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Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Philosopher, Writer, & Composer Whose Political Philosophy Influenced the Progress of the Age of Enlightenment)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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Birthdate: June 28, 1712
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: July 2, 1778

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, composer, and writer. His political philosophy influenced aspects of the French Revolution. He also helped develop modern economic, political, and educational thought. His writing inspired a transformation in French drama and poetry. His works also influenced such writers around the world as Tolstoy. His works as a composer were acknowledged by composers like Mozart.

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Romain Grosjean
(Only Racing Driver to Hold Both the GP2 Asia Series and Main GP2 Series Titles Simultaneously)
Romain Grosjean
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries

Romain Grosjean is a racing driver who spent nine Formula One seasons with several teams. In 2011, he won the GP2 Series as well as the GP2 Asia Series, becoming the first two-time GP2 Asia champion. He currently competes in the US-based IndyCar Series.

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Kat Graham
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Role as ‘Bonnie Bennett’ in TV Series ‘The Vampire Diaries’)
Kat Graham
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Birthdate: September 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Kat Graham is best known for her Teen Choice Award-winning role of Bonnie Bennett in The Vampire Diaries. She also has two EPs and two albums to her credit. She has appeared in the movies The Parent Trap, Addicted, and All Eyez on Me. She is vegan and a polyglot.
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Kate Burton
(Best Known for Her Portrayal of Ellis Grey in the Popular Medical Drama Television Series, 'Grey's Anatomy')
Kate Burton
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Birthdate: September 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo

Kate Burton is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Ellis Grey in the popular medical drama television series, Grey's Anatomy. The daughter of famous actors, Sybil Christopher and Richard Burton, Kate is also renowned for her stage work and has received three Tony Award nominations so far. 

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Clint Capela
(Basketball player)
Clint Capela
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 18, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus

Swiss basketball player Clint Capela made history when he became his country’s highest-earning athlete of team sports. Known for his stints with the NBA teams Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets, the African-origin sports star had a tough childhood and grew up partly in foster care.

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Henry Dunant
(Swiss Humanitarian, Businessman and Co-Founder of the 'Red Cross')
Henry Dunant
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 8, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 30, 1910

Henry Dunant was a Swiss businessman, social activist, and humanitarian. He is credited with co-founding and promoting the Red Cross. In 1901, he became the first Swiss Nobel laureate when he was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. Dunant is also credited with founding the Swiss branch of YMCA. His life inspired the 1948 historical drama film, Man to Men.

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Denis Zakaria
(Swiss Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defensive Midfielder)
Denis Zakaria
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Carlo Ponti
(Conductor)
Carlo Ponti
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Pierre Jeanneret
(Swiss Architect)
Pierre Jeanneret
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: March 22, 1896
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: December 4, 1967
 10 
Maya Stojan
(Swiss Actress)
Maya Stojan
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Birthdate: June 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Sarah Lahbati
(Famous for winning the "Ultimate Female Survivor" title on the Philippine reality talent competition StarStruckess and Reality star famous for winning the)
Sarah Lahbati
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Birthdate: October 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Edoardo Ponti
(Director and Younger Son of Actress Sophia Loren and Producer Carlo Ponti Sr)
Edoardo Ponti
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Birthdate: January 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Writer-director Edoardo Ponti, best known for his 2020 production, The Life Ahead, debuted on screen as a child actor, appearing with his mother, Sophia Loren, as her on-screen son in the moviie Aurora. Beginning his career as a writer-director much later, he won multiple awards and nominations with his first feature film Between Strangers.

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Isabelle Eberhardt
(Explorer)
Isabelle Eberhardt
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 17, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 21, 1904
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Jacques Necker
(Genevan Statesman and Banker)
Jacques Necker
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 30, 1732
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 9, 1804
 15 
Ernest Bloch
(One of the Greatest Swiss Composers in History)
Ernest Bloch
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 24, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: July 15, 1959

Born to a Jewish family in Geneva, Ernest Bloch had learned to play the violin by age 9. Best known for works such as Avodath Hakodesh, Bloch composed music that carried a significant neoclassical trend. He also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a skilled photographer, too.

