Famous Swiss Activists

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Sean Hepburn Ferrer
(Film Producer)
Sean Hepburn Ferrer
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Birthdate: July 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lucerne

Sean Hepburn Ferrer is an American author and film producer who has worked on films, such as Inchon and Blood In Blood Out. Also known for his charity work, Sean established the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund a year after Audrey Hepburn's death. In 2020, he published a children's book, with the proceeds benefitting the European Organisation for Rare Diseases.

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Henry Dunant
(Swiss Humanitarian, Businessman and Co-Founder of the 'Red Cross')
Henry Dunant
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Birthdate: May 8, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
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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Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
(Swiss Educational Reformer and Pedagogue Who Exemplified Romanticism in His Approach)
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
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Birthdate: January 12, 1746
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: February 17, 1827

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi was a Swiss educational reformer and pedagogue. He is credited with establishing several educational institutions in French- and German-speaking regions of Switzerland. He also came up with many works explaining his modern principles of education. Thanks to Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Switzerland was able to overcome illiteracy as early as 1830.

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Benjamin Constant
(Swiss-French Statesmen, Political Thinker and Activist )
Benjamin Constant
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Birthdate: December 25, 1767
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: December 8, 1830

Swiss-French activist and author Benjamin Constant is best remembered for penning the classic French novel Adolphe, which was one of the earliest psychological novels. Initially the chamberlain to the duke of Brunswick, he later supported the French Revolution and became a Member of the Chamber of Deputies.

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Élie Ducommun
(Swiss Peace Activist Who Founded the 'League of Peace and Freedom' in 1867)
Élie Ducommun
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Birthdate: February 19, 1833
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Geneva
Died: December 7, 1906

Élie Ducommun was a Swiss peace activist best remembered for winning the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize. He is credited with founding the League of Peace and Freedom in 1867. In 1891, he was chosen to serve as the director of the first non-governmental international peace organization, International Peace Office. Élie Ducommun served in this position until his death in 1906.

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Alfred Métraux
(Ethnologist, Anthropologist, and Human Rights Leader)
Alfred Métraux
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Birthdate: November 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: April 12, 1963

Alfred Métraux was an Argentine and Swiss ethnologist, anthropologist, and human rights leader. He is best remembered for his work with UNESCO's Department of Social Science. Alfred Métraux is also remembered for publishing landmark studies of the Incas, the ancient cultures of Easter Island, and Haitian voodoo. 

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Albertine Necker de Saussure
(Genevan Educationist Known for Her Work 'l'Education Progressive')
Albertine Necker de Saussure
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Birthdate: April 9, 1766
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: April 13, 1841

The daughter of renowned Genevan scientist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, Albertine Necker de Saussure conducted experiments and maintained journals in her childhood. Following her marriage to a university lecturer, she remained a strong supporter of women’s education and even penned notes for her husband’s lectures. She is remembered for her iconic work l'Education Progressive.