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Famous Male Librarians

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List of famous male librarians, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male librarians list contains the most prominent and top males known for being librarians. There are thousand of males working as librarians in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic librarians have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a librarian then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list below has a variety of people, like Christoph Ackermann and R. Edward Gosnell, in it.

While this isn't a list of all male librarians, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male librarians?" and "Who are the best male librarians?"


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    Mao Zedong
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    Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1893-1976)
    • Birthplace: Shaoshan, China
    • Profession: Librarian, Politician
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    Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1706-1790)
    • Birthplace: Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Statesman, Librarian, Politician, Diplomat, Musician, + more
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    Marcel Proust
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    Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu, published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest authors of all time.more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1871-1922)
    • Birthplace: Auteuil-Neuilly-Passy
    • Profession: Librarian, Novelist, Essayist, Writer, Critic
    • Credits: Swann in Love, Time Regained, The Captive, À la recherche du temps perdu, Ici et là
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    Laozi
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    Laozi was a philosopher and poet of ancient China. He is best known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, but he is also revered as a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions. Although a legendary figure, he is usually dated to around the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (603 BC-530 BC)
    • Birthplace: China, Eurasia, Henan
    • Profession: Archivist, Philosopher
    • Credits: Seers and Clowns
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    Lewis Carroll
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    Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, which includes the poem Jabberwocky, and the poem ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1832-1898)
    • Birthplace: Cheshire, Borough of Halton, Eurasia, North West England, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Mathematician, Novelist, Author, Writer, Cleric, + more
    • Credits: Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland, The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland, Jabberwocky, Alice, + more
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    David Hume
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    David Hume was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and scepticism. In light of Hume's central role in the Scottish Enlightenment, and in the history of Western philosophy, Bryan Magee judged him as a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1711-1776)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Librarian, Historian, Economist, Philosopher
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    Jorge Luis Borges
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    Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges KBE, was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature. His work embraces the "character of unreality in all literature". His best-known books, Ficciones and El Aleph, published in the 1940s, are ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1899-1986)
    • Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Profession: Librarian, Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Invasión, Death and the Compass, The Spider's Stratagem, Los Cuentos de Borges: El Sur, Ghazal, + more
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    Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz
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    Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz was a German polymath and philosopher. He occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. Most scholars believe Leibniz developed calculus independently of Isaac Newton, and Leibniz's notation has been widely used ever since it was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1646-1716)
    • Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
    • Profession: Librarian, Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Philosopher, + more
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    Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
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    Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville was a French printer and bookseller who lived in Paris. He invented the earliest known sound recording device, the phonautograph, which was patented in France on 25 March 1857.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1817-1879)
    • Birthplace: France
    • Profession: Librarian, Inventor, Printer
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    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era. His plays and theoretical writings substantially influenced the development of German literature. He is widely considered by theatre ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1729-1781)
    • Birthplace: Kamenz, Germany
    • Profession: Librarian, Dramaturge, Art critic, Writer, Publicist, + more
    • Credits: Emilia Galotti, The Girl from Barnhelm
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    Eratosthenes
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    Eratosthenes of Cyrene was a Greek mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist. He was a man of learning, becoming the chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He invented the discipline of geography, including the terminology used today. He is best known for being the first ...more

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    • Birthplace: Cyrene, Libya
    • Profession: Librarian, Mathematician, Astronomer
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    Reinaldo Arenas was a Cuban poet, novelist, and playwright who despite his early sympathy for Fidel Castro and the 1959 revolution, grew critical of and then rebelled against the Cuban government.more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1943-1990)
    • Birthplace: Hurricane belt, Oriente Province, Cuba
    • Profession: Librarian, Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Before Night Falls
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    John Dee
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    John Dee was a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occult philosopher, imperialist and adviser to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination and Hermetic philosophy. Dee straddled the worlds of science and magic just as they were becoming distinguishable. One ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1527-1609)
    • Birthplace: Tower, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories
    • Profession: Librarian, Mathematician, Astrologer, Writer, Philosopher
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    Giacomo Casanova
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    Giacomo Girolamo Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, Histoire de ma vie, is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century. As was not uncommon at the time, Casanova, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1725-1798)
    • Birthplace: Venice, Scorzè, Italy
    • Profession: Librarian, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Fellini's Casanova, Giacomo Casanova: Childhood and Adolescence, Loves of Casanova
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    Adolfo Bioy Casares was an Argentine fiction writer, journalist, and translator. He was a friend and frequent collaborator with his fellow countryman Jorge Luis Borges, and wrote what many consider one of the best pieces of fantastic fiction, the novella The Invention of Morel.more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1914-1999)
    • Birthplace: Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Author, Translator, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Last Year at Marienbad, Invasión, Morel's Invention, The Others
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    Mohammad Khatami
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    Seyyed Mohammad Khatami is an Iranian scholar, Shia theologian, and Reformist politician. He served as the fifth President of Iran from 2 August 1997 to 3 August 2005. He also served as Iran's Minister of Culture from 1982 to 1992. He was an outspoken critic of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Ardakan, Iran
    • Profession: Librarian, Politician, Theologian, Writer
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    Arthur Fremont Rider was an American writer, poet, editor, inventor, genealogist, and librarian. He studied under Melvil Dewey, of whom he wrote a biography for the ALA. Throughout his life he wrote in several genres including plays, poetry, short stories, non-fiction and an auto-biography which he ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1885-1962)
    • Birthplace: Trenton, Mercer County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Profession: Librarian, Inventor, Writer
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    Archibald MacLeish
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    Archibald MacLeish was an American poet, writer, and the Librarian of Congress. He is associated with the Modernist school of poetry. He received three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1892-1982)
    • Birthplace: Glencoe, Illinois, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Librarian, Poet, Essayist, Writer, Lawyer, + more
    • Credits: The Eleanor Roosevelt Story, The Spanish Earth, Spain in Flames, Shortcut to Happiness
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    Isadore Gilbert Mudge was ranked by the magazine American Libraries as one of the top 100 important leaders that libraries have had in the 20th Century. Mudge was a defining influence on what a contemporary reference librarian is and was essential for helping organize and promote reference books for all ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1875-1957)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Librarian, Professor, Author
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    Daniel J. Boorstin
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    Daniel Joseph Boorstin was an American historian at the University of Chicago, writing on many topics in American history and world history. He was appointed twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress in 1975 and served until 1987. He was instrumental in the creation of the Library of Congress ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1914-2004)
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Librarian, Historian, Essayist, Writer, Lawyer
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