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Michel Simon
(Swiss-French Theatre and Film Actor)
Michel Simon
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Birthdate: April 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: May 30, 1975

Michel Simon was a Swiss-French actor best remembered for playing important roles in many successful French films like La Chienne, L'Atalante, and Boudu Saved from Drowning. In 1967, he was honored at the Berlin International Film Festival with the Silver Bear for Best Actor for his performance in the comedy-drama film, The Two of Us.

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Frank Martin
(Basketball coach)
Frank Martin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
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Joel Dicker
(Novelist)
Joel Dicker
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini

Though a qualified lawyer, Joel Dicker soared to fame with his French thriller novel La Vérité sur l’Affaire Harry Quebert, which became a bestseller and was translated into over 30 languages. The novel later won him awards such as the Grand Prix du Roman and was made into a TV mini-series.

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Ferdinand de Saussure
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Birthdate: November 26, 1857
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 22, 1913

Known as the father of linguistics, Ferdinand de Saussure laid down the concept of semiotics. He distinguished between parole and langue, leading later thinkers to explore structuralism. His only book was his dissertation on vowels in Indo-European languages, with the rest being collections of his lectures.

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Tariq Ramadan
(Swiss Muslim Academic, Philosopher and Writer)
Tariq Ramadan
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Birthdate: August 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo

Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan made headlines when he was accused of raping several women, including a disabled lady. He was also fined for revealing the name of one of his alleged victims in a book and an interview. The former Oxford professor had previously established Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

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Gerald Genta
(Design engineer, Watchmaker)
Gerald Genta
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 17, 2011
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Jakob Fuglsang
(Danish Professional Road Racing Cyclist)
Jakob Fuglsang
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Reto Ziegler
(Swiss Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left-Back)
Reto Ziegler
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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C. Douglas Dillon
(Diplomat)
C. Douglas Dillon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 10, 2003
 25 
Philippe Senderos
(Swiss Retired Professional Footballer Who Played as a Defender)
Philippe Senderos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Former Swiss footballer Philippe Senderos is known for his stints as a defender for teams such as Arsenal, A.C. Milan, and Aston Villa. Born to Serbian and Spanish immigrant parents, he speaks 7 languages. He was once the victim of a hoax that claimed he had converted to Islam.

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Martin Gero
(Screenwriter and co-executive producer for Stargate Atlantis and the creator of Blindspot)
Martin Gero
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Birthdate: July 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Melia Kreiling
(Swiss Actress)
Melia Kreiling
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Birthdate: October 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Princess Vittoria of Savoy
(Member of the House of Savoy)
Princess Vittoria of Savoy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 28, 2003
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont
(Prince)
Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer

Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont is the only male descendant of the former Italian king Umberto II. Since Italy banished the House of Savoy, he has lived in exile for 3 decades and is now a successful restaurateur in LA. He also often appears on Italian TV shows.

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Jeff Agoos
(American Former Professional Soccer Player Who Played as a Defender)
Jeff Agoos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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R. Norris Williams
(Tennis player)
R. Norris Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 29, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: June 2, 1968
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Gabriel Cramer
(Genevan Mathematician)
Gabriel Cramer
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 31, 1704
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 4, 1752

Born to a doctor, Gabriel Cramer showed an interest in math since childhood. He received his doctoral degree at 18 and was named the co-chair of the University of Geneva at 20. Known for his research on algebraic curves, he is also remembered for devising Cramer’s rule and Cramer’s paradox.

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Kojo Annan
(Son of the Former Un Secretary-General 'Kofi Annan')
Kojo Annan
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo

The only son of former secretary-general of the UN, Kofi Annan, Kojo Annan is a serial entrepreneur who has been associated with various companies, such as Vector Global and Made in Africa. The Swiss-born Ghanaian-Nigerian was a talented college rugby player and works to provide sports scholarships to African students.

