Historians

A historian may refer to any person who is involved in the study of history of a particular period of time or any other kind of social phenomenon that has occurred in the past. Historians are regarded as the authority in affairs related to history and they may be involved in many kinds of research activities of past events. In the late 19th century, the profession of a historian became one of the established professions, after many universities were delving into research work. It is very important for a historian to treat all the facts that he procures with a certain degree of objectivity and consider counter evidences that he comes across. Historians hold a significant and important position in the society as they play the role of telling the world the truth. Historians may also be involved in the research of already established facts to ascertain truth or provide other sources of information. The job of a historian is versatile and dynamic one as their work can provide many pieces of information that is hitherto unknown to the world. This collection of biographies with trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history will provide detailed information on famous historians.
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 1 Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: December 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Regarded by many as the father of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky has authored over 100 books on varied topics, such as politics, linguistics, and war. A multi-talented personality, Noam Chomsky is considered a popular figure in analytic philosophy. Apart from influencing a wide array of academic fields, he has also contributed to the development of cognitivism.

 2 Anthony Blunt

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Famous As: Art Historian, University Teacher
Birthdate: September 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: March 26, 1983
Art historian Anthony Blunt is best remembered as part of the spy group Cambridge Five. His confession, revealed after years, stripped him of his knighthood. An expert on the works of Baroque painter Nicolas Poussin, he had also authored works such as Art and Architecture in France 1500–1700.
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 3 Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 4 Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault
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Famous As: French philosopher
Birthdate: October 15, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
Died: June 25, 1984

If others thought the body was the prison of the soul, Paul-Michel Foucault felt the other way round. The French philosopher, literary critic and Leftist who interpreted the link between power and knowledge, was a post-structuralist whose theories have left a mark on anthropology, psychology and criminology. The feminist was one of the noted personalities to have died of HIV/AIDS.

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 5 Niccolò Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli
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Famous As: Political Philosopher
Birthdate: May 3, 1469
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 21, 1527
Italian Renaissance philosopher, diplomat, and author Niccolò Machiavelli is remembered for his work The Prince. He believed that the end or the intention behind any action justifies the action. He gave rise to the term Machiavellianism, which signifies the use of deceit and treachery to achieve one’s goals. 

 6 Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian, Biographer
Birthdate: May 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 7 Herodotus

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Famous As: The Father of History
Birthdate: 0483 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0425 BC

Herodotus was a Greek historian credited with writing a book titled The Histories, a detailed record on the genesis of the Greco-Persian Wars. Dubbed the Father of History, Herodotus is widely believed to have been the first person to write about historical events based on information gathered about the events through a method of systematic investigation.

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 8 Terry Jones

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British, Welsh
Died: January 21, 2020
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 9 Max Weber

Maximilian Carl Emil Weber
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: April 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: June 14, 1920

Max Weber was a German historian, political economist, jurist, and sociologist. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and important theorists, Weber's ideas had a profound influence on social research and social theory. Although he did not see himself as a sociologist, Weber is often counted among the fathers of sociology alongside Émile Durkheim, Auguste Comte, and Karl Marx.

 10 George McGovern

George McGovern
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Famous As: Politician, Soldier, Historian
Birthdate: July 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: October 21, 2012
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 11 Heather Cox Richardson

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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Nationality: American

 12 David Hume

David Hume
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Famous As: Philosopher & Historian
Birthdate: April 26, 1711
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Scottish
Died: August 25, 1776

Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, and economist, David Hume, is considered one of the most important philosophers to write in English. His book, A Treatise of Human Nature, is counted among the most influential works in the history of philosophy. His works have influenced numerous thinkers, including German philosopher Immanuel Kant and Christian philosopher Joseph Butler.

 13 Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson
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Famous As: Historian, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: September 5, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 14 Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian
Birthdate: January 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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 15 Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian, Writer, War correspondent
Birthdate: July 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 16 Ejner Johansson

Ejner Johansson
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Famous As: Art Historian
Birthdate: March 7, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Danish
Died: September 28, 2001
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 17 Lucy Worsley

Lucy Worsley
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 18 Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: February 25, 1304
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Moroccan
Died: 1377 AD

 19 Gregg Wallace

Gregg Wallace
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Famous As: TV Presenters
Birthdate: October 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 20 Bill James

Bill James
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: October 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 21 Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 22 David Eisenhower

David Eisenhower
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: March 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 23 Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte
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Famous As: Politician, Historian, Teacher, Pianist
Birthdate: February 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch

 24 Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville
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Birthdate: July 29, 1805
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: April 16, 1859

 25 Josephus

Josephus
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Famous As: Historian, Scholar
Birthdate: 0037 AD
Nationality: Israeli, Italian
Died: 0100 AD

 26 Thucydides

Thucydides
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 0460 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0400 BC

 27 Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson
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Famous As: Writer, Economic historian, Historian, University teacher, Journalist, Economist
Birthdate: April 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 28 Allan Lichtman

Allan Lichtman
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: April 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 29 Ibn Khaldun

Ibn Khaldun
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Famous As: Historiographer
Birthdate: May 27, 1332
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Egyptian, Tunisian
Died: March 19, 1406

 30 Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama
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Famous As: Writer, Political scientist, Blogger, Economist
Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 31 Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn
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Famous As: Playwright, Political scientist, Historian of the modern age, Historian, Writer, University teacher, Pacifist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 27, 2010

 32 Michael Beschloss

Michael Beschloss
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Famous As: American historian
Birthdate: November 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 33 Gilles Deleuze

Gilles Deleuze
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Famous As: Philosopher, Historian, Writer, University teacher, Philosophy historian, Journalist
Birthdate: January 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: November 4, 1995

 34 Tacitus

Tacitus
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 0056 AD
Nationality: Ancient Roman
Died: 0120 AD

 35 David Irving

David Irving
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 36 Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson
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Famous As: Historian, Biographer
Birthdate: October 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 37 Bettany Hughes

Bettany Hughes
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Famous As: historian
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Nationality: British

 38 Amfilohije Radovic

Amfilohije Radovic
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: January 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Montenegrins
Died: October 30, 2020

 39 Bartolomé de las Casas

Bartolomé de las Casas
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: November 11, 1484
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Spanish
Died: July 18, 1566

 40 Eric Bogosian

Eric Bogosian
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 41 Xenophon

Xenophon
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Birthdate: 0430 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0354 BC

 42 Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair
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Famous As: Barrister
Birthdate: September 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 43 Simon Russell Beale

Simon Russell Beale
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Malaysian, British

 44 Tim Considine

Tim Considine
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 31, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 45 Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum
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Famous As: Columnist, Historian, Writer, Non-fiction writer, Journalist
Birthdate: July 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Polish, American

 46 Michael Parenti

Michael Parenti
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Famous As: political scientist, historian, journalist
Birthdate: 1933 AD
Nationality: Italian

 47 Suzannah Lipscomb

Suzannah Lipscomb
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Famous As: historian
Birthdate: December 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 48 David Starkey

David Starkey
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Famous As: Historian, Radio personality, Writer
Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 49 Friedrich Schiller

Friedrich Schiller
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Famous As: Poet, Playwright, Historian & Philosopher
Birthdate: November 10, 1759
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: May 9, 1805

 50 Thomas Babington Macaulay

Thomas Babington Macaulay
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: October 25, 1800
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: December 28, 1859
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