9
 21 
Alfred Noyes
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 16, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wolverhampton
Died: June 28
 22 
Christabel Pankhurst
(British Suffragette and Co-Founder of the 'Women’s Social and Political Union')
Christabel Pankhurst
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Died: February 13

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst was a British suffragette who co-founded the Women's Social and Political Union. From 1912 to 1913, Pankhurst directed the organization's militant actions from France. After the war, Christabel Pankhurst settled down in the United States of America where she served as an evangelist for the Second Coming movement.

 23 
Frédéric Joliot-Curie
3
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 19, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
Died: August 14

Frédéric Joliot-Curie was a French physicist whose discovery of artificial radioactivity earned him the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which was jointly awarded to Frédéric and his wife Irène Joliot-Curie. Along with his wife, Frédéric is credited with founding the Orsay Faculty of Sciences, a physics and mathematics school within Paris-Saclay University. He had also won the Stalin Peace Prize.

 24 
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
(Indian Independence Activist and 1st Indian Minister of Education)
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
8
Birthdate: November 11, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: February 22

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was an Indian independence activist, Islamic theologian, and scholar. He played a key role in the Indian independence movement, serving as a senior leader of the Congress. His contribution to the Indian education system is recognized across India by celebrating his birthday as National Education Day

 25 
Milutin Milanković
(Serbian Climatologist Who Gave the Explanation of Earth's Climate Changes, Which Partly Explained the Ice Ages)
Milutin Milanković
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 28, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dalj, Croatia
Died: December 12

Milutin Milanković was a Serbian astronomer, mathematician, geophysicist, climatologist, and civil engineer. He is best remembered for his explanation of Earth's climate changes, which partly explained the ice ages. Milutin Milankovitch's biography inspired a 2007 documentary film titled A Traveler Through Distant Worlds and Times.

 26 
Harry Cohn
(Film producer)
Harry Cohn
3
Birthdate: July 23, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: February 27
 27 
Pope Pius XII
(Pope (1939-1958))
Pope Pius XII
11
Birthdate: March 2, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: October 9

Pope Pius XII served as the head of the Catholic Church and the sovereign of the Vatican City from 1939 till 1958. Of the many positions he had held, one was the secretaryship of the Department of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs. He is remembered for negotiating the treaty of Reichskonkordat.

 28 
Peter Collins
(Former British Racing Driver Who Died in a Fatal Crash in the 1958 German Grand Prix)
Peter Collins
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
Died: August 3

British racing-driver Peter Collins commenced his career at age 17 and gained-attention during Formula 3 races. He ranked third during the 1951 Autosport National Formula 3 Championship. He won the 1958 British Grand Prix and a couple of weeks later met with a fatal accident during the German Grand Prix. He was rushed to hospital, but died later that day.

 29 
John Hubert Marshall
(Archaeologist)
John Hubert Marshall
0
Birthdate: March 19, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chester, England
Died: August 17
 30 
Doris Humphrey
(Dancer and Choreographer)
Doris Humphrey
0
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: October 17, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: December 29

One of the pioneers of American modern dance, Doris Humphrey had begun her career with the Denishawn dance school. The daughter of a pianist mother, she later launched her own dance school with her mother as the manager. She also excelled in American vaudeville and promoted the dance movement theory.

 31 
Norman Bel Geddes
(American Theatrical and Industrial Designer)
Norman Bel Geddes
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 27, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Adrian, Michigan, United States
Died: May 8

American theatrical and industrial designer, Norman Bel Geddes helped popularize “streamlining” as a distinct modern style. He influenced the design of major furniture, railroads, automobiles, and hotels. His revolutionary vision led to a collaboration with Max Reinhardt in the theatrical production of The Miracle. Among his most notable designs was Futurama exhibit at the New York World's Fair of 1939.

 32 
Mary Roberts Rinehart
(Writer)
Mary Roberts Rinehart
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 12, 1876
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (now Pittsburgh), United States
Died: September 22
 33 
Clinton Davisson
(Physicist)
Clinton Davisson
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 22, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bloomington, Illinois, United States
Died: February 1
 34 
Ernst Heinrich Heinkel
(Aeronautical engineer)
Ernst Heinrich Heinkel
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 24, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grunbach, Germany
Died: January 30
 35 
Chuck Klein
(Baseball player)
Chuck Klein
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 7, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: March 28
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 36 
Viktor Schauberger
(Forester, Inventor, Writer)
Viktor Schauberger
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 30, 1885
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Schwarzenberg am Böhmerwald
Died: September 25

Austrian forest caretaker, naturalist, pseudoscientist, biomimicry experimenter, inventor and philosopher, Viktor Schauberger came up with his own concepts based on his observations of nature. He mentioned in the Implosion magazine that the propeller was incorrectly designed by the aeronautical and marine engineers.

 37 
C.M. Kornbluth
(Author)
C.M. Kornbluth
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 21
 38 
Kurt Alder
(Chemist)
Kurt Alder
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 10, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Königshütte (Chorzów), Silesia
Died: June 20

Kurt Alder was a German chemist whose work on the Diels-Alder reaction, which is named after him and his teacher Diels, earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1950. Alder is also remembered for working with Ferdinand Münz, the inventor of EDTA. Over the course of his career, Kurt Alder won many prestigious awards and honorary degrees.

 39 
Hubert Wilkins
(Australian Polar Explorer, Ornithologist, Pilot, Soldier, Geographer and Photographer)
Hubert Wilkins
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 31, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mount Bryan, Australia
Died: November 30

Australian-born British explorer and ornithologist Hubert Wilkins is best remembered for pioneering the use of the submarine for polar exploration. While he initially studied photography and engineering, he later embarked on the world’s first transpolar airplane flight across the Arctic and the first over parts of Antarctica.

 40 
Lion Feuchtwanger
(Novelist)
Lion Feuchtwanger
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 7, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: December 21
 41 
Rudolf von Laban
(Dance Artist)
Rudolf von Laban
0
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: December 15, 1879
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pozsony, Kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire
Died: July 1
 42 
Alfred Weber
(Economist, Educationist, Sociologist, University teacher)
Alfred Weber
0
Birthdate: July 30, 1868
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Erfurt
Died: May 2

Alfred Weber was a German geographer, sociologist, economist, and theoretician of culture. Weber's work and contribution played a key role in the progression of modern economic geography. The younger brother of Max Weber, Alfred Weber contributed theories for analyzing social processes, social change as a confluence of civilization, and culture.

 43 
Princess Louise of Orléans
(Princess)
Princess Louise of Orléans
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 24, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cannes, France
Died: April 18
 44 
Douglas Jardine
(English Cricketer)
Douglas Jardine
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 23, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malabar Hill, Mumbai, India
Died: June 18
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 45 
Karl Lashley
(Psychologist, University teacher)
Karl Lashley
0
Birthdate: June 7, 1890
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Davis
Died: August 7
 46 
Robert Service
(Writer, Poet, Novelist)
Robert Service
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 16, 1874
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: City of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Died: September 11
 47 
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia
(Nurse)
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russian
Died: December 13
 48 
Willie Maley
(Scottish International Football Player and Manager)
Willie Maley
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 25, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newry, County Down, Ireland
Died: April 2
 49 
Rose Macaulay
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 1, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rugby, England
Died: October 30
 50 
Harry Wills
(Boxer)
Harry Wills
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: December 21
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)