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Simone Tata
(Businessperson)
Simone Tata
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 1930 AD

Swiss-born Simone Tata met her husband, Naval H. Tata., the adopted son of Sir Ratanji Tata and part of the Tata Group, on a trip to India. She later joined the board of Lakmé and transformed the Indian make-up industry, which, till then, relied on nothing more than cream and talcum powder.

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Jean-Étienne Liotard
(Swiss Painter Best Known for His Portraits in Pastel)
Jean-Étienne Liotard
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Birthdate: December 22, 1702
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 12, 1789

Swiss-born French-origin painter is best remembered for his pastel portraits. Having spent a considerable part of his career in Constantinople, he adopted Turkish costumes and sported a beard, thus earning the nickname the Turkish painter when he traveled to Vienna. His portraits include those of Empress Maria Theresa and the Princess of Wales.

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Julien Wanders
(Swiss Long-Distance Runner)
Julien Wanders
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Marc Rosset
(Swiss Former Professional Tennis Player)
Marc Rosset
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Apart from an Olympic gold medal, retired Swiss tennis star Marc Rosset also has 15 singles and 8 doubles ATP titles in his kitty. The former world number 9 is now a successful sports expert on Swiss TV. He has at least one singles title win in each surface.

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Augustin Pyramus de Candolle
(Swiss Botanist Who Established Scientific Structural Criteria for Determining Natural Relations Among Plant Genera)
Augustin Pyramus de Candolle
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 4, 1778
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 9, 1841

Swiss botanist Augustin Pyrame de Candolle excelled in literature and poetry in school but later focused on botany. He is remembered for establishing scientific standards and classification for plant genera. Known for his Théorie élémentaire de la botanique, he later lent his name to several plant species and genera.

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Henri Frédéric Amiel
(Swiss Moral Philosopher Best Known for His Book 'Journal Intime', a Masterpiece of Self-Analysis)
Henri Frédéric Amiel
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Birthdate: September 27, 1821
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 11, 1881

Best known for his popular Journal Intime, Henri Frédéric Amiel was orphaned at an early age and traveled with various European intellectuals to gain knowledge. Apart from teaching aesthetics and moral philosophy, he also wrote volumes of philosophy and poetry, apart from criticism of major philosophers.

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Jacqui Safra
(Billionaire Investor from Geneva)
Jacqui Safra
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 1940 AD
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Aga Khan IV
(49th Imam of Nizari Ismaili Shia Islam )
Aga Khan IV
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Aga Khan IV is the current Imam of Nizari Ismailism. Serving as the imam since 1957, Aga Khan claims to be a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. Apart from being the current leader of the Institution of the Imamate, Aga Khan is also a business magnate and one of the world's richest royals, according to Forbes.

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Thomas Jouannet
(Swiss Actor)
Thomas Jouannet
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Birthdate: September 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra

Thomas Jouannet is a Swiss actor who started his theatrical career in Paris, where he was trained by Jean Périmony. Subsequently, he was cast in several French TV movies and TV series before making his film debut in 2004 with the movie Tout pour l'oseille.

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Eliott Mounoud
(Swiss Beach Soccer Player Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Eliott Mounoud
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Jean Charles Léonard de Sismondi
(Historian)
Jean Charles Léonard de Sismondi
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Birthdate: May 9, 1773
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: June 25, 1842
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Bećir Omeragić
(Swiss Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Bećir Omeragić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Ella Maillart
(Swiss Alpine Skier and Sailor)
Ella Maillart
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 27, 1997
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Isaac Casaubon
(Scholar)
Isaac Casaubon
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Birthdate: February 18, 1559
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 1, 1614
 48 
Adolphe Appia
(Swiss Architect)
Adolphe Appia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 1, 1862
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 29, 1928
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Alex Rufer
(New Zealand Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defensive Midfielder)
Alex Rufer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 12, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Paul Tournier
(Physician)
Paul Tournier
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 12, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 7, 